Celebrating 90 years of RCC

2020 Convention: March 17-21, 2020 in the Washington, DC area

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is one of over 100 cooperating organizations participating in the once-a-decade Religion Communication Congress 2020 (RCCongress 2020) for our annual convention.

The theme is Communicating Faith in the Public Square.

The RCC business meeting and DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur Awards will be scheduled during the event. Registration is open.

Join now for 2020 and get the rest of 2019 free!

Donate $90 to RCC to help us celebrate our 90th anniversary

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2020 DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards – Open for Entries

DeRose-Hinkhouse Award deadline: Jan. 17, 2020

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:


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 https://www.religioncommunicators.org/wilbur-awards.


Registration opens for once-a-decade Religion Communication Congress

Religion Communication Congress 2020: Communicating Faith in the Public Square, March 17-21, 2020, Washington, D.C. area

The wait is over! Registration is now open for Religion Communication Congress 2020: Communicating Faith in the Public Square (RCCongress 2020). Join hundreds of your religion communicator peers from various faith traditions in Washington, D.C. At the heart of the nation’s capital, take advantage of the unique opportunity to participate in the phenomenal programming, expansive networking platform, and hands-on instruction that is characteristic of RCCongress events.

Program speakers, panels, workshops and preliminary schedule are on the Religion Communication Congress 2020 website.

Registration is open to all! Each participant must complete a registration form. Special rates are available for students, retirees, and groups that meet the registration requirements. Day rates are also available for those who cannot attend the full conference. Visit the Religion Communication Congress 2020 website for complete registration information.


Reserve a coveted exhibit space at global, religion communicator event

RCCongress 2020 is an opportunity to promote your organization to an estimated 500 influential communicators.

Regardless of religious background, all attendees – broadcasters, producers, writers, editors, directors, bloggers – are communicators at heart.

This event is a once-a-decade opportunity to market to a highly coveted and focused audience.


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:


Media ethics scholar to discuss fake news in our digital world at RCCongress 2020

Clifford ChristiansDr. Clifford G. Christians, professor emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is one of the world’s leading scholars on ethics in media. He has explored, over the course of his career, the nature and role of ethics and ethical decision-making in media and human dialogue, and will be a featured speaker at RCCongress 2020. His expansive knowledge and indisputable expertise will present participants with a crucial voice in the discussions taking place as we focus on “Communicating Faith in the Public Square.”


Religion Communication Congress 2020 tackles complex themes

An impressive lineup of speakers and workshops to be featured

For over half a century, Religion Communication Congresses have offered a forum where professional religion communicators from a wide range of faith traditions gather to network and learn cutting edge strategies and skills through hands-on opportunities, academic and applied research, practical workshops, and thoughtful plenaries.



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