Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until Feb. 4.

Excellence in the communication of religious issues, values, and themes in secular media will be honored by the Wilbur Awards presented annually by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC). Communicators are encouraged to submit their best work produced in 2012 for consideration in one of the oldest award programs in religion communication. Entry Deadline is February 4. Entry forms are available on the Wilbur Awards web page.

Award categories include Newspapers, Magazines, Books, Photography, Television and Cable, Radio, Feature Films, and Web-based Communications. Juries of media professionals coordinated by RCC members across the country evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.

The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. Winners in 2012 represented The Oregonian, Entertainment Weekly, CBS News 60 Minutes, Simon and Schuster Publishing House, motion picture producers; local radio and television stations; bloggers and other electronic media authors; and book authors.

The 2013 awards are to be presented April 6 in Indianapolis, IN during the council’s national convention. Winners receive a handcrafted stained-glass trophy.

This year’s award festivities will feature a special Wilbur Award to John P. “Jack” Blessington, executive producer of the CBS News Religion and Culture series, to recognize contributions he has made to public discussions of faith topics.

The award is named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations and longtime council leader.

About the Religion Communicators Council:

The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 500 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Members represent Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faith communities. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States.


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