(DSC Communications)—Desert Southwest Conference Communications have once again been recognized by the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) for excellence. The DeRose-Hinkhouse Award reception was held in Indianapolis, IN, April 4, 2012, in conjunction with RCC’s annual national convention.
The award recognizes the achievements of RCC members who demonstrate excellence as religion communicators. Bonnie Parnell Riechert, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, was the Coordinator of judging for the DeRose-Hinkhouse Awards for 2012. The awards honor the late Victor DeRose and Paul M. Hinkhouse, who were leading lithographers in New York City.
Desert Southwest Conference Communications were recognized in four areas as standing out against hundreds of other entries from a multitude of faiths. Betsy Alderman, Ph.D., University of Tennessee communications department head, was the Coordinator of judging for the awards and she reported that the judges confirmed they had to make some difficult choices due to the high quality of the submitted entries. The awards received were a Certificate of Merit for Transformation Magazine Vol. 4 issue 3 and an award of excellence in Web Design for http://desertsouthwestconference.org.
These latest awards continue a history of The Desert Southwest Conference being recognized for leading the way in communications for The United Methodist Church and religious communicators around the world.
“We appreciate this recognition,” said Stephen J. Hustedt, DSC Director of Communications, “We are always looking for new and better ways to share the story of the people of The Desert Southwest Conference of The United Methodist Church. We’re very excited about what’s coming down the pipeline, especially the new Desert Southwest Conference website that is scheduled to launch in time for Annual Conference. This is only the beginning!”
The RCC is an interfaith association of religion communicators at work in print and electronic communication, marketing, and public relations. Established in 1929, it is the oldest association of religion communicators in America. There are twelve local chapters around the country as well as members-at-large in cities where a chapter does not exist. The chapters meet monthly, providing an outlet for education and networking for the members. The chapters also serve to promote excellence in the communication of religious faith and values as well as understanding among diverse faith groups.
A complete list of the 2012 DeRose-Hinkhouse award winners can be found at http://www.religioncommunicators.org.