New Journalism Award Recognizes Excellence in Presenting a Christian Worldview

Barb Wire

ORLANDO (Christian Life Missions) — A $5,000 first-place journalism and Christian writing award recognizing excellence in presenting a Christian worldview will be awarded in June by Christian Life Missions (CLM). Called the Walker Journalism Award, the scholarship honors the memory of Christian journalism pioneer Robert Walker, who also founded CLM, and will be given to the winner of a writing competition that also includes a $2,500 second-place and $1,500 third-place prize.

The contest is open to any current undergraduate or graduate student in the United States. Writing entries must present a Christian worldview and must have been published in the 12 months preceding the May 15, 2014 deadline. Though the entries must have been published in any media format — print, radio, television or online — a printed or recorded proof of publication is required. Entries will be judged on clarity of writing, excellence of thought and the impact of what was written. In addition, judges will give weight to the significance of the media platform used.

The Walker Journalism Award is designed to encourage presenting a Christian worldview in the media, to reward writing excellence, and to encourage Christian students. The award will be decided and presented by June 30 in the form of a scholarship.

Since the 1980s a Robert Walker Scholarship has been awarded periodically to journalism students. This year marks the first time the scholarship will come through a writing competition in the tradition of the William Randolph Hearst Award, which has recognized journalism students at accredited journalism colleges for decades. CLM’s new award will differ from the Hearst Award, however, in that students submitting are not required to be journalism majors but merely full-time undergraduates or graduate students at any U.S. institution of higher education. In addition, students from secular or Christian colleges and universities are welcome to participate.

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Entries can be emailed to Walker Journalism Award at scholarship@christianlifemissions.org or sent by mail to 600 Rinehart Road, Lake Mary, FL 32746, Attention:  Rosella Ridings. More information is available at www.christianlifemissions.org.

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