The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is accepting entries for the 2018 Wilbur Awards. Secular media professionals have until Feb. 5, 2018 to submit work produced in 2017 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, books, blogs, film, radio, podcasts, and television – in communicating religious issues, positive values and themes.
Winners in 2017 included 20th Century Fox – “Hidden Figures”; Woman’s Day Magazine – “Winning at Life”; The Associated Press – “Divided America”; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – “Silent Sanctuaries”; The Commercial Appeal – “Faith Matters”; Unity Productions – “American Muslims: Facts vs. Fiction”; CBS-TV Sunday Morning – “The Harmony Project”; ABC Television – “black-ish”; and National Geographic – “The Story of God with Morgan Freeman” along with documentary film makers, bloggers, and book authors. See the 2017 Wilbur Awards program and winners list (PDF) for a complete list.
The 2018 awards will be presented Saturday, April 7 in Atlanta, Ga , 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 seven categories. Juries of media professionals coordinated by Religion Communication Council members across the country evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.
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 page on the RCC website.
About the Religion Communicators Council
The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Members represent Bahá’í, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim faith communities. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States.