Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) communicators won 15 DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards from the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) at the RCC’s annual awards banquet April 12 in Philadelphia.
The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards ― named after two New York lithographers ― are given annually to active RCC members who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations. The 2012 awards ― given for work produced in 2011 ― were chosen from among 232 entries.
Two of the 16 PC(USA) awards were “Best in Class” ― the most prestigious of the RCC awards:
- Dianna Ott, director of Creative Services, in the Public Relations Materials category for the 2010 General Assembly Mission Council annual report, entitled “We are Grateful for the Numbers.
- Chris Herlinger in the Writing for Publication category for his story "Haiti: A Year Later" in the March 2011 issue of Presbyterians Today. Herlinger serves on the staff of Church World Service.
Presbyterians Today won four other awards:
- An Award of Excellence (1st place) in the Magazine News, single story category for Herlinger’s Haiti article.
- A Certificate of Merit (2nd place) in the National Magazine category for Presbyterians Today, edited by Eva Stimson.
- A Certificate of Merit in the Magazine Article, single article category for Paul Seebeck, communications associate, for his story in the September 2011 issue of Presbyterians Today entitled “A Radical Experiment.”
- A Certificate of Merit in the Overall Design category for Shellee Layman, the magazine’s art director for the November 2011 issue.
PC(USA) communicators won five other Awards of Excellence:
- Ott in the Annual Report category for the GAMC’s 2010 annual report (published in 2011).
- Billie Healy, editor of the Mission Yearbook for Prayer and Study, in the Miscellaneous Single Issue Publication category for the 2012 edition of the yearbook (published in 2011).
- Mark Thomson, Creative Services’ desktop publishing associate, in the Special Print Material category for PC(USA) mission co-worker prayer cards.
- Carol Johnson, a designer in Creative Services, and Pamela Burdine of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in the Advertisement category for their PDA ad entitled “Because No Place on Earth is Godforsaken.”
- David Barnhart of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in the Video, Documentary/Educational category for “Seeds and Tools: Starting a New Life, Part 1.”
Four other Certificates of Merit were awarded to PC(USA) communicators:
- Thomson in the Brochure category for the Presbyterian Hunger Program Brochure.
- Thomson in the Press Kits/Media Kits category for the PC(USA)’s Mission Funding Campaign materials.
- Barnhart in the Video, Documentary/Educational category for “Joseph’s Story, Part 1.”
- Susan Jackson Dowd and Laura Lee of Presbyterian Women in the Miscellaneous Video category for “Confessing the Beatitudes: Companion DVD.”