CHICAGO – Florida Conference Connection, the digital news page of the Florida Conference, took first place for annual conference electronic news publications at this year’s meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators.
Managing editor Susan Green, who represented the conference communications team at the event, also collected three awards for writing excellence, including first place in feature news articles and the “Best in Class,” Donn Doten Award of Excellence in the Division A, annual conference, category.
The Florida Conference’s first-place award in digital publications, Division A, recognized an entry that consisted of three samples of the Florida Conference Connection news page for a calendar year ending July 31. Dave Walter and Don Youngs of Connectional Ministries worked with Green to compose the entries.
As a Florida Conference writer, Green received first-, second- and third-place awards in feature news articles for annual conferences. The first-place entry received a judges' score of 50 out of 50 points and was named "Best in Class." Titled "Many UM worshipers still waiting for a sign," the story addressed the need for better options in United Methodist churches for people who cannot hear well and featured the ministry of First UMC, Lakeland, among others.
In accepting the award, Green pointed out that all features of Florida Conference Connection are the product of hard work by the entire communications team. She also thanked Dr. Tom Hudspeth of Lovers Lane UMC, Dallas, who sits on national Methodist committees concerned with deaf ministries, for his help in developing the piece.
A Florida Conference Connection article titled "Reaching students the Wesley way," which posted Sept. 18, 2012, received second place with 49 out of 50 points. This was a back-to-college article that reflected on the history, rewards and changing challenges for campus ministries in Florida.
Awarded third place was "Community partners help church fill special needs," a story and sidebar from Jan. 17, 2013, that focused on different approaches to special needs ministries in our local churches and how those ministries are expected to be even more critical in the years to come. It received 46 out of 50 points.
“I was delighted that the committee, through these awards, chose to spotlight the inspiring work of our local churches and campus ministries,” Green said. “In fact, ‘inspirational’ was the word most repeated in the judges' comments. I hope this recognition will inspire our congregations to continue telling stories of Christ at work in their lives and communities.”