WACC programme manager leads opening plenary at Religion Communicators Council Convention

Dr. Sarah Macharia at RCC 2011 Opening Plenary

by Philip Lee, WACC Deputy-Director of Programmes

"Communicating Outside the Box" was the theme of the 2011 convention of the Religion Communicators Council held in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA, 31 March to 2 April.

Speaking on the topic of "Gender and the News Media: A New Approach to Building Lasting Peace?", the World Association for Christian Communication's Programme manager, Dr. Sarah Macharia, explored how societies have become increasingly polarised along competing political or ideological positions. This has often led news journalism to take one-sided positions over more balanced positions. This results in certain interests and voices being accorded grossly disproportional print coverage or broadcast time.


RCC's 2011 Wilbur Awards Recognize Media Excellence

The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, values and themes. Winners receive a stained-glass trophy. The award is named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations and longtime council leader.

For the 62nd year, the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) honored excellence in religion news coverage at the 2011 Wilbur Awards presentations April 2 in Little Rock AR. The awards ceremony was part of RCC's annual convention. Tyson Foods, Inc were underwriters for the program.

Awards were presented in 16 categories in radio, television, film, newspapers, books, magazines, video and one new category – blogs. Recipients received a specially-designed stained glass trophy.

The 2011 winners, representing 13 different media organizations, included:


Christian communicators say women treated unfairly by media

Sarah Macharia, opening plenary speaker at the Religion Communicators Council National Convention

Ecumenical News International
Daily News Service
1 April 2011

by Chris Herlinger

Little Rock, Arkansas, 1 April (ENInews) — A more fair and balanced representation and portrayal of women in the media is one way journalists can help create a more equitable world, said a media observer and peace advocate.

"Fair and balanced news media representation holds the potential to enable the emergence of societies marked by non-hierarchical social relations that guard ... values of equality, justice and freedom from discrimination," Sarah Macharia, programme manager for media and gender justice of the Toronto-based World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), said 31 March at the annual convention of the Religion Communicators Council.


The future? Think mobile, mobile, mobile, says digital expert

by Chris Herlinger

Jeff Cole

Jeff Cole

Photo by George Conklin

CHICAGO (RCCongress 2010), April 10 — Trying to understand the future of global communication? A small hand-held device already takes pride of place, says a noted expert on digital communication.

Think mobile – the mobile phone with the capabilities of television, web surfing and texting.

"Mobile is at the center of everything," Jeffrey Cole, who directs the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, told participants at a Saturday, April 10, plenary session Religion Communication Congress 2010 in Chicago. "It's truly the transformational device."


Rev. Moss to faith communicators: "Remix your message"

by Deb Christian

CHICAGO (RCCongress2010) April 10, 2010 — When a pastor known for his work in developing a new generation of prophetic leaders in a faith tradition and for bridging the generation gap stands up and tells you to be ready to "remix" your message, you stop for a few minutes and listen.

Otis Moss, III

Otis Moss, III

In a Friday plenary address delivered at the April 7-10 Religion Communication Congress 2010 in Chicago, Rev. Otis Moss, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, made the point to the gathering of faith communications professionals that the older generation should be ready to "remix your message".

Rev. Moss contrasted the leadership styles of Old Testament figures Moses and Joshua, beginning his story with the statement that "Moses was dead....," and went on to highlight other differences.

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