In April, Word&Way received eight awards — including one for top overall local/regional magazine — from three religious communication organizations honoring excellence in religious journalism in 2017. The awards tie the most awards for Word&Way in a single year, matching the mark set in 1990 for 1989 coverage. In all, Word&Way has garnered more than 140 awards since 1978.
“We are honored by the recognition from our peers for our work,” Word&Way Editor Brian Kaylor said. “These awards recognize the quality journalism Word&Way provides. Yet, our work does more than just win awards. In Word&Way, you’ll find real news that leads you back to the Good News. And none of that would be possible without the support of our readers and donors.”
The Religion Communicators Council named Word&Way as the top overall local magazine at its annual convention in Atlanta, Ga., on April 5. RCC also gave Word&Way the second-highest award for single local/regional magazine issue for the August 2017 issue. Additionally, Kaylor took the second award in news writing series category for articles in the August issue on “15 Years of Missouri Baptist Lawsuits,” and the second award for digital photo series for photos from Cuba in the December issue.
The Associated Church Press awarded Word&Way its third-highest award for print publication redesign during its annual meeting in Chicago, Ill., on April 20. The award recognizes the significant changes in the magazine in 2017. Additionally, Kaylor the third-highest award for editorial courage for his column “The Myth of Amazing Grace” in the September issue.
The Baptist Communicators Association also recognized Word&Way for redesigning the magazine during its annual convention in Washington, D.C., on April 20. Word&Way received second place for print redesign. Additionally, Kaylor received second place in the first-person column category for his piece “Prayers of a Preschool Parent” in the May issue.