DeRose-Hinkhouse - Enter your best work!

Religion Communicators Council


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DeRose-Hinkhouse – Enter your best work!

DeRose-Hinkhouse trophy2015 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards – An RCC member’s perspective

As a young editor new to Presbyterians Today as well as the Religion Communicators Council, I never expected to take home one, let alone two, best in class awards last year.

In this work, especially for those of us trying to innovate, we often hear only from the critics, or are so absorbed in our daily labor and its combination of declining resources and growing expectations that we rarely have an opportunity to look back on our work and declare it good and meaningful.

Patrick Heery receives award from Jay RollinsThe DeRose-Hinkhouse awards gave me that opportunity. It was the boon I needed to continue in my work, to have confidence in the new directions we’re taking, to know that someone was paying attention – and not just someone, but colleagues who draw on a great deal of expertise and experience. Those awards really lit a fire under me. They also communicated the value of our print publication to our denominational office in a time when publications are constantly under threat of elimination.

But honestly, the most meaningful experience from the conference was not winning the awards; it was meeting colleagues who are experiencing the same challenges I am and whose ideas and experiences equipped me to be a better editor – and whose friendship reminded me that I am not alone in this endeavor.

~ Patrick Heery, Editor, Presbyterians Today

  • ENTER the 2015 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards today!

  • All entries must arrive by 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015. Award winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on, April 10, 2015.

  • Questions? Contact Royya L. James at [email protected] or call 615-742-5461.

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