DeRose-Hinkhouse Award deadline: Jan. 17, 2020

2020 DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards – Open for Entries

October 2, 2019

Dear RCC members,

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards entries are open! We are excited to celebrate your accomplishments and hard work!

As Ryan Koch, DeRose-Hinkhouse chair shared,

“Last year, the 2019 awards surpassed my expectations. Although we had a multitude of entries from a multitude of religions and faith backgrounds, the caliber across the board continued to exceed expectations. I am consistently awed by the quality and personal dedication of the RCC members. You strive for perfection, and often attain it. I encourage all members to submit their work for the 2020 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, not only so that you can receive recognition for your hard work, but so that I, and the rest of the RCC board, membership, and all Congress participants, can be inspired and improve our own communications efforts!”

As you look back over the past year, think about the great work you have done this past year and enter it for an award:

  • What projects are you most proud of?

  • What resources did you design that were really helpful?

  • What was your most creative, innovative communications tool of 2019?

The 2020 awards are bringing two major changes:

Last year we began accepting electronic submissions! This was beneficial in a number of ways. Not only did it save on paper and shipping costs, but we were able to literally gather judges from around the world. It made the judging process smoother, and there was far less room for error!

This year, therefore, we are requiring that applicants submit their entries electronically (with the exception of books in Category D!).

The second major change concerns eligibility. Because of Congress 2020, we are opening the awards to non-RCC members. We’re hoping that this will increase the sharing of best practices with other organizations, showcase the work of our great members, and eventually lead to a larger membership. The pricing for entries will be as follows:

  • Membership: $110
  • Member Submission: $50
  • Non-member Submission: $120

We would still encourage you to continue your membership, however, especially if you are submitting two or more entries!

For award categories and to enter online, visit the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards page.

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards ceremony will be on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in connection with the RCC business meeting.

Enter now to avoid the January rush. The deadline is January 17.

We look forward to seeing your entries soon!


Entry period opens for 2020 Wilbur Awards

Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until Jan. 24.

Wilbur Award trophyNEW YORK — The Religion Communicators Council is accepting entries for the 2020 Wilbur Awards. Secular communicators have until Jan. 24, 2020, to submit work produced during 2019 for consideration in one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communication.

The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, blogs, radio, podcasts, television, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, positive values, and themes.

Winners in 2019 represented CBS News, The Associated Press, Vanity Fair, CNN, American Public Television, and several creative independent contributors, motion picture producers, bloggers, and journalists. For a complete list of 2019 winners and to access information for the 2020 awards, visit the Wilbur Awards page.


Multi-faith religion communicators to meet in D.C. area for once-a-decade event

On March 17-21, 2020, members from more than 100 Cooperating Organizations will join together at Religion Communication Congress 2020: Communicating Faith in the Public Square (RCCongress 2020) to access tools and information that reflects current atmospheres in the media and among various civic climates around the world.

“RCCongress 2020 is a great opportunity to connect with old friends and make new friends. It’s also a place to get new ideas and network professionally with other communicators and find out what is working, and not working, in their shops,” says Cindy Martens, Senior Director of Circulation for Sojourners – one of the many RCCongress 2020 cooperating organizations – and co-chair of the sponsorship committee.

In addition to networking opportunities and engaging discussion topics, RCCongress 2020 will be host to a number of practical and informative workshops that cover a range of topics – from tactical strategy to thought-provoking advocacy. Below are a few highlights of scheduled workshops:


What we know, how do we know it, what does it mean

By Paul Chaffee

Best survey practice tips from Taylor Morrison

Socrates’ judgment that “the unexamined life is not worth living” resonates 2500 years later, applying not only to our lives but to the work we do, including magazines, books, videos, podcasts, campaigns, and everything else religious communicators pursue. Taylor Morrison’s expertise is in survey diagnostics and branding. She brings solid business credentials ranging from successful Kickstarter projects to participating in a leadership development program at a Fortune 100 company. Now she has her own consultancy.

She presented “So, how did we do?”: The Oft-Forgotten Question as a workshop during the recent joint convention of the RCC and ACP in Chicago in early April.


Photo artist leads editors through paces in photography, design

By Jeff Huett

Ted Glasoe leads workshop at 2019 convention

Photo by Jacqueline Fuller.

CHICAGO — Illustrating his points on photography and graphic design with beautiful images he took himself, Ted Glasoe, an artist and designer specializing in images of Lake Michigan, led a session of publication editors as part of the joint convention of the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) and Associated Church Press (ACP) on April 13.

Glasoe has been a professional graphic designer for more than 20 years and a professional photographer for more than 10 years. His presentation was designed to give editors a fundamental understanding of photography and graphic design as they relate to print and web use.

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