United Methodist Communications Staff Receive Awards for Excellence

Six staff members of United Methodist Communications were recognized for excellence in religion communications in the 2009 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards annual competition, sponsored by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC). The award ceremony was held in Boston, Mass. on March 27, 2009 in conjunction with RCC’s annual meeting and 80th anniversary celebration.

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards recognize outstanding communication campaigns, writing, publications, video or audio productions, graphics, and online communication created by RCC members during 2008. The awards honor the late Victor DeRose and Paul M. Hinkhouse, who were leading lithographers in New York City.

Faculty members from the Department of Journalism at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., judged entries in more than 50 categories. United Methodist Communication employees were honored for work in the following categories:

The RCC is an interfaith association of religion communicators at work in print and electronic communication, marketing, and public relations. Established in 1929, it is the oldest association of religion communicators in America. There are twelve local chapters around the country as well as members-at-large in cities where a chapter does not exist. The chapters meet monthly, providing an outlet for education and networking for the members. The chapters also serve to promote excellence in the communication of religious faith and values as well as understanding among diverse faith groups.

A complete list of the 2009 DeRose-Hinkhouse award winners can be found at www.religioncommunicators.org.

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