Larry Hollon named United Methodist Communicator of the Year

Larry Hollon

The Rev. Larry Hollon accepts the 2011 Communicator of the Year Award from the United Methodist Association of Communicators, meeting in Albuquerque. Hollon is top staff executive of United Methodist Communications in Nashville, Tenn.

A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

By the Rev. Kathy Noble*

5:00 P.M. ET Oct. 21, 2011 | ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UMNS)

Described as "a passionate voice for helping The United Methodist Church understand communications as a ministry," the Rev. Larry Hollon was honored Oct. 20 by communications colleagues from across the denomination.

Presenting Hollon as the 2011 Communicator of the Year for the United Methodist Association of Communicators, Greg Nelson said Hollon "has spoken about the theological foundation for the ministry and the strategic value that all of us, as communicators, bring to the church."


Stories of strong Liberian women

Linda Bloom, RCC member in the New York Chapter, writes about two Wilbur Award winners in her recent blog post, "Stories of strong Liberian women."

Featured women include Lauren Selman Roberts, director of the 2011 Wilbur Award winning documentary, "Rainbow Town," about Ma Feeta who assisted children during Liberia's civil war and now oversees a large orphanage; and Leymah Gbowee, a central figure in "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," a 2009 Wilbur Award winning documentary about the women who fought to end Liberia's civil war.


Waldman challenges technology’s reach at Parker Lecture

FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps (left) and Everett C. Parker (right) at the Parker Lectures.

Photo by George Conklin.

The 29th annual Everett C. Parker Ethics in Telecommunication Lecture and awards was held Sept. 28 at the Washington Post Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Three communication professionals received awards for their contributions to improving access and inclusion in media technologies.

The event honors the communications legacy of the Rev. Everett C. Parker, founder of the faith-based media reform organization, the Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ, Inc., and RCC Life Member.


Central Indiana RCC learns about social media marketing

By Dan Gangler

INDIANAPOLIS – Mark Kaltenmark, director of social media marketing at Butler University, spoke with the Central Indiana Chapter of RCC Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011 at Christian Theological Seminary.

Kaltenmark is both the voice of the Butler Bulldogs' Blue II mascot – a real-life dog – and the dog's owner. Butler Blue II is on Facebook and Twitter. Since introducing him to social media, Butler is now writing marketing strategies around Blue.


Tips to Build an Intern Program

"Who wants to hire interns?" was the topic Alice Dykeman, principal for Dykeman Associates, a full service public relations, advertising and marketing firm, presented to the Dallas / Fort Worth Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council at the September 22, 2011 meeting.

Ms. Dykeman, who has both APR and Fellow-PRSA accreditations, uses her business to mentor and teach students to become contributing professionals. Working with at least six interns per year for more than two decades, more than 120 young people from the US, Europe and the Far East have learned the strategic value of public relations from her.

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