Presbyterians win 15 RCC awards

Creative Services, ‘Presbyterians Today’ score ‘best in class’ prizes

April 16, 2012

Deb Christian and Dianna Ott

Dianna Ott (right) receives her "Best in Class" award from RCC president Deb Christian —George Conklin


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.