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Pacific Coast Interfaith Communicators

MISSION: Promote religious literacy, interfaith appreciation and cooperation, and excellence in religious publicity and secular journalism focused on religion

Letter from the Editor

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Registration is now open for the national RCC national convention "Opening New Portals: Building Community" on April 6 - 9. ALL ARE WELCOME! Featured content includes:
• 10 Useful Tools and Tactics for Strengthening Your Communications Work
• Diversity: How to Write and Produce Segments About Different Religions
• Including Underrepresented Voices in the Media
More info is in our National Update below. Watch for further announcements!

Governor, Religion Communicators Council
Chair, Membership Committee

Objective: Promote Religious Literacy

The Muslim Public Affairs Council will host a free media awards ceremony on Saturday, March 20 at 5pm. RSVP to attend!

MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau changes the narrative of Islam and Muslims in the entertainment industry so that audiences see Muslims as vital contributors to creating social and cultural change in America and around the world.

Objective: Promote Interfaith Cooperation

Patrick Horn wrote in 2019 about the official state declaration in support of Compassionate California, and now in 2021, seven compassion hubs give an update on the work to promote, grow and model compassion. All are unique with successes and gifts to share across many sectors.

Objective: Foster Communications

The global climate emergency requires a global, multi-faith response. On Thursday, March 11, people of diverse religions are coming together in a bold new way to work for climate justice. Sign up to join or host a #SacredPeopleSacredEarth event.

In The News

RCC National Update

• Annual Convention: All Virtual - April 6 - 9, 2021

Opening New Portals, Building Community is designed to help communicators—reporters, editors, publishers, writers, marketers, freelancers, videographers, photographers, graphic designers and more—who work for the religious and mainstream media, denominations, religious and other organizations and non-profits and others to be supported and encouraged as people of faith and to network and develop and improve their skills.

In addition to plenary speakers, panels and workshops, it will include the business meetings and award ceremonies for the Associated Church Press, Religion Communicators Council and the Canadian Christian Communicators Association.

• Wilbur Awards

For over 70 years, the Religion Communicators Council has recognized the work of individuals, production companies, and agencies as they communicate about religious issues, values, and themes with professionalism, fairness, respect, and honesty. Any person or agency may submit entries for the 2021 Wilbur Awards. Entries are eligible if released or distributed through a non-religious medium of general circulation during the 2020 calendar year. The work must be focused on religious issues, positive values, and uplifting themes. Entry is open now. Any questions can be referred to Ryan John Koch. Deadline was February 8, 2021.

• DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards
The Nashville Chapter of RCC is providing coordination of the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards, presented annually to active RCC members who demonstrate excellence in religion communications and public relations. Follow this link to access Categories and Classes and enter online. Any questions can be referred to Brian FeslerDeadline was January 19, 2021.

•  Membership Benefits
Your RCC membership qualifies you to earn the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), a credential that keeps you current on today’s best practices and applications in the ever-evolving communications profession. Want to learn more? Contact RCC’s representative Jeff Huett at 202-680-4127.


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