Kan., Nebraska staffers win top UMAC honors

Staff Reports…

Lisa Diehl and Kathryn Witte together won “communicator of the year” honors at the recent United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) annual meeting.

Ms. Diehl handles communications for the Kansas Area and Ms. Witte does the same for the Nebraska Conference. They shared in the task of explaining the planned merger of the Kansas East, Kansas West and Nebraska Conferences into the Great Plains Conference.

The conferences approved the merger in separate votes. It takes effect in 2014.

The Rev. Al Horton, former longtime director of communications for the Virginia Conference, was chosen for the UMAC Hall of Fame.

The United Methodist Reporter won awards of excellence for print publications, website design and special publications (higher education section). Mary Jacobs of the Reporter won an award of excellence for writing for her story “Wesley Misquoted.”

The newspaper also won several certificates of merit, including one in publicity and advertising for a campaign devised by Cherrie Graham and Abby Clark.

Best of class in print publications went to the annual report of the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Mary Catherine Phillips of the Alabama-West Florida Conference won best of class for digital publications, and United Methodist Communications won the same honor for Internet communications.

Paul Jeffrey, of the General Board of Global Ministries and United Methodist Women, won best of class in both writing and photography. Steve Horswill-Johnston of the General Board of Discipleship captured that honor for video production.

Matt Brodie and Jessica Connor of the South Carolina Conference were multiple award of excellence winners.

Bill Fentum, Former UMR Associate Editor

Bill Fentum

Bill Fentum was a dedicated employee of The United Methodist Reporter from 1985 to 2013, serving as the associate editor. Bill continues his work in journalism in a variety of positions as an independent journalist.

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