The Australian young writers program was initiated way back in 2009 when Christian Today editor David Chang and Australian cricket chaplain Dr Mark Tronson put their heads together.
In 2008 Mark Tronson was invited by then editor Szelang Chan to commence a daily column and a year later new editor David Chang suggested adding a daily sport article. Too much, but five young people writing sport was adopted.
This worked so well, that by the end of 2009 other young people had joined the Christian Today young writer team writing on a broad spectrum of subjects. Today there are 110 young writers.
This year 2021, after three years of ‘stand alone’ the Kiwi young writers and the International writers have separated and running their own programs.
The young writer program is run by Press Service International – one of the ministries of Well-Being Australia. Christian Today is the publisher.
Australians a fresh era
2021 sees the Australian young writers thrusting excitedly through a fresh encounter in their publishing in Christian Today.
There are a number of categories for your interest. There are 5 Weeks in each Cycle.
Week 1 - Australian 18-30s
Week 2 - Australians 18-30s
Week 3 - Australian senior writers
Week 4- - NZ /. Internationals
Week 5 - Australian Over 31s
How it all works
Christian Today publishes all these articles as there are teams of backroom people for each week to make it all work.
Each week has the following functionary roles
Coordinator - sends reminders for young writers due dates
Editor - edits the Week’s articles
Photo selector - when no photo is sent with the article, a photo is selected
Late article chaser - self explanatory
Facebook and Instagram - uploads articles
Stand Alone - connects with Christian Today with each week’s articles
New young writer - any new young writer is connected via this person
Panellists - they mark the articles for the annual awards
Statisticians - collate the Panellist’s points
Annual young writer conferences - Young Writer Brain’s Trust
Each year a change over
Each new year there is the inevitable groups who move on and another group of young writers join the team of young writers.
Some return to the young writers and other opt for the 2 articles a year option.
New young writers 2021
Dr Brian Yip
Kelly Thompson - Sport
Ash Menelaws - returned
Travis Barnes - to Senior Writers
Nick Lee - to Senior Writers
There are 20 former young writers over these 12 years who have sought to be part old the 2 article a year group.
Interested in having an international column published in Christian Today – connect with Dr Mark Tronson firstname.lastname@example.org 0419 917 713
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 25 books, and enjoys writing. 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 Gutenberg’ - the Australasian Religious Press Association’s premier award. In September 2020 Summer Moore presented her commission portrait of Dr Mark Tronson holding the Gutenberg plaque. He and David Chang editor of Christian Today together bought the young writer ministry into fruition in 2009. In 2011 Mark established Laguna Quays Respite (Whitsundays) for missionary respite and replicated at Aldinga Beach 2016 (Adelaide) and Greens Beach Bass Straight (TAS). His ministry is honoured all these years by Christian philanthropist Mr Basil Sellers AM. He is married to Delma (44 years), with four adult married children and grand-children.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at https://www.pressserviceinternational.org/dr-mark-t.html