2018 Convention: April 5-7 in Atlanta, Georgia — Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication

2019 Convention: April 10-13, 2019 in Chicago

  • RCC and ACP will meet jointly.
  • RCC will celebrate its 90th year anniversary, 1929-2019.
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RCC to hear Rev. Michael Waters, Wilbur Award winning author

 The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter of Religion Communicators Council (RCC) will join the Gusto! program at King of Glory Lutheran Church in Dallas to hear Wilbur Award winner Rev. Michael Waters speak on Social Justice, Hope and Empowerment. The presentation will be Monday, May 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the church's location 6411 LBJ Freeway in Dallas.

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Religion communicators explore peace and justice through communication

By Patrick Horn

Shirley Struchen, executive director of RCC, speaks at the opening plenary session of the 2018 convention (photo by George Conklin).

Religion communicators, meeting in Atlanta last week during the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, explored how communication could help advance peace and justice. The theme for the 89th annual national convention of the Religion Communicators Council, which ran from April 5 through 7, was “Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication.”

The Religion Communicators Council is an organization of interfaith communication and public relations professionals founded in 1929. They present the prestigious Wilbur Award of excellence for secular journalism on religious issues and the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards for members who demonstrate excellence in communications.

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Stories about race in America lead the 2018 Wilbur Awards

By Skyler Nimmons

2018 Wilbur Award winners (photo by Malinda Rawls)

ATLANTA — Days after the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in his birthplace of Atlanta, notably the heart of the South with a complicated history of race, equality, and justice, the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) celebrated the winners of the 2018 Wilbur Awards.

RCC announced 22 Wilbur Award winners March 5. The awards honor the creative journalistic excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious, social justice, and political issues, values and themes in culture during 2017.

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Tips when covering Islam and Muslims

Wajahat AliTop 30 do's and don'ts when covering Islam and Muslims — Tips from Wajahat Ali, co-host of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream to the 2015 RCC National Convention.

The first three are:

  • Do diversify your portfolio of token Muslims. Different Muslim super heroes have different superpowers.
  • Do not assume Arabs = Muslims and Muslims = Arab. Do not use them interchangeably.
  • Do seek out Muslims who are black and/or white and or other colors. They exist, not all are brown.

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Convention news

Religion communicators explore peace and justice through communication

Stories about race in America lead the 2018 Wilbur Awards

Religion communicators visit Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights

Reframing diversity and inclusion

RCC elects Board of Governors, hears reports at annual business meeting

Be prepared: copyright, trademark and privacy laws do affect religion communication

Breaking through noise requires research, planning

Annual reports tell your story one year at a time

Faith groups should recommit to leadership on civil rights, panel members say

Building relationships is key in communication leadership

Enhancing your story with digital media

To work more smartly in social media, realize it’s not all about you

Reach your audience with these six steps

From theory to practice: Teaching, learning, and communicating in interfaith studies

Find commonalities, then go deeper and understand our differences

Communicators attend workshop on crisis scenarios

Reputation management requires planning, evaluation of risks and opportunities

Ask, decide, and take action: Tips for visualizing expanded media engagement

Awards presented to religion communicators

Intersectional justice: Gender, race, and religion in the media

RCC members learn about Atlanta’s history

Atlanta convention opens with keynote on “Realizing the Dream”

Atlanta in Spring!

Matters of Church and State, not so separate among winning entries for 2018 Wilbur Awards

Spotlight on Speakers for RCC 2018

How faith communities use public relations

Convention News – Tour of Historic Atlanta

2018 convention engages how faith communities use public relations

Workshops at spring 2018 convention to help Religion Communicators polish skills


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