The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has annual awards, celebrated at the recent Christchurch conference – these are determined by different sets of panellists.
These are the people who read and then mark the articles - for the first six months of 2018 - so as to determine the winners.
During October and November Bishop Brian Carrell chaired the Panellists Commission where the panellists saw the current system working well, There were a couple of suggestions – original articles only be considered for each writer's ”Best Article”. If at all possible, the panellists commit to each and every Cycle rather than skipping one or two.
Articles get marked out of 1-10 points. The major awards are the Basil Sellers Awards for 1st place, a youth development award and the Tony Dunkerley Sport Writer Award. A 2nd place award may be considered.
The 2017 Awards Commission separating 18-30 year olds for the Basil Sellers Awards from those over 31-39 not-so-young writers, a different set of panellists are required for these.
New Zealand Panellists
- one vacancy
- three vancies
Panellists for the over 31's writers
- two vacancies
The policy is as-far-as-possible to have current or former young writers as Panellists – in 2018 these young writers are Panellists.
Current Panellists as former young writers
Laura Veloso - Sunshine Coast
Kandima Awendila - Gold Coast
Tim Wilson - Masters College, LA
Josh Robbie - South Africa
Tim McDonald - Mackay
Talisa Pariss - Brisbane
All this illustrates there are five vacancies as panellists - three panellists for the international young writers and two vacancies for the Over 31s. We welcome volunteers as Panellists
Young people 18-30 years interested in writing for Christian Today with your own column please connect with Dr Mark Tronson email@example.com 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 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