Wilbur Awards

2019 Wilbur Awards

2019 Wilbur Awards entry form brochure and categories

2019 Wilbur Awards online entry form

Entry deadline: February 6, 2019

Banquet celebration of winners and 70 years of Wilbur Awards: April 12, 2019 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Chicago

In 2019 the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) will celebrate 90 years of helping to tell stories at the intersection of faith and the public arena, while encouraging understanding and respect among faith groups.

RCC presents the Wilbur Awards to promote and encourage excellence in the communication of religious faith and positive values through a variety of secular media. We want to recognize the work of individuals and agencies as they communicate about religious issues, values and themes, with professionalism, fairness and honesty.

The Wilbur Award, first given in 1949, honors Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in the field of religious public relations. Each Wilbur stained glass trophy is individually hand-crafted. An eloquent thank you for excellent work!

We encourage you to come to Chicago April 12, 2019 to celebrate the 2019 winners and 70 years of Wilbur Awards.

We keep sponsoring the annual Wilbur Awards because so many of you keep turning out such great work!

Competition is judged by media professionals in a jury process. The basic criteria of content, creativity, execution and results, apply in the evaluation of each entry. The ultimate criterion is excellence in the communication of religious values.

2018 Wilbur Award winners (for work produced during 2017)

2018 Wilbur Award winners (photo by Malinda Rawls)

FlickrWilbur Awards photos – RCC gives you permission to use these photos.

YouTubeWilbur Awards videos – excerpts from the introductions of the winners and acceptance remarks

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES print and online

MAGAZINE ARTICLES print and online

BOOKS

  • Fiction

    •  The Noel Diary, Richard Paul Evans, author; Simon & Schuster, New York, New York

      Bud Heckman, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Richard Paul Evans.

      Photo by Malinda Rawls.

  • Non-fiction

FILMS AND VIDEO

  • Drama

    •  A Heart That Forgives, M. Legend Brown, director; Kelly Gay, producer; Ken Jenkins, writer, executive producer, screenwriter; TK Henderson, screenwriter; AHTF Films LLC, Plano, Texas

      Bud Heckman, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Ken Jenkins.

      Photo by Malinda Rawls.

  • Documentary (30 min.+)

    •  Bending the Arc, Kief Davidson and Pedro Kos, directors; Cori Shepherd Stern, writer; Kief Davidson and Cori Shepherd Stern, producers

      Cori Shepherd Stern accepted the award via video.

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS

  • Faith-based blogs (3 samples)

  • Social Media

    •  An America Without Muslims?, Katie Grimes, video editor; Dalia Mogahed, script writer; Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Dearborn, Michigan/Washington, D.C.

      Bud Heckman, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Katie Grimes.

      Photo by Malinda Rawls.

  • Online News Stories

  • Multimedia or Video

    •  Westar on the Road: The Quest for Religious Literacy,” Jeanine Butler, director/writer; Catherine Lynn Butler, producer/writer; Jamie Lee Godfrey, editor/motion graphics; Patrick Sheehan and Reuben Aaronson, cinematographers; James Kasper, executive producer; Butlerfilms LLC, Charlottesville, Virginia

      Bud Heckman, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to David Galston, executive director of the Westar Institute, and James Kasper, executive producer. Catherine Lynn Butler accepted the award via video.

      Photo by Malinda Rawls.

TELEVISION & CABLE

  • News – network or national syndication (up to 8 min.)

    •  A Place at the Table,” Richard Buddenhagen, producer/editor; Nancy Giles, correspondent; Rand Morrison, executive producer; CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News, New York, New York

      Bud Heckman, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Richard Buddenhagen.

      Photo by Malinda Rawls.

  • News – network or national syndication (8 min.+)

    •  Sanctuary,” Scott Pelley, correspondent; Jeff Fager, executive producer; Oriana Zill de Granados, Michael Rey, Dina Zingaro, and Jorge Garcia, producers; Bill Owens, executive editor; 60 Minutes, CBS News, New York, New York

      Bud Heckman, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Dina Zingaro.

      Photo by Malinda Rawls.

  • News Story – local or regional

    •  Wrongly Imprisoned Pastor Preaches Forgiveness,” Patrick Fazio, reporter and writer; Chase Lucas, photographer and editor; KSHB-TV41; Pastor Darryl A. Burton; Kansas City, Missouri

      Patrick Fazio accepted the award via video.

       Bud Heckman, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Pastor Darryl A. Burton.

