Bishop of Sheffield’s Blog wins top Digital Award

17th November 2015

The blog from the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft has won the “Most Inspiring Leadership Blog” category of the annual Premier Digital Awards.  It was announced at a special ceremony held at The Brewery in London on 14 November.

Bishop Steven regularly posts items on his blog relating to things of local and national interest.  Recent items include comments on the steel industry, refugee crisis, climate change and the increasing influence of social media.  One post entitled “Advising Mr Cameron: lessons from an ancient kingdom” has reached nearly 7,000 people to date.

The blog is written in a very accessible style and frequently strives to highlight the daily issues faced by people living and working in Sheffield and South Yorkshire.  It is complemented by the weekly blog of the Bishop of Doncaster, Peter Burrows.  Together the ‘Bishops Blogs’ have become a central part of the website of the Diocese of Sheffield, and are the second most visited part of the website.

On hearing the news that he secured first place in the category, Bishop Steven, an avid user of digital media, immediately tweeted his thanks to the organisers of the event:

“@premierdigi Many thanks for the award. Greatly appreciated. Sorry I couldn't be there.”

He later said:

“I didn’t expect to win this at all as the other entries were of such high quality.  It is very humbling and I was just very honoured to be nominated and shortlisted.  It really is a team effort though and I must thank them and the blog developers, Creative Stream, for developing the platform.”

The Premier Digital Awards seeks to celebrate and encourage excellence in Christian engagement online. In the spirit of Philippians 4:8, the awards aim to focus attention on those people and projects that can serve as examples of best practice for the benefit of the Church.

LJ Buxton, Communications Manager for the Diocese of Sheffield, said:

“It is really is a very justified award and I am delighted to see Bishop Steven recognised in this way.  I am very lucky within the Diocese to work with not just one, but two Bishops that recognise the importance and power of digital communications in the world today.”

There were a total of 16 categories for the Awards.  The full details of all the winners and runners-up can be found at:

http://www.premierdigital.org.uk/Premier-Digital-Awards/Winners-2015

Bishop Steven’s blog can be found at:

http://www.sheffield.anglican.org/blog

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