The Press Service International young writer program in conjunction with Christian Today has annual awards, indeed celebrated at each year’s conference – these are determined by different sets of panellists.
These are the people who read and mark the articles – this covers the first six months of each year – and these points determine the winners.
International young writers’ Panellists
The international young writer Panellists kick-started the 2019 year with Week 1 of the young writer program which commenced on Monday 14 January.
At the end of Week 1, the hyperlinks of the international young writer articles were sent to each of the 5 Panellists who are designated to mark their articles. This is Cycle 1 completed for the international young writers.
Vic Matthews - Moruya
Mark Flippance - Adelaide
Darren Lawson - Rockhampton
Sean Spencer - Midge Point
Tim Everton - Adelaide
Having marked each of the articles out of 10 and documented those marks on the proforma sheet, those marking sheets are sent direct to Aira Chilott in Canberra who collates the marketing sheets and then forwards them to statistician Bill Chilcott.
Kiwi young writers
The Kiwi young writers likewise commenced their 2019 year on Monday 14 January and their articles were housed in Christian Today New Zealand for the first three weeks of Cycle 1.
Week 4 are the NZ senior writers and Week 5 are the Kiwi Over 31s, therefore at the end of the third week of Cycle 1 the Kiwi young writer hyperlinked articles were collated and sent to the NZ Panellists. That was last Friday, 1 February.
New Zealand Panellists -
Brian Carrell - Christchurch
Liz Hay - Castle Hill
Wayne Graham - Wellington
Sarah Richards - Wellington
Christina Tyson – Wellington
Having marked each of the articles out of 10 and documented those marks on the proforma sheet, those marking sheets are sent direct to Liz Hay who collates the marketing sheets and serves as NZ statistician.
Australian young writers
As the International young writers commenced the 2019 year on Monday 14 January, the Australian young writers commenced the new year on Monday 21 January and are housed in Weeks 2, 3 and 4, whereas Week 5 are the Over 31s.
This means the end of Week 4 is this Friday whereby the hyperlinked articles will be collated and sent to the panellists. Once marked they are sent by the Panellists to Aira Chilcott who collates them and forwards them to statistician Bill Chilcott.
Gavin Lawrie - Tweed Heads
Aira Chilcott - Canberra
Vicki Nunn - Rockhampton
Cheryl McGrath - Melbourne
Kandima Awendila - Gold Coast
There are five sport writers who each write one particle over the 5 Week Cycle and their articles are collated and sent to the Sport Panellists.
Peter Nelson - Batemans Bay
Simon Farrer - Melbourne
Tim Wilson - Canada
John Skinner - Warwick
Josh Robbie - South Africa
Over 31s Panellists
There are two separate groups of Over 31s and each has its own set of panellists and they all are published in Week 5 of the Christian Today program. These panellists get started at the end of next week, Friday 15 February.
Australian Over 31s Panellists
Tm McDonald - Mackay
John Skinner - Warwick
Jan Archibald - Sydney
Colin Miles - Sunshine Coast
Margaret Pearce - Midge Point
NZ / Internationals Over 31s Panellists
Christina Tyson - Wellington NZ
Rex Dale - Melbourne
Ian Aylward - Gladstone
John Yates - Perth
Wayne Walters - Melbourne
The Over 31s points are sent to John Grocott their statistician.
Young people 18-30 years interested in writing for Christian Today with your own column please 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 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.
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- 1984 - Australian cricket team chaplain 17 years (Ret)
- 2001 - Life After Cricket (18 years Ret)
- 2009 - Olympic Ministry Medal – presented by Carl Lewis
- 2019 - The Gutenberg - (ARPA Christian Media premier award)
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