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2023 Associated Church Press - Overall Excellence Best in Class - Newspaper

Out of 821 entries in 76 categories, The Fig Tree received a national 2023 Best of The Associated Church Press (ACP) honorable mention award in the category "Overall Excellence/Best in Class" for newspaper on May 17, 2024, at the ACP Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Each year, The ACP, which has served religious communicators since 1916, honors faith communicators' best work with these awards for new and established newspapers, magazines, journals, news services, newsletters, blogs and websites.

"The religious landscape has changed in recent year," noted the awards information. "With it, the role of faith-based journalism has changed, and the role of communicators has been reinvented and reimagined."

In that category, the award of merit went to The Alabama Baptist and the award of excellence, to The Baptist Paper.

2023 Religion Communicators DeRose-Hinkhouse Award in Newspaper Series

At the April 4 to 6, 2024, Religion Communicators Council (RCC) annual convention in Louisville, Ky., The Fig Tree received a DeRose-Hinkhouse Award in the periodicals class newspaper series category for four issues—September to December 2023.

There were nine periodical awards among 90 awards in 60 categories including books, websites, specialty publications, news magazines, broadcasts, video shorts and features, podcasts, social media, periodical writing, specialized writing, photography, videography, illustration, design and campaigns.

The awards are given annually to RCC members who demonstrate excellence in religious communications. The notice is at, click 2024.

Previous Awards and Recognitions

Previously The Fig Tree and its editors received the following awards and recognitions:

  • In 2008, the Washington Association of Churches recognized The Fig Tree ecumenical leadership for spreading the news on ecumenical activities.
  • In 2010, the Northwest Alliance for Responsible Media Award went to The Fig Tree for responsible media practices.
  • In 2011, the Eva Lassman "Take Action Against Hate" Award was presented to Mary Stamp for working to overcome hate by modeling peace and justice journalism.
  • In 2012, Jo Hendricks, editorial writer, received the NW Alliance for Responsible Media award for media excellence.
  • In 2014, Mary Stamp lit the fifth candle for the Righteous Among the Nations during the Spokane Observance of the Holocaust for promotion of human rights in media.
  • In 2018, the Faith Action Network of Washington recognized The Fig Tree as an interfaith leader for bringing interfaith voices to the public square.