Entries for the 2012 Wilbur Awards are arriving at the Religion Communicators Council office in New York City as the February 6 deadline approaches. Secular communicators are encouraged to submit their best work produced in 2011 for consideration in one of the oldest award programs in religion communication.
Work may be entered in MANY categories including: Web-based communication, books, feature films, photography, newspapers, magazines, radio and television. 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. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media – print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – in communicating religious issues, values and themes. Winners in 2010 represented The Christian Science Monitor, St. Petersburg Times; Courier-Journal; Vanity Fair, CBS News, Simon and Schuster Publishing House, motion picture producers; local radio and television stations; bloggers and other electronic media authors; and book authors.
The 2012 awards are to be presented April 14 in Philadelphia, PA, during the council’s national convention. The host for the Wilbur Awards banquet will be David W. Brown, Chairman of the Board of Advisors of WURD Radio, LLC, the only African American-owned independent radio station in the state of Pennsylvania. Winners receive a handcrafted stained-glass trophy.
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.