Wilbur Awards

2020 Wilbur Awards

Deadline: January 24, 2020 (for work completed in 2019)

Entry application and forms will be available by September 5, 2019. The 2020 categories and application form will be similar to the 2019 Wilbur Awards entry form and categories with only minor changes.

Awards banquet: Friday, March 20, 2020 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in DC area

2019 Wilbur Awards

2019 Wilbur Awards program and winners list PDF file

Photos: 2019 Wilbur Awards photos – RCC gives you permission to use these photos.

Videos: Awards presentations and acceptances

Wilbur Awards in the news

Religion Communicators Council honors 22 for work during 2018

Wilbur Awards to celebrate 70 years in Chicago, winners announced for 2019 (RCC)

Moni Basu Receives 2019 Wilbur Award for CNN Online News Story (College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida)

2020 Wilbur Awards

Banquet: Friday evening, March 20, 2020 as part of the Religion Communication Congress 2020. RCC is one of the Congress 2020 cooperating organizations.

2019 Wilbur Award winners (for work produced during 2018)

2019 Wilbur Award winners

Photo by Cherilyn Crowe

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES print and online

MAGAZINE ARTICLES print and online

BOOKS

FILMS AND VIDEO

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

TELEVISION & CABLE

  • Drama

    •  Faith Under Fire: The Antoinette Tuff Story,” T.D. Jakes, Derrick Williams, Craig Baumgarten, Toni Braxton, and Judith Verno, executive producers; Larry Rapaport, producer; Vondie Curtis Hall, director; Laura Harrington and Stephen Kay, teleplay; Based on the Book “Prepared For a Purpose” by Antoinette Tuff; A&E Lifetime, Manhattan Beach, California

      Jacqueline Fuller, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Vondie Curtis Hall.

      Photo by Julie Brinker.

      Video of award presentation and acceptance

  • News Segment

  • News – network or national syndication (4-8 min.)

    •  A Gift of Dance” Lesley Stahl, correspondent; Mary Lou Teel, producer; April Wilson, editor; Rand Morrison, executive producer; CBS Sunday Morning, New York, New York

      Jacqueline Fuller, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Mary Lou Teel.

      Photo by Julie Brinker.

      Video of award presentation and acceptance

  • News – network or national syndication (8 min.+)

    •  60 Minutes: Inside the Secret Archive,” Bill Whitaker, correspondent; Guy Campanile producer; Lucy Hatcher, associate producer; Craig Crawford, editor; Bill Owens, executive producer; “60 Minutes,” CBS News, New York, New York

      Jacqueline Fuller, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Guy Campanile.

      Photo by Julie Brinker.

      Video of award presentation and acceptance

  • News Story – local or regional

    •  Making His Mark,” Sierra Hignite, reporter; Josh Lum, photographer; WTWO TV, Terre Haute, Indiana

      Jacqueline Fuller, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Tim Sturgess.

      Photo by Julie Brinker.

      Video of award presentation and acceptance

  • Documentary (up to 30 min.)

    •  Deconstructing My Religion,” Elizabeth Kineke, writer/producer; Elyse Kaftan, editor; Yuti Joshi, associate producer; CBS Television: Religion and Culture, CBS News, New York, New York

      Jacqueline Fuller, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Elizabeth Kineke.

      Photo by Julie Brinker.

      Video of award presentation and acceptance

  • Documentary (30 min.+)

    •  Jesus: Countdown to Calvary,” Hugh Bonneville, presenter; Gerry Hoban, director; Eric Luskin & Cynthia Fenneman, commissioning executives (American Public Television); Béatrice Aullen, commissioning executive (ARTE); Roger Childs & Ray Bruce, executive producers (RTÉ, Dublin, Ireland)

      Hugh Bonneville accepted the award via video.

      Video of award presentation and acceptance

  • Interview

    •  Religion in Life,” Conrad (Ozzie) Ostwalt, host; Jesse Jackson, guest; Kelly Hunter, producer: “Religion in Life;” Rob Gelber, general manager, AppTV; Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

      Jacqueline Fuller, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Ozzie Ostwalt.

      Photo by Julie Brinker.

      Video of award presentation and acceptance

RADIO OR PODCASTS

2019 Wilbur Awards Sponsor

Phillips SeminaryPhillips Theological Seminary is pleased to sponsor the 70th anniversary of the Religious Communications Council’s Wilbur Awards to celebrate those in secular media who help create conversations about faith that expose people to new ideas, deepens their commitment, and provides inspiration for those seeking to serve in a changing world.

The seminary, at its core, is a community of teachers and learners seeking to be faithful to God through disciplined, reasoned and reflective study of scripture, religious tradition and human experience. We offer courses online and on-campus with students across the U.S. and abroad.

70 plus years celebration of the Wilbur Awards

Wilbur Award stained glass trophySince 1949, the Wilbur Awards, have been presented annually to recognize excellence in the communication of religious issues, values and themes in secular media.

The entries are judged by media professionals in a jury process, under the supervision of RCC members across the country. Basic criteria include content, creativity, execution and results, but the ultimate criteria is excellence in the communication of religious values.

The Wilbur Award, first given in 1949, honors Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in the field of religious public relations. Each Wilbur stained glass trophy is individually hand-crafted. An eloquent thank you for excellent work!

The entry deadline for the 2020 Wilbur Awards is Friday, January 24, 2020.

The banquet honoring the Wilbur winners for 2020 is Friday, March 20 in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, 2799 Richmond Highway, Arlington, VA 22202 as part of the once-a-deacde Religion Communication Congress 2020.

Shirley Struchen and Andy Rawls provide leadership for the Wilbur Awards program

Shirley Struchen and Andy RawlsShirley Struchen, RCC Executive Director since 2001, is coordinator of the 2019 Wilbur Awards.

Dr. Andrew “Andy” B. Rawls, former director of media services at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is producer of the 2019 Wilbur Awards event for the 29th year. He received a “Special Wilbur” in 2012 as Producer Extraordinaire for his many years of creatively producing the RCC Wilbur Program.

Want to check out some of the 2018 Wilbur Awards presentations again? Go to the RCC YouTube Channel to see the award presentations.

Many thanks to Andy Rawls, Wilbur Awards producer, for preparing all 22 video clips highlighting the introduction to each award and excerpts from the acceptance remarks!

Current award winners

2019 (for work completed in 2018)

Previous award winners

2018 (for work completed in 2017)

2017 (for work completed in 2016)

2016 (for work completed in 2015)

2015 (for work completed in 2014)

2014 (for work completed in 2013)

2013 (for work completed in 2012)

2012 (for work completed in 2011)

2011 (for work completed in 2010)

2010 (for work completed in 2009)

2009 (for work completed in 2008)

2008 (for work completed in 2007)

2007 (for work completed in 2006)

2006 (for work completed in 2005)

2005 (for work completed in 2004)

2004 (for work completed in 2003)

2003 (for work completed in 2002)

2002 (for work completed in 2001)

2001 (for work completed in 2000)

2000 (for work completed in 1999)

1998 (for work completed in 1997)

1996 (for work completed in 1995)

1992 (for work completed in 1991)

For more information about the Religion Communicators Council or to become a member, please contact:

Shirley Struchen
Phone: 212-870-2402
E-mail: [email protected]

 
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