CBS wins 3 Wilbur Awards

Religion Communicators Council honors 17 for work during 2012

NEW YORK—CBS-TV has won three Wilbur Awards for 2012.

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) announced 17 Wilbur Awards on March 1. The awards honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, values and themes during 2012.

Two organizations, CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Network, have earned two stained-glass Wilbur Awards. Other winners include the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post and Simon & Schuster Inc.

John P. "Jack" Blessington, executive producer of the CBS Religion and Culture series, is receiving a special Wilbur honor. It recognizes his contributions to public discussions on faith through the interfaith documentaries he has produced for more than 30 years.

The 2013 awards are to be presented April 6 in Indianapolis during the 84th annual RCC national convention.

CBS earned awards for a March 4, 2012, "60 Minutes" report on "The Archbishop of Dublin"; an April 15, 2012, broadcast titled "What They Believe: Hindus, Zoroastrians, Baha'is"; and a December 21, 2012, report on "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."

The Religion Communicators Council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. Secular communicators enter work in eight categories. Juries of media professionals, coordinated by council members across the country, evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.

The award is named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations, longtime RCC executive director and former Presbyterian Church executive.

2013 Wilbur Award winners (for work produced during 2012)

Newspapers, national market

Newspapers, other markets

Magazines, online content

Books, fiction

Books, non-fiction

Books, youth

  • Morgan Reynolds Publishing, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Michael J. Martin.

Television and cable news (9 minutes or more)

Television and cable news (two to eight minutes)

  • The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley segment, "Paying It Forward," Steve Hartman, correspondent, Miles Doran, Producer, Heather Spinelli, Editor.

Television and cable local news

Television and cable documentary

Television and cable interview

Radio, single program

Radio, series

Feature films

  • "Blue Like Jazz," Ruckus Films, Steve Taylor, director; Donald Miller, Ben Pearson and Steve Taylor, writers; Marshall Allman, executive producer.

Web-based communications, blogs

  • CNN, Belief Blog, December 31, 2012, Dan Gilgoff and Eric Marrapodi, co-editors.

Online news stories

Special Wilbur Award

About the Religion Communicators Council

Founded in 1929, the Religion Communicators Council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States. The council has more than 450 members and seven regional chapters. Members represent Baha'i, Christian, Hindu, Islamic and Jewish organizations and work in advertising, print and electronic communication, and public relations.

Contact: Shirley Struchen, [email protected] or (212) 870-2402.


SOURCE: Religion Communicators Council

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