(RNS) As denominational news services contend with fiscal challenges that have beset secular media as well, church press officials worry these outlets have lost their editorial independence and are increasingly performing public relations roles for their denominations.
Religion Communicators Council honors 17 for work during 2012
NEW YORK—CBS-TV has won three Wilbur Awards for 2012. The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) announced 17 Wilbur Awards on March 1. The awards honor excellence by individuals in secular media—print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures—in communicating religious issues, values and themes during 2012. Two organizations, CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Networks, have earned two stained-glass Wilbur Awards. Other winners include the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post and Simon & Schuster Inc.
John P. “Jack” Blessington, executive producer of the CBS Religion and Culture series, is receiving a special Wilbur honor.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) In his new job as the Vatican's senior communications adviser, Fox News reporter Greg Burke, 52, will be counseling Pope Benedict XVI and his closest staff on how to better project the Catholic Church's image to the rest of the world. By Tim Townsend.