The United Methodist Reporter has been honored by the Religion Communicators Council, which held its annual gathering April 12-14 in Philadelphia.
RCC, founded in 1929, is an international, interfaith group of religion communicators, working in print and electronic communications, and including those in media, marketing and public relations.
For its DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, RCC this year received 232 entries.
The Reporter (including staff members Bill Fentum, Mary Jacobs and Sam Hodges) won an award of excellence in the national newspaper category. The Reporter also won awards of excellence for a single issue and for a feature story: Mr. Hodges’ “Standing for Tradition: Some Congregations Resist a Mix of Worship Services.”
Another award went to UMR Communications, parent company of the Reporter, for special print material prepared for the UMR Communicators Conference 2011. Erika Dorsey, Cherrie Graham, Debbie Christian and Ms. Jacobs were recognized on that citation.
The Reporter is independent of the United Methodist Church. Communicators for the denomination were recognized by RCC as well.
Christie House of the General Board of Global Ministries won best of class in periodicals as editor of the mission agency’s New World Outlook magazine, and Jan Snider and Kay Panovec of United Methodist Communications won best of class for A Killer in the Dark, a documentary on the UMC and its anti-malaria effort.
Linda Bloom of United Methodist Communications and Linda Unger of the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) won awards of excellence for writing for the Web.
Also in the digital communications category, Kathy Noble of United Methodist Communications won an award of excellence for Interpreter magazine.
Beth Richardson of The Upper Room magazine Alive Now won a single color photo award of excellence. She also won an award of excellence for best podcast series.
The award of excellence for best single podcast went to Mary Beth Coudal, of Global Ministries. Judith Santiago and Hal Sadler of UMCOR won an award of excellence in the miscellaneous category, for Not Without Hope, an anti-human trafficking project focused on Armenia.
Several UM communicators were recognized with certificates of merit, including Dan Roark of Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch, Texas, for the website ChasingAfterWind.net, and Kathy Gilbert and Kathleen Barry of United Methodist Communications, for specialized writing.
Other best of class winners include Gregg Brekke, of the United Church of Christ’s StillSpeaking magazine, for best single issue of a periodical; Hilary Doran, of Bread for the World, for graphic design, art and photography, for Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies; and Chris Herlinger, of Church World Service, in the writing for publication category, for “Haiti: A Year Later.”
The DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards are named for the late Victor DeRose and the late Paul Hinkhouse, lithographers in New York City who were friends of RCC. This year’s entries were judged by media studies professors at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn.