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Religion Communicators Council: Entry period opens for 2013 Wilbur Awards

29 Nov

For Immediate Release

Religion Communicators Council to accept submissions until Feb. 4.

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is  accepting entries for the 2013 Wilbur Awards. Secular communicators have until Feb. 4 to submit work produced during 2012 for consideration in one of the oldest recognition programs in religion communication.

 The council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. They honor excellence by individuals in secular media—print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures—in communicating religious issues, values and themes. Winners in 2012 represented The Oregonian, Oklahoma Today, Entertainment Weekly, CBS News, Simon and Schuster Publishing House, motion picture producers; local radio and television stations; blogs and other electronic media authors; and book authors. The award is named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations and longtime council leader. 

The 2012 awards are to be presented April 6 in Indianapolis, IN, during the council’s national convention. Winners receive a handcrafted stained-glass trophy and national recognition for their work.

Secular communicators may enter work in 8 categories. Juries of media professionals coordinated by RCC members across the country evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.

For more information about the Wilbur Awards or entry details, go to    

The  2013 awards are underwritten by The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), a non-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. It reaches people in more than 80 countries and the U.S. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life. It is a ministry of  The United Methodist Church. Visit 

About the Religion Communicators Council:

The RCC is an interfaith association of more than 500 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Members represent Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faith communities.  Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States.



Shirley Struchen
(212) 870-2402


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