LBCLive, the periodical published by the Louisiana Baptist Convention, was recognized with three significant awards by the Louisiana Press Association at their 2008 Awards Banquet, April 25th.
ALEXANDRIA – LBCLive, the periodical published by the Louisiana Baptist Convention, was recognized with three significant awards by the Louisiana Press Association at their 2008 Awards Banquet, April 25th.
The Baptist Message, the official newsjournal of the LBC, was recognized by the Evangelical Press Association, in the category of Best Redesign at its recent annual meeting.
“It is one thing to be recognized by our fellow Baptist peers. It is quite another for the general journalist population to take notice of the excellent publication produced by Louisiana Southern Baptists,” said John L. Yeats, director of the LBC Communications Team.
The Cooperative Program funded publication received first place for Best Front Page in the category of Free Circulation and Special Interest Editorial publications. It also won third place in General Excellence. The Kansas Press Association judges indicated on the score pages that there weren’t enough ads. However, LBCLive was the first place 2007 General Excellence winner.
Along with LBCLive awards, Stacey Billger, former LBC missions media strategist and current International Mission Board employee, won 1st and 2nd place in Individual Feature Photography for her extraordinary photography of mission projects with Louisiana Baptist churches featured inLBCLive.
Seventy-nine Louisiana periodicals were engaged in the Better Newspaper Competition. LBCLive was part of the Free Circulation and Special Interest Editorial category.
In 2008, LBCLive was a quarterly magazine. Beginning January, 2009, LBCLive began being distributed as a special section of the Baptist Message. As a result, these meaningful feature stories, transformational columns and vital information are now distributed twice each month.
“We knew the day would come when we would change the methods [we] use to distribute information. The collaboration with the Baptist Message, the E-newsletter and the LBCLive Web site is a significant step toward the future of communications with cooperating Southern Baptist churches in Louisiana,” Yeats said.
“Whether a Baptist receives the testimony of transformational cooperative ministries via print or the electronic media, they can expect LBC ministries to demonstrate excellence. The Louisiana Press Association affirmed our standards. We are grateful.”
When the Evangelical Press Association (EPA), a national organization with more than 350 members, gathered for its annual meeting May 6-8 in Indianapolis, Ind., the Baptist Message was among the publications receiving accolades.
EPA judges were impressed with the overall design of the paper and took special note of the new “striking” Baptist Message masthead, created by Production Editor Philip Timothy.
“Part of our mission statement says that we ‘strive to produce a publication that, in content and style, honors God,’” said Baptist Message Editor Kelly Boggs. “So really, pleasing the Lord is what matters, but it’s nice when our peers in Christian publishing recognize our effort.” Boggs noted that the EPA presented The Message with its “Award of Excellence” in 2007 in the category of Most Improved Publication.
The Message was selected fifth from a nationwide field that included such publications as Tapestry – published by Walk Thru the Bible, Ministry and Leadership – produced by The Reformed Theological Seminary in Oviedo, Fl., and Christian Press – a national newspaper based in Newton, Kan.
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