2020 has seen a massive change in many areas of the young writers program – a functionary of Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today.
There have been four major re-directions
Instead of the Panellists marking each and every article as in previous years, in 2020 it has been changed to each young writer selecting in Cycle 5 what they themselves consider to be their BEST article.
In 2020 the Panellists now only mark each young writer’s BEST article – one only. This reduces the Panellists work load and makes it much more straight forward for the two statisticians.
The Awards this year may be a YouTube video event due to Covid 19 restrictions.
Moving the 3rd week of young writers
This is a little complicated as it involves the moving of senior writers from Week 5 back to Week 3 – more on that later.
The Week 3 young writers were relocated to Week 5 which resulted in Week 5 being ‘all young writers’.
Australian young writers from Week 3
Australian Over 31s young writers
International’s Over 31s young writers
5 Over 31s to Seniors writers .
There are two basic reasons for this move.
First, Christian Today editor David Chang wanted Over 31s bought into the senior writers group to maintain younger faces in senior writers – not bringing in older heads, but allowing the young writers to work through the system. He also noticed many other international Christian publications had columnists being in their 30’s and 40’s.
Second, we found there were too many young people in Week 5 - this resulted in two Over 31 New Zealanders become NZ senior writers and 3 international Over 31s become international senior writers.
Gavin Lawrie coordinates the Australian and International senior writers with a Week 1 due date– they are published in Weeks 1, 2 and 3 of each Cycle. Previously senior writers in Week 5 had to wait 5 weeks to be published.
Now, when there is a gap in the 6 articles per day publishing program, perhaps a young writer became a no-show, with many senior writers in Week 3 can be bought forward to fill any such gap. This has worked well.
Second, the New Zealand senior writers are published in Week 4 of each Cycle. They have their own coordinator Wayne Graham in Wellington, NZ. There are eight NZ senior writers – three of whom are Over 31s.
The young writer program is as follows
Kiwi young writers
5 senior writers
Kiwi young writers
7 senior writers
Kiwi young writers – includes a sport writer
13 senior writers
8 NZ senior writers
Australian young writers 18-30
Australian Over 31s
International Over 31s
Each of the 5 weeks has an Australian sport writer
Every 2nd week there are a number of Mission articles
Each week there are a number of Christian News items
Dr Mark Tronson also writes a number of articles
What all this means is 6 articles every day published in Christian Today
Behind the scenes
Each of those weeks have their own
Coordindator - send the due date reminders
Late article chaser
Christian media connect
1-2 line overview for Facebook – a roster
Stand Alone -
Aust, Kiwi, Interl’s -
There is one person for each who connects to Christian Today
Every role is a win-win for the young writers with an international column and being of a fabulous team.
A monthly newsletter of one page with photos
A weekly young writer memo – email
The Sunday E-Blast - more personal
Monthly Newsy Bits
Newsy Bits video team
Occasional major event videos
Numbers of our people write books and publish them on-line and one has a small publishing company Star Label which recently publish a book of young writer articles – hard copy – 40,000 online outlets promoting the book. It’s title “God In Life”.
It is all quite an amazing outreach of the Lord.
Dr Mark Tronson is a Baptist minister (retired) who served as the Australian cricket team chaplain for 17 years (2000 ret) and established Life After Cricket in 2001. He was recognised by the Olympic Ministry Medal in 2009 presented by Carl Lewis Olympian of the Century. He mentors young writers and has written 24 books, and enjoys writing. He is married to Delma, with four adult children and grand-children. Dr Tronson writes a daily article for Christian Today Australia (since 2008) and in November 2016 established Christian Today New Zealand. Dr Mark Tronson’s Press Service International in 2019 was awarded the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award, The Gutenberg.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at