CBS wins 4 Wilbur Awards

Religion Communicators Council honors 25 for work during 2013

NEW YORK — CBS-TV has won four Wilbur Awards for 2013.

The Religion Communicators Council announced 25 Wilbur Awards March 5. The awards honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, positive values and themes during 2013.

The Religion News Service earned three stained-glass Wilbur Awards. Other winners include the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., The History Channel, The Christian Science Monitor Weekly and The Huffington Post.

The 2013 awards are to be presented April 5 in Nashville, Tenn., during the council's 85th annual national convention.

CBS earned awards for a March 17, 2013, report titled "The American Nuns" on "60 Minutes"; a March 31, 2013, report titled "Keeping the Faith" on "CBS Sunday Morning"; a June 30, 2013, program titled "What's So Funny About Religion?" by the CBS Religion & Culture unit; and a Nov. 13, 2013, report titled "The Francis Effect" on "CBS This Morning."

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 council leader and former Presbyterian Church executive.

2014 Wilbur Award winners (for work produced during 2013):

Audiobooks, fiction

Books, fiction

Books, nonfiction

Books, youth nonfiction

Digital communications, faith-based blogs

  • "Jonathan Merritt on Faith & Culture" by Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service, "The Church in the Land of Climate Change," May 29, 2013; "What Southern Baptists Must Do to Slow Their Decline," June 11, 2013; "Transgender Issues Are More Complicated than Some Christians Portray," Aug. 19, 2013.

Digital communications, online news stories

Digital communications, multimedia

  • "The March" by Adelle M. Banks and team, Religion News Service.

Feature films, drama

Magazines, national or top-15 markets

Magazines, other markets

Magazine articles, online

Newspapers, national markets

  • The Christian Science Monitor Weekly, "Healing Newtown," by G. Jeffrey MacDonald, March 11, 2013.

Newspapers, other markets (columns, commentary)

Newspapers, other markets (articles)

  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, "Coptic Christians Under Attack" by Betsy Hiel, Aug. 15-Dec. 25, 2013.

Newspapers, online content

Radio, single program

  • Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, "Tapestry," The Irascible Pastor, Mary Hynes, host; Elizabeth Bowie, Diane Eros, Steve McNally, producers, Nov. 22, 2013.

Radio, series

  • Interfaith Voices. God and Government: Egypt in Crisis, Maureen Fiedler, host; Laura Kwerel, senior producer; Kimberly Adams, reporter.

Television and cable, drama

  • "The Bible," Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, executive producers, The History Channel and LightWorkers Media.

Television and cable, TV news

  • "CBS Sunday Morning," "Keeping The Faith," Michelle Miller, correspondent, Sari Aviv and Lauren Barnello, producers, March 31, 2013.

Television and cable, TV news, network

  • CBS News, "60 Minutes," "The American Nuns," Bob Simon, correspondent, Andrew Metz, Tanya Simon, producers, March 17, 2013.

Television and cable, news, national syndication

  • "Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly," "The Life of Dorothy Day," Deborah Potter, correspondent, Phil O'Connor, producer, Feb. 8, 2013.

Television and cable, news, local

  • KSPR-TV, Springfield, Mo., "KSPR's Journey To Jerusalem," Jonah Kaplan, reporter/photographer, Bridget Lovelle, producer, Feb. 24-28, 2013.

Television and cable, documentary

Television and cable, made-for-TV movie

  • "Twist of Faith," Daniel H. Blatt, Craig Baumgarten and Andrew Howard, executive producers, Lifetime Television.

Television and cable, news, network or national syndication

  • "CBS This Morning," "The Francis Effect," Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell, hosts, Barbara Simon and Katy Conrad, producers, Nov. 13, 2013.

RCC logoAbout 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 400 members and five regional chapters. Members represent Bahá’í, Buddhist, 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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