New York Chapter learns about Newtown film

Carol Anne Dolan, executive producer of the documentary Newtown, speaks at the New York Chapter meeting

On January 17th, the New York chapter of the RCC met at the Episcopal Church Center for their first meeting of the year. The guest speaker this month was Carol Anne Dolan, executive producer of the documentary Newtown.

Newtown originated with Odyssey Networks in the weeks after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and is now a coproduction of Transform Films, Odyssey Network's independent film production company.


To RCC Members: please share this Wilbur Award information with your secular media contacts. Think of TV or radio programs, newspaper articles, books you want RCC to honor.

Deadline -- Five days for 2017 Wilbur Awards

Religion Communicators Council to accept entries through Feb. 6

Wilbur Award winners receive a handcrafted stained-glass trophy & national recognition.

Secular media producers, writers, publishers and bloggers can submit work for the 2017 Wilbur Awards.

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) will accept entries through Feb. 6 (postmark date) for one of the oldest recognition programs for religion coverage by secular communicators. Submissions must be produced during 2016. Entry forms are available online along with our brochure.

The overriding purpose of the Wilbur Awards is to encourage continued excellence in the communication of religion and values in non-religious media. Award categories include newspapers, magazines, books, television and cable, radio or podcasts, feature films, and digital communications. Juries of media professionals coordinated by council members across the country evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.

The 2017 awards will be presented April 1st in the Chicago, IL during the council's national convention. Winners receive a handcrafted stained-glass trophy and national recognition for their work.  The award is named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations and longtime council leader. For more information on the Wilbur competition or entry details, go to the Wilbur Awards web page.


Deadline nears for annual awards honoring religion coverage in secular media

Wilbur Award trophyCHICAGO — At its annual convention March 30-April 1 in Chicago, the Religion Communicators Council will honor secular media for excellence in communicating religious issues, positive values and themes by presenting its annual Wilbur Awards.

The deadline for entries is February 6.

“We are accepting entries for work produced in 2016 in media such as print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures – a total of seven categories,” said Shirley Struchen, RCC’s Executive Director and Wilbur Award Coordinator.

Primary criteria for Wilbur Awards are content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values. The Wilbur Awards are one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communication and have been presented annually since 1949. Complete information can be found on the Wilbur Awards page at


Peter Manseau discusses the intersection and importance of religion in American history

By Maya Boddie, Baptist Joint Committee intern

Peter Manseau

America’s story cannot be told without mentioning religion, and Peter Manseau has been tasked with telling that story at the Smithsonian. The Lilly Endowment Curator of American Religious History spoke to the D.C. Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council about how he works to bring religious history to life.

Manseau earned his doctorate in religion from Georgetown University, and is the author of several books, including One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History. He joined the Smithsonian team in 2016.

The museum’s first religion curator since the 1890s, Manseau is implementing innovative exhibit ideas and organizing concerts and theatre programs to expose guests to the many intersections of religion and history.


Public Relations and the President

By Tom McAnally, retired director United Methodist News Service and former national president of RCC

In his one-hour “Dateline NBC” special interview with Lester Holt aired January 13, President Obama said his administration had accomplished its goals and fulfilled many of the desires of those who elected him but had failed in the “PR” field. His comment reminded me of a basic assertion in a classic textbook on public relations I studied in college in the 1960s: It is not enough that good be done but that people perceive that good is done.

On that premise the profession of Public Relations emerged earlier in the 20th century. Organizations began to hire staff and spend money intentionally communicating their purpose and performance to a variety of “publics.” In my own religious heritage, the newly re-organized Methodist Church in 1940 created an organization to share its story of service and ministry to both internal and external publics, including the nation’s secular news media.

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