Wilbur Awards

2018 Wilbur Awards

2018 Wilbur Awards entry form brochure and categories (entries are now closed)

Wilbur Awards Banquet: Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia

For over 88 years the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) has helped tell the story at the intersection of faith and the public arena, all the while encouraging understanding and respect among faith groups.

RCC presents the Wilbur Awards to promote and encourage excellence in the communication of religious faith and positive values through a variety of secular media. We want to recognize the work of individuals and agencies as they communicate about religious issues, values and themes, with professionalism, fairness and honesty.

The Wilbur Award, first given in 1949, honors Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in the field of religious public relations. Each Wilbur stained glass trophy is individually hand-crafted. An eloquent thank you for excellent work!

We keep sponsoring the annual Wilbur Awards because so many of you keep turning out such great work!

Competition is judged by media professionals in a jury process. The basic criteria of content, creativity, execution and results, apply in the evaluation of each entry. The ultimate criterion is excellence in the communication of religious values.

Shirley Struchen and Andy RawlsShirley Struchen and Andy Rawls provide leadership for the Wilbur Awards program

Shirley Struchen, RCC Executive Director since 2001, is coordinator of the 2018 Wilbur Awards.

Dr. Andrew “Andy” B. Rawls, former director of media services at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is producer of the 2018 Wilbur Awards event for the 28th year. He recieved a “Special Wilbur” in 2012 as Producer Extraordinaire for his many years of creatively producing the RCC Wilbur Program.

Wilbur Awards host

M. Alexis Scott

Alexis ScottM. Alexis Scott has a long career as a newspaper journalist, executive and visionary community leader.

After nearly 17 years as publisher of the Atlanta Daily World, a newspaper founded by her grandfather in 1928, she was part of the executive team that opened the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta in 2014.

Before joining the team at The Center, her responsibilities at the Atlanta Daily World included management of its overall business operations and news content. In addition, she wrote a regular column.

Before taking the helm of her family’s newspaper, Ms. Scott had a 22-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox Enterprises, Inc., where she worked her way up from reporter to vice president/community affairs at the AJC, and director of diversity at Cox.

She is also a political commentator on the Georgia Gang, a week-in-review program broadcast Sundays on FOX 5 Atlanta. She has appeared regularly since 2002.

Previous award winners

2017 (for work completed in 2016)

2016 (for work completed in 2015)

2015 (for work completed in 2014)

2014 (for work completed in 2013)

2013 (for work completed in 2012)

2012 (for work completed in 2011)

2011 (for work completed in 2010)

2010 (for work completed in 2009)

2009 (for work completed in 2008)

2008 (for work completed in 2007)

2007 (for work completed in 2006)

2006 (for work completed in 2005)

2005 (for work completed in 2004)

2004 (for work completed in 2003)

2003 (for work completed in 2002)

2002 (for work completed in 2001)

2001 (for work completed in 2000)

2000 (for work completed in 1999)

1998 (for work completed in 1997)

1996 (for work completed in 1995)

1992 (for work completed in 1991)

For more information about the Religion Communicators Council or to become a member, please contact:

Shirley Struchen
Phone: 212-870-2402
E-mail: sstruchen@rcn.com

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