Wilbur Awards

2017 Wilbur Awards

Entry deadline: February 6, 2017 for work completed in 2016

Wilbur Awards 2017 brochure & entry form

Wilbur Awards 2017 entry form - PDF version

Wilbur Awards 2017 entry form - online version

Wilbur Awards 2017 categories

For over 86 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 2016 Wilbur Awards.

Dr. Andrew “Andy” B. Rawls, former director of media services at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is producer of the 2016 Wilbur Awards event for the 26th year. He recieved a “Special Wilbur” in 2012 as Producer Extraordinaire for his many years of creatively producing the RCC Wilbur Program.

2016 Wilbur Award winners (for work produced during 2015)

The Wilbur Awards Ceremony was held April 2, 2016 at the historic St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York City.

News coverage

Photos from the 2016 Wilbur Awards ceremony – RCC gives you permission to use these photos.

Wilbur Award winners

Newspaper Articles: National or Top 15 Metro Markets

 “China’s Crackdown on Crosses,” Didi Tang, writer; The Associated Press.

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Rachel Zoll, AP religion reporter, who accepted on behalf of Didi Tang.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Newspaper Articles: All Other Markets

 “Series of Religious Articles,” Betsy Hiel, Middle East correspondent; Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Betsy Hiel.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Newspaper Articles: Commentary, Blog, or Column

“Faith Matters” columns, David Waters, writer; The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN

Video from awards ceremony

Magazine Articles: National or Top 15 Metro Markets

 “Our Man in the Vatican,” Paul Elie, writer, David Friend, editor; Vanity Fair Magazine

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Paul Elie.

Photo by George Conklin.

Magazine Articles: All Other Markets

 “Falling in Love with the Earth: Francis’ Faithful Ecology,” Jacob J. Erickson, writer; Religion Dispatches

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Jacob Erickson.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Magazine Articles: Commentary, Blog, or Column

“Saint Fred,” Jonathan Merritt, author; The Atlantic Magazine

Video from awards ceremony

Books: Non-Fiction

 Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution, Diana Butler Bass, writer; HarperOne an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Richard Bass who accepted on behalf of his wife Diana Butler Bass.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Feature Films: Documentary (30 minutes or longer)

 “The Armor of Light,” Abigail E. Disney, director; Kathleen Hughes co-director and producer, Eva Anisko, producer; Purple Mickey Productions in association with Fork Films

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Kathleen Hughes.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Digital Communications: Faith-Based Blogs

 “Christians, Conflict, and Change,” David Gushee, writer; Religion News Service

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to David Gushee.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Digital Communications: Online News Stories

“How an Evangelical Creationist Accepted Evolution,” Rachel Gross, writer; Slate

Video from awards ceremony

Digital Communications: Multimedia

 “How the Ultimate Scandal Saved One Pastor,” John Blake; CNN

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to John Blake.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Television & Cable: Network News or National Syndication (up to 8 minutes)

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley: Football Nun,” Steve Capus, executive producer: Dean Reynolds, correspondent; Kim Godwin, senior broadcast producer; Wendy Krantz, producer; Larry Goldfine, editor

Video from awards ceremony

Television & Cable: Network News or National Syndication (8 minutes or longer)

 “CBS Sunday Morning: The Girl in the Picture,” Jane Pauley, correspondent: Mary Lou Teel; producer, Lauren Barnello, producer/editor; Rand Morrison, executive producer.

Fr. James Gardiner, Wilbur Awards host, looks on as Jane Pauley accepts the award on for the CBS Sunday Morning team.

The Wilbur Awards are presented annually for excellence in communication of religious ideas. The 2016 awards ceremony was held April 2, 2016 in New York City.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Television & Cable: Public Broadcasting (up to 8 minutes)

 “Rancher Nuns,” Lucky Severson, correspondent; Trent Harris, producer; Arnie Labaton, executive producer; Bob Abernethy, host; Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Kim Lawton, Managing Editor and Correspondent for Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Television & Cable: Public Broadcasting (8 minutes or longer)

 “CHAPLAINS,” Martin Doblmeier, producer/director; Ellen Tripler, Nathan DeWild, producers; Journey Films, American Public Television

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Martin Doblmeier.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Television & Cable: News – Local

 “Reverse Food Truck,” David Schechter, reporter; Taylor Lumsden, camera operator; Brian Hardcastle, chief editor; WFAA-TV/ABC, Dallas, TX

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to M.E. Clary who accepted on behalf of the team.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Television & Cable: Documentary (up to 30 minutes)

 “Marriage, Religion, and Modern Life,” John P. Blessington, senior executive producer; Elizabeth Kineke, executive producer; CBS Religion & Culture

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Elizabeth Kineke.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Television & Cable: Documentary (30 minutes or longer)

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, “Belief,” Oprah Winfrey, Sheri Salata, David Shadrack Smith, and Jonathan Sinclair, executive producers

Video from awards ceremony

Television & Cable: Made-for-TV Movie

Saints and Strangers, Part 1, from National Geographic Channel; Gina Matthews, Grant Scharbo, Teri Weinberg, Eric Overmyer, and Seth Fisher, executive producers; Peter McAleese, producer; Paul A. Edwards, director; Chip Johannessen, Walon Green, Eric Overmyer, Seth Fisher, writers

Video from awards ceremony

Television & Cable: Interview

“SuperSoul Sunday: Jimmy Carter interviewed by Oprah Winfrey,” Tara Montgomery, executive producer; Jenna Kostelnik, Amy Ward, and Eric Peltier, co-executive producer; OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

Video from awards ceremony

Radio or Podcasts: Single Program

 “Israel’s Newest TV Stars: Nice Jewish Boys From a Synagogue Near You,” Laura Kwerel, senior producer, Interfaith Voices.

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Maureen Fiedler, the creator and host of Interfaith Voices, who accepted the award for Senior Producer Laura Kwerel.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

Radio or Podcasts: Series of Programs (2 or more)

 “NPR: Pope Francis, Catholicism and His visit to Cuba and the US,” Andrea Bruce, editor; National Public Radio

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Hansi Lo Wang, from the New York City bureau of NPR, who accepted the Wilbur for the NPR team.

Photo by George Conklin.

Special Wilbur Award

 The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, the first woman minister to head the National Council of Churches and the first woman Director of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution.

A special Wilbur Award was presented to the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell to honor Campbell’s over 30 years of public and behind the scenes work in all forms of media.

Casey Tom, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to the Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell.

Photo by George Conklin.

Video from awards ceremony

News coverage of 2016 Wilbur Award winners

Previous award winners

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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