CHICAGO — In 2019 the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) presented more than 90 total winners of the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards recognizing quality and achievement in about 60 categories of communication and public relations on Wednesday, April 10 at the annual convention.

Active RCC members, who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations, compete for the honors every year. These peer awards are named in honor of the late Victor DeRose and the late Paul M. Hinkhouse who were leading lithographers in New York City and longtime supporters of RCC. A strong interest in and a concern for excellence in communication were shared by the friends and business partners.

This year’s judges included professionals from educational institutions, religious organizations, and private advertising and marketing teams. News, feature, promotional and other materials in all forms of media – print, electronic and digital – with either local, regional or national reach, were recognized.

RCC members represent a variety of communications disciplines, including editors, writers and designers, photographers, videographers, broadcast, social media, web developers, marketers, fundraisers, project managers ad, of course, students.

RCC received more than 200 entries in the competition this year. Each entry was judged on overall quality, including concept, writing, design, creativity, style, use of color, appropriateness of material for intended audience, creative use of resources, and effectiveness in achieving its purpose. Three award categories are given: Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, and in each of the nine classes, a Best of Class.

The 2019 DeRose-Hinkhouse Award Best of Class winners are:

Class A — Periodicals: Best of Class to Tara Barnes: Response, Daily Assembly Edition, United Methodist Women

Class B — Periodicals, Single Issue: Best of Class to Katherine Branch: Pathways Magazine, 2018, Green Gate Marketing

Class C — Writing For Publication: Best of Class to Donna Frischknecht Jackson: “Rural Realities” series, Presbyterians Today, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Class D — Specialized Writing: Best of Class to Aaron Weaver: A Baptist Vision of Religious Liberty & Free and Faithful Politics – The Words and Writing of James M. Dunn, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship

Class E — Graphic Design, Art, and Photography: Best of Class to Emily Sajewski, Adlai Amor: Working for the World We Seek for 75 Years: FCNL Annual Report 2017-2018, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)

Class F — Audio and Video, Non-Broadcast and Cable: Best of Class to Paul Seebeck, Michael Fitzer: JuJu Skateboard Ministry, Presbyterian Mission Agency

Class G — Public Relations Materials: Best of Class to William Nunnelley: Samford University Beeson Magazine, Samford University

Class H — Public Relations/Advertising Campaigns: Best of Class to Teresa Mader and Bryce Wiebe: 2018-2019 Presbyterian Giving Catalog Social Media Campaign, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Class I — Digital Media: Best of Class to Amenthel Parel-Sewell, C. Aaron Kreader, Amy Renshaw, Heidi Parsons: Brilliant Star Online, Brilliant Star / Bahá’í National Center

The complete lists of award winners are published on the Religion Communicators Council DeRose-Hinkhouse Awardspage.

The Religion Communicators Council, founded in 1929, is a professional association whose mission is to provide opportunities for networking and professional development for people working in communications for a wide variety of faith-based organizations. RCC recognizes and cultivates excellence in communications of religious faith and values, as well as advances the public’s religious literacy.

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