Newspaper and magazine veteran appointed Anglican Journal editor

Kristin Jenkins, a journalist and communicator with more than 30 years of experience with magazines, newspapers and in corporate settings, has been appointed editor of the Anglican Journal, the Anglican Church of Canada’s editorially independent monthly newspaper.

For the past eight months, Ms Jenkins has worked as communications coordinator for the Anglican Church’s Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.

She succeeds Leanne Larmondin, who resigned as editor about a year ago and Keith Knight who has served as interim editor since Ms Larmondin’s departure.

Ms. Jenkins’ appointment as editor was recommended by a panel that interviewed four  candidates out of more than 40 who applied for the editor’s job. The recommendation was endorsed by the Journal’s Board of Directors in an email vote. The board also voted its thanks to Mr. Knight for his stewardship of the newspaper during the time it took to hire a new editor.

The Journal, though partly funded by the church, is separately incorporated and governed by its own board, which is elected by the Council of General Synod.

Ms. Jenkins’ experience includes employment by Maclean-Hunter Publishing, Rogers Media and the Toronto Star as well as employment in several corporate settings.

“What impressed the panel the most about Ms. Jenkins was the strength of her responses across all areas covered by our questions, from the importance of editorial independence to the Journal’s growing presence on the web,” said Vianney (Sam) Carriere, the church’s communications director, who chaired the interview panel.

“There were no weak spots in her presentation, and her love for the newspaper and respect for its staff were readily apparently.”

Ms Jenkins will assume the editorship in early July, in time for the production of the newspaper’s September edition.

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