The young writers program of Press Service International in conjunction with Christian Today now functioning for 10 years - and since 2013 have had a series of ‘behind the scenes’ people to ensure the young writer program runs smoothly.
The 2019 young writer program is no different and their energies put in place the mechanisms whereby each of the 105 young writers in the program get published. They are set apart in various groups.
The Week Coordinators send out the reminders for their due dates, and once in, they check the letterheads and BIOs. Then they are forwarded to the Week Editor.
The Week Editors check each of the articles for the usual errors in grammar and syntax and forward any suspect theology to the two in-house theologians. Once all edited - they are forwarded to the national office.
The photo selectors meanwhile select from the various free photo on-line sites for each article as Christian Today editor David Chang says a good photo brings with it a plethora of additional readers.
The two in-house theologians are Bishop Brian Carrell in Christchurch and Dr Vic Matthews based in Moruya, NSW. The week editors also have helpers to work through difficult articles, Rev Paul Cornish (Taranaki) and Vic Matthews.
Australians 18-30 - Week 1 of 3
Coordinator - Russell Modlin
Editor - Rebecca Moore
Photo Selector - Michael Dahlenburgh
Australians 18-30 - Week 2 of 3
Coordinator - Rachel Li
Editor - Bridget Brenton
Photo Selector - Jo Fuller
Australians 18-30 - Week 3 of 3
Coordinator - Susan Barnes
Editor - Aira Chilcott
Photo Selector - Aira Chilcott
New Zealand 18-30
Coordinator (Weeks 1 and 2) - Jessica McPherson - Christchurch
(Week 3) - Jessica Knell - Auckland
Editor - Esther Koh
Photo Selector - Kevin Park
Kiwi young writer Facebook uploads
Jessica McPherson and Richard Kwon – month about
Christchurch and Auckland
Late article chaser – Rebecca Howan
PayPal - Richard Kwon
CTNZ - Tim Newman
Coordinator - Crystelda Naidoo
Editor - David Lean
Photo Selector - Josh Robbie
Jeremy Dover - Melbourne
Over 31s Australians
Coordinator - Ashley Menelaws
Editor - Peter Brookshaw
Photo Selector - John Lemmon
Over 31s NZ – Internationals
Coordinator - Mussita Ng
Editor - Joseph Kolapudi
Photo Selector - Jackson Laninga
These are the ‘special’ people who serve in behind the scenes roles which ensure the process runs smoothly for the young writer program.
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.
Mark Tronson's archive of articles can be viewed at http://www.pressserviceinternational.org/mark-tronson.html