Missouri Synod publications win seven awards from Associated Church Press


ST. LOUIS, May 8, 2012—Reporter and The Lutheran Witness, the two official periodicals of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, received a total of seven awards from the Associated Church Press (ACP) for work done in 2011. The awards were presented at the ACP's annual convention, April 30-May 2 in Chicago.
Reporter was honored among national and international newspapers in the “Best in Class” category with a third-place Honorable Mention.
Three Reporter stories also received awards:

  •  Award of Merit (second place) for “Teacher finds 340-year-old German Bible” (posted online Jan. 20, 2011), by freelance writer Linda C. Hoops of Venice, Fla., in the "Feature Story, News Service/Newsletter/Website/Blog" category.
  • Award of Merit for “A week after tornado, survivors 'overwhelmed,' need help” (posted online May 5, 2011), by freelancer Kim Plummer Krull of Kirkwood, Mo., in the “News Story, News Service/Newsletter/Website/Blog” category.
  • Honorable Mention for “Supreme Court hears critical case on religious freedom” (November 2011 issue), by David L. Strand, executive director of LCMS Communications, in the category of “In-Depth Coverage, Newspaper/News Service/Newsletter/Website/Blog.”

The Lutheran Witness won a first-place Award of Excellence in the “Graphics, Magazine Cover” category for its September 2011 issue that illustrated the cover story, “Marking Time Is Making Time.” Named on the award were Vicky Schaeffer, senior designer, and Adriane Dorr, managing editor.
The Lutheran Witness also won two Honorable Mentions:


  • in “Graphics, Magazine Design, Entire Issue,” for September 2011,
  • and in “Graphics, Publication Redesign.” The magazine was redesigned in January 2011.
  • James H. Heine, executive editor of both publications, said “it's always a thrill” to be recognized in the annual competition. “Our staff is incredibly talented and hard-working, and I commend them for another year of quality work.”

Founded in 1916, the ACP is the oldest interdenominational religious press association in North America, with a membership of more than 200 publications, websites, news services and individuals. Judges for the competition included working and retired journalists and journalism professors, editors and graphic designers.
To read more about the Associated Church Press and its annual competition, visit www.theacp.org.

About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis, Mo. Founded in 1847, the LCMS has about 2.3 million baptized members in more than 6,000 congregations and more than 9,000 pastors. Two seminaries and 10 colleges and universities operate under the auspices of the LCMS, and its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. The church broadcasts the saving message of Jesus Christ over KFUO Radio, and it has relationships and active mission work in 89 countries around the world. In the last five years, the LCMS has awarded more than $35 million through more than 900 domestic and international grants for emergency response and disaster relief. Today, the LCMS is in full doctrinal fellowship with 33 other confessional Lutheran church bodies worldwide and is a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, a social ministry organization serving one in every 50 Americans. For more information, visit www.lcms.org.


Vicki Biggs
Director, Integrated Communications
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
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