April 12, 2005
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—The Dallas Morning News and
religion editor Bruce Tomaso won the newspaper’s seventh consecutive
award for top religion section from the Religion Communicators Council.
The Boston Globe was
named best major market newspaper for the third time. Honored this year
was writer Michael Paulson’s series, “Closing parishes.”
writers, producers and photographers received 2005 Wilbur Awards from
the Religion Communicators Council on April 9 in ceremonies at the
Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Wilbur Awards recognize outstanding secular media work featuring
religious issues, themes and values. The awards are named for Marvin C.
Wilbur, a pioneer in the field of religion public relations.
is an international interfaith association of religion communicators
working in print, electronic communication, marketing and public
relations. Based in New York, it has 600 members.
Other 2005 award recipients included:
- National magazine: Life Magazine, Frank McCourt, writer; Robert Sullivan editor, “Where We Pray.”
- Comic strip: “Frazz,” Jef Mallet, artist, United Media, New York.
- Photography: The Des Moines Register, David Peterson, photographer, “Young men answer call to be priests.”
- Book: To the Mountain, by Stewart Burns, HarperCollins, publisher.
drama: “Man of Faith” from the series “Jack and Bobby,”
Berlanti/Liddell and Shoe Money Productions with Warner Brothers
television news: “Father Joe: Slum Priest” from “Religion and Ethics
NewsWeekly,” Thirteen/WNET Television, New York; Phil Jones,
correspondent; Bob Abernethy, host; Arnold Labaton, executive producer;
Phil O’Connor, producer.
television documentary: “Seeking Salvation,” Vision TV, Toronto,
Ontario, Canada Travesty Productions; Phillip Daniels, director and
producer; S. Wyeth Clarkson, producer; Lawrence Hill, writer.
“Beyond the God Gap” segment of “Speaking of Faith,” American Public
Media, St. Paul, Minn.; Marge Ostrouskho, managing producer; Krista
documentary: “America’s Heart & Soul,” Blacklight Films and Walt
Disney Pictures; Louis Schwartzberg, producer and director; Vincent
Ueber, associate producer.
- Film comedy: “Raising Helen,” Beacon Pictures and Touchstone Pictures; Gary Marshall, director; Ashok Amritