The Press Service International (PSI) “young writer” program with Christian Today has seen some major leadership developments for this New Year and it is a joy to my heart to see such.
These new roles have been developed to ease the pressure on me and bring on into leadership these Generation Y young people in the PSI program.
Week Photo Selectors
Late article chasers
Christian media coordinators
Sophia Sinclair set the pace in 2015
Sophia Sinclair took on the serious task in 2015 of collating the weekly articles, editing them, giving each a date for publication and sending the week's articles to Christian Today on the Friday of each week for the following week.
Moreover, Sophia was an Australian Religious Press Association award winning professional editor (CMSNZ) and before that a journalist with the NZ National Broadcaster. Sophia has recently written the official book on the history of New Zealand CMS (Church Missionary Society). Sophia also writes as a PSI Christian Today Columnist. Sophia and husband Andrew were in Sydney at that time doing a theology degree at the Sydney Missionary Bible College while Sophia maintains her professional areas with PSI and caring for her children.
In 2017 Sophia and Andrew are their family relocated back to New Zealand and Sophia last September was elected the President of the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARPA.
The PSI program has the young writers set in “weekly groups”. Each young writer sends in their article to their week co-ordinator. This co-ordinator does a first edit and then forwards them on to the Week Editor.
Week 1 - Russell Modlin
Week 2 - Rachel Li
Week 3 - Susan Barnes
Week 4 - Josh Robbie - new
Week 5 - Nic Lee - new
Week 1 - Rebecca Moore
Week 2 - Bridget Brenton
Week 3 - Aira Chilcott
Week 4 - Mussita Ng
Week 5 - Peter Brookshaw
The Brain’s Trust is both a sounding board to the young writers program, and hplan each year’s conference. Last year the Brain’s Trust met in Melbourne in May, and this year the Brain’s Trust meet on the Gold Coast on 2 May at the Living Temple Christian Church (Tugun Baptist) adjacent to the Gold Coast Airport.
This year a special feature is a photo of the Brain’s Trust with the Gutenberg plaque, the 2019 premier award of the Australasian Religious Press Association (ARTPA) to the young writers ministry – Press Service International
Sam Gillespie - Chair
With planning of the 2020 young writer conference on May 2 two additional young writers have been invited to attend, Brisbane’s Joseph Kolapudi and Josiah Gray.
Two of the young writers Amy Manners (Adelaide) and Cartia Moore (Sunshine Coast) produce bi-monthly news videos for the young writers.
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