Religion Communicators Convention: April 5-7, 2018, Atlanta, Georgia

Update January 2018

Latest & greatest Atlanta convention news

Three staff members from the well-known Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) will lead a workshop at the upcoming April 5-7 RCC national convention in Atlanta. Kristen Bokenkamp, Communications Director; Seth Levi, Marketing Director; and Erin Fitzgerald, Digital Director, will conduct a session titled Integrated Communication for Advocacy. Part of the Interfaith Issues track, attendees will learn about the SPLC’s efforts to fight hate and seek justice and the communication practices used to do this. These practices include web and social media content, emails to specific lists, press outreach and more. The workshop will also include an interactive discussion about challenges and opportunities found when engaging target audiences.

Convention theme is Realizing the Dream: Peace and Justice Through Communication. Registration is $395 (thru March 13). Hotel and meeting venue is the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel – special group rate for RCC is available until March 13. Plenary sessions, keynote addresses, workshops for professional development, awards programs and special Atlanta-location features are all part of the event. You can get more details on the Convention Schedule and Speakers page and register on the RCC Convention Registration page.

CALENDAR these dates:

  • Jan. 19 – Deadline for DeRose-Hinkhouse Award entries EXTENDED to Wed Jan 24th 3PM in the office

  • Feb. 5 – Entry deadline for Wilbur Awards honoring work done in 2017

  • End of Feb. – DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur judging completed

  • March 1 – Award notifications go out

  • March 13 – Early Bird Rate Convention registration due

  • March 13 – Group rate hotel registration due

  • April 5-7Convention in Atlanta

Encourage Wilbur Award entries

When you see, hear, read, learn of secular media coverage that shows excellence in communicating the values of faith and religion, encourage and exhort them to enter our Wilbur Awards for 2018. Following is some suggested wording to send to the author, producer, director, media contact person for the program, movie, broadcast, book, photo, etc.

“Good afternoon, (name). I was (reading/listening/saw) the (program/broadcast/photo) with you in (or on) (network/program/publication) on (topic related to excellence in showing values of faith, etc.).

The Religion Communicators Council every year awards the Wilburs, which recognize excellence in coverage of religion, faith, and spirituality in the secular media. Recognizing and encouraging accurate and thoughtful coverage of faith is important to our democracy. I would like to suggest you consider submitting your work for a Wilbur. (Add comment about program/story/book.) Here is information about the awards:

Thank you for your coverage. We need more like you!

(signed by you)

Member news

RCC Life Member Lois J. Anderson died in September During her active years in religion communication, Lois was a writer, editor, producer, trainer and administrator devoted to non-profit public service communication from 1953 to 2000 in New York City.

RCC member (Washington, DC Chapter) Steve Martin from the National Council of Churches appears in a recent new CBS Religion Special called Faith on the Frontlines. Produced by the Wilbur Award winning team at CBS Religion and Culture, the 30-minute special focuses on clergy taking on white supremacy. It aired in December 2017 and is available to watch online on the CBS News Religion and Culture website.


Bob Chase's webinar, Punctuated: Re-Thinking Communications in our Interrelated World, is now on the RCC YouTube channel and on the RCC website. (BTW – so is lots of other good stuff!)

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Many thanks to those who gave to support RCC in 2017 and gave toward student schlolarships. Onward to 2018! Donate online.

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