Religion Communicators Council

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The Religion Communicators Council is a U.S. nonprofit organization representing marketing, communications and public relations officers from 60 different faith-based institutions. Founded in 1929 as the Religious Publicity Council, it changed its name to the National Religious Publicity Council in 1949, the Religious Public Relations Council in 1963, and became the Religion Communicators Council in 1998.[1] It was originally focused on communications needs for Christian organizations, but in 1970 it expanded its membership to all religious faiths.[1]

The organization is headquartered in the Interchurch Center in New York City and has 13 branches across the U.S.[2] It hosts an annual conference to discuss media strategies and issues.[3] It also presents the Wilbur Awards, an annual tribute to mainstream media's coverage of faith-based issues.[4]

Wilbur Awards[edit]

The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, values and themes. Winners receive a stained-glass trophy and $250. The award is named for Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations and longtime council leader.[5]

2010[edit]

  • Newspapers, feature story: "Young Muslims after 9/11," Peter Smith, The Courier Journal, Louisville, Ky.[6]
  • Newspapers, series: "Faith in Motion," Mindy Rubenstein, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.
  • Newspapers, column: "Sunday Reflections," Tracey O’Shaughnessy, Republican-American, Waterbury, Conn.
  • Newspapers, blogs: "Under God," David Waters, The Washington Post.
  • Magazines, article: "The Rise of the Godless," Paul Starobin, National Journal.
  • Magazines, columns: Lisa Miller, Newsweek.
  • Editorial Cartoons: John Sherffius, Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo.
  • Books: Have A Little Faith, Mitch Albom, Hyperion ISBN 978-0-7868-6872-8.
  • Television, local news: "Shepherd Me Oh God," Randy Biery, photography, and Fran Riley, reporter, KWQC-TV, Davenport, Iowa.
  • Television, national news: CBS Evening News: Weekend Edition, "Peace on Earth," John Blackstone, correspondent; Erin Lyall George, producer; and Patricia Shevlin, executive producer.
  • Television, national news magazine: Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, "Wintley Phipps," Kim Lawton, correspondent, Judy Reynolds, producer.
  • Television, documentary: "Science of the Soul," Associated Producers, Toronto, Canada, Simcha Jacobovici, writer/director.
  • Radio: "The Soundscapes of Faith," Laura Kwerel, writer/producer, Katie Davis, editor, Interfaith Voices, Brentwood, Md.
  • Film: "Blood Done Sign My Name," Paladin and Real Folk Productions, written and directed by Jeb Stuart.
  • Lifetime Achievement: Bob Abernethy.

The 2010 Awards were presented on April 9 during Religion Communication Congress 2010 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. Manya A. Brachear, religion reporter for the Chicago Tribune and a double Wilbur Awards winner in 2009, was master of ceremonies.[5]

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  • Editorial Cartoons: Jef Mallett, for Frazz
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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Religion Communicators Council Joins Universal Accreditation Board". PRSA Media. February 27, 2002. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Religion Communicators Explore Wider Media, Corporate Channels". PR News/Access Intelligence. May 8, 2006. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  3. ^ Dr. Bob Edgar (April 24, 2003). "Faith and the Environment". News from the National Council of Churches. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  4. ^ Bruce Tomaso (March 24, 2007). "DMN Religion section named best in nation". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-02-14. 
  5. ^ a b "14 secular media organizations win 2010 Wilbur Awards". Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  6. ^ Peter Smith (September 6, 2009). "Young Muslims after 9/11". , Louisville, Ky.: The Courier Journal. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 

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