      Photo by Malinda Rawls.

  • Documentary (up to 30 min.)

    •  Faith on the Frontlines,” Elizabeth Kineke, producer; Elyse Kaftan, editor; Jennie Kamin, associate producer; CBS Television: Religion and Culture, CBS News, New York, New York

      Bud Heckman, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Elizabeth Kineke.

      Photo by Malinda Rawls.

  • Documentary (30 min.+)

    •  An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, Martin Doblmeier, writer/director/producer/narrator; Nathan Dewild, videographer/editor/producer; Anthony Bellissimo, graphics; Jen Quintana and Andrew Finstuen, producers; Journey Films (PBS), Alexandria, Virginiab

      Martin Doblmeier accepted the award via video.

RADIO OR PODCASTS

  • Single program

    •  Welcoming the Stranger,” Laura Kwerel, producer; Ruth Morris, guest host/producer; Amber Khan, editor; Maureen Fiedler, host of Interfaith Voices; Interfaith Voices, Washington, D.C.

      Amber Khan accepted the award via an audio recording.

  • Series of programs (two or more)

    •  See Something Say Something: Ramadan Series,” Ahmed Ali Akbar, host; Meg Cramer, editor; Megan Detrie, producer; Agerenesh Ashagre, producer; Eleanor Kagan, director of audio; BuzzFeed News, New York, New York

      Bud Heckman, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Ahmed Ali Akbar and Megan Detrie.

      Photo by Malinda Rawls.

  • Documentary (up to 30 min.)

    •  An American Mosque,” Monique Parsons, reporter; Deborah George, editor; Cate Cahan, WBEZ editor; Derek John, sound designer/producer; Produced independently in conjunction with WBEZ broadcasting, Chicago, Illinois

      Bud Heckman, president of the national Religion Communicators Council, presented the award to Monique Parsons.

      Photo by Malinda Rawls.

Shirley Struchen and Andy Rawls provide leadership for the Wilbur Awards program

Shirley Struchen and Andy RawlsShirley Struchen, RCC Executive Director since 2001, is coordinator of the 2018 Wilbur Awards.

Dr. Andrew “Andy” B. Rawls, former director of media services at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is producer of the 2018 Wilbur Awards event for the 28th year. He received a “Special Wilbur” in 2012 as Producer Extraordinaire for his many years of creatively producing the RCC Wilbur Program.

Want to check out some of the 2018 Wilbur Awards presentations again? Go to the RCC YouTube Channel to see the award presentations.

Many thanks to Andy Rawls, Wilbur Awards producer, for preparing all 22 video clips highlighting the introduction to each award and excerpts from the acceptance remarks!

Wilbur Awards host: M. Alexis Scott

Alexis ScottM. Alexis Scott has a long career as a newspaper journalist, executive and visionary community leader.

After nearly 17 years as publisher of the Atlanta Daily World, a newspaper founded by her grandfather in 1928, she was part of the executive team that opened the Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta in 2014.

Before joining the team at The Center, her responsibilities at the Atlanta Daily World included management of its overall business operations and news content. In addition, she wrote a regular column.

Before taking the helm of her family’s newspaper, Ms. Scott had a 22-year career with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Cox Enterprises, Inc., where she worked her way up from reporter to vice president/community affairs at the AJC, and director of diversity at Cox.

She is also a political commentator on the Georgia Gang, a week-in-review program broadcast Sundays on FOX 5 Atlanta. She has appeared regularly since 2002.

Current award winners

2018 (for work completed in 2017)

Previous award winners

2017 (for work completed in 2016)

2016 (for work completed in 2015)

2015 (for work completed in 2014)

2014 (for work completed in 2013)

2013 (for work completed in 2012)

2012 (for work completed in 2011)

2011 (for work completed in 2010)

2010 (for work completed in 2009)

2009 (for work completed in 2008)

2008 (for work completed in 2007)

2007 (for work completed in 2006)

2006 (for work completed in 2005)

2005 (for work completed in 2004)

2004 (for work completed in 2003)

2003 (for work completed in 2002)

2002 (for work completed in 2001)

2001 (for work completed in 2000)

2000 (for work completed in 1999)

1998 (for work completed in 1997)

1996 (for work completed in 1995)

1992 (for work completed in 1991)

For more information about the Religion Communicators Council or to become a member, please contact:

Shirley Struchen
Phone: 212-870-2402
E-mail: [email protected]

 
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