Presbyterians among those receiving Religion Communicators Council awards

Presbyterians Today, other denominational publications are presented plenty of plaques

by Mike Ferguson | Presbyterian News Service

LOUISVILLE — Presbyterians Today and a number of other publications of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) were among the winners of the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, announced recently by the Religion Communication Congress 2020.

The awards were to have been given out last week during a joint conference of the Religion Communicators Council and the Associated Church Press. However, the coronavirus pandemic cancelled the conference, which had been set for Alexandria, Va. Associated Church Press winners were announced last week.

Following are the award-winners who are part of the PC(USA). The first group is those garnering the Award of Excellence, the RCC’s highest honor:

Magazine, national: Presbyterians Today, Donna Frischknecht Jackson, Jeffrey Lawrence, Mark Thomson, Jennifer Cash and Karen Bosc

Magazine article, single article: Rick Jones, “An out-of-this-world legacy”; Donna Frischknecht Jackson, “Rural Realities: Opioids on Main Street”; Donna Frischknecht Jackson, “Protecting the flock: How safe is your church?”

Editorial: Donna Frischknecht Jackson, “The holiness of mud season: Lenten lessons are revealed in the muck”

Non-broadcast script written for audio or video: Lauren Rogers, “Minute for mission: Messages of faith, written on the heart”

Poster: Teresa Mader, Bryce Wiebe, 2019-2020 Presbyterian Giving Catalog

Advertisement, series: Teresa Mader, Bryce Wiebe, 2019-2020 Presbyterian Giving Catalog print advertisement

Advertising campaign: Teresa Mader, Bryce Wiebe, 2019-2020 Presbyterian Giving Catalog print advertising campaign

Disaster response support materials: Teresa Mader, Bryce Wiebe, 2019 Famine direct mail appeal and supporting materials

Website: Teresa Mader, Bryce Wiebe, 2019-2020 Presbyterian Giving Catalog website

Blog: Lauren Rogers, Weekly Offerings blog

Individual blog entry: Lauren Rogers, “We Bee-Long to Jesus,” Weekly Offerings blog

Best in Class C, Writing for publication: Donna Frischknecht Jackson, “Rural Realities: Opioids on Main Street U.S.A.”

Those receiving an Award of Merit:

Editorial: Donna Frischknecht Jackson, “The theology of barn-raising: Together we can build something beautiful”

Web written for online publication: “South Sudan meets the bluegrass in Peacemaker’s journey,” Rich Copley

Video, documentary or educational: Rick Jones, “Church of the Astronauts: Lunar communion”

Video, promotional or informational: Paul Seebeck, Michael Fitzer, “Matthew 25: Eradicating systemic poverty”

Public relations campaign: Kathy Francis, Melody Smith, Mari Evans, End cash bail march.

Founded in 1929, the Religion Communicators Council is a professional association whose mission is to provide opportunities for networking and professional development for people working in communications for a wide variety of faith-based organizations. Members include editors, writers and designers, photographers, videographers, broadcasters, social media journalists, web developers, marketers, fundraisers, project managers and students.

The awards are named in honor of the late Victor DeRose and the late Paul M. Hinkhouse, leading lithographers in New York City. This year, RCC received more than 250 entries.  

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