Press Service International in association with Christian Today commenced Cycle 1 of the young writer program on Monday 14 January, and five weeks later Cycle 2 has commenced with a number of fresh people.
Each of the 5 Weeks in the Cycles has its own
Coordinator - sends the reminders
Editor - edits the week’s articles
Photo selector - selects the photos for each article
New backroom people
2019 has seen numbers of new ‘backroom’ people that ensures the young writer program functions smoothly.
Internationals 18-30 years of age
Coordinator – Crystelda Naidoo - South Africa
Week 3 - Australian young writers
Coordinator - Rachel Li
Editor - Bridget Brenton - Brisbane
Week 4 - Australian young writers
Coordinator - Susan Barnes
Week 5 - Australian Over 31s
Editor - Peter Brookshaw - Melbourne
Photo selector - John Lemmon - Melbourne
NZ / Internatonals Over 31s
Coordinator - Mussita Ng - Wellington NZ
Editor - Joseph Kolapudi - Brisbane
Photo selector - Jackson Laninga - Auckland NZ
Kiwi young writers
Editor - Esther Koh - Wellington
Weeks 1 and 2 Coordinator - Jessica McPherson - Christchurch
Week 3 - Coordinator - Jessica Knell
These people are those who have come into the program ‘behind the scenes’ but does not list those who have been in these roles for some years.
Huge year ahead
The first five Cycles – each Cycle consists of 5 weeks of young writers in various designations - have the young writer articles being marked by various sets of Panellists for the annual Basil Sellers Awards held at the annual young writer conference (this year 2019 in Melbourne).
The second set of 5 Cycles (July-December) brings each young writer a total of 10 articles each. This is a huge number of articles to coordinate.
Consider the number of young writers in this massive team of people, each with a different title and subject matter, no two titles the same, the work involved behind the scenes and you have on your hands a massive undertaking.
The only way it can work is for there to be a team of people behind the scenes each putting in their contributions for it to all come together with a fresh bunch of articles each day for publication in Christian Today.
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