New workshops announced for Chicago RCC Convention

Religion communicators to gather March 30-April 1, 2017 in Chicago

CHICAGO — “Virtually Here, There and Everywhere: Faith Communications and Presence” is theme of Religion Communicators Council’s three-day convention, March 30-April 1, 2017. Everyone is welcome!

“We are anticipating more than 150 faith communicators in Chicago to network and examine violence and faith, the latest advancements in communications technology, and advancing religious literacy,” said Casey Tom, national RCC President. “RCC continues to foster faith communicators in their professional development.”

Among the workshops with leaders are:

  • Re-writing the script: analyzing gender and religion in the media with Dr. Glory Dharmaraj and Karri Whipple
  • Five (or more) ways to make one sick blog with Jessica Mesman Griffith
  • News from the frontlines: defeating anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant movements with Kalia Abiade
  • Theater as a communicator: the Silk Road Rising story with co-founders Malik Gillani and Jamil Khoury
  • Crisis communications: not “if,” but “when” with Katherine Kerr, APR
  • Three keys to reaching people through Facebook – beautiful, now, and personal with Rev. Francis J. Hoffman (“Father Rocky”)
  • Advancing ministry through Accreditation in Public Relations with Douglas F. Cannon, Ph.D., APR+M, Fellow PRSA

A full list of plenaries and workshop presenters is available at RCC convention web page.

As part of the convention each year, RCC recognizes excellence through two award ceremonies, the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards and the Wilbur Awards.

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are given annually to active RCC members who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations. For more information, see the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards web page.

The Wilbur Awards, which recognize excellence in the communication of religious issues, values and themes in secular media, have been presented annually since 1949. Basic criteria include content, creativity, execution and results, but the ultimate criterion is excellence in the communication of religious values. For more information, see the Wilbur Awards web page.

For more information on the convention, including hotel information and registration, please visit the convention registration web site. Full registration is $395, and includes all presentations, workshops, scheduled meals, and awards banquets. Spouses or partners may attend for $295. Students can attend for $200. Individual event tickets will also be available from the event registration site.


 About the Religion Communicators Council

The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Members represent diverse faith communities. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States.

Shirley Struchen

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