Reporter among award winners at RCC

From Staff Reports…

The United Methodist Reporter has again been recognized in the DeRose-Hinkouse Memorial Awards competition, which honor outstanding work in religious communication and public relations.

The 2013 awards were announced April 4, at the Religion Communicators Council annual meeting, held this year in Indianapolis.

The Reporter won an award of excellence in the periodicals, single issue category, for its issue of May 4, 2012. Managing editor Sam Hodges, associate editor Bill Fentum and staff writer Mary Jacobs shared in the honor.

Ms. Jacobs won a certificate of merit in the newspaper feature category for an article titled “Rethink church food, and hold the fried chicken.”

Mr. Hodges won an award of excellence for a feature titled “Don’t look now, but Methodists are getting dunked,” about immersion baptism in United Methodist churches. He also won a certificate of merit for a news story titled, “UM Publishing House to close all Cokesbury stores.”

Cherrie Graham, advertising manager of the Reporter, won a certificate of merit in the public relations/advertising category for roll-out ads for the newspaper’s digital edition.

A number of United Methodist agencies also won awards.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) earned a “best of class” award in public relations materials. James Rollins and Judith Santiago of UMCOR were specifically recognized for their work on that entry.

Interpreter, an online magazine edited by the Rev. Kathy Noble of United Methodist Communications (UMCOM), won best of class in digital communications.

UMCOM’s Kathleen Barry won an award of excellence in the illustration category, and UMCOM’s Fran Coode Walsh won an award of excellence for video, entertainment/inspirational.

Christie House of the General Board of Global Ministries won an award of excellence for “Walking with the poor in Kaminga,” an article in New World Outlook magazine.

Stephen J. Hustedt and Christina Dillabough of the Desert Southwest Conference won an award of excellence for website design.

UMCOR won an award of excellence for its 2011 annual report, and United Methodist News Service’s Heather Hahn won a certificate of merit in specialized writing for her article “Church reaches out after Sikh temple attack.”

This year, some 277 entries were received, and judging was overseen by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga journalism department faculty.


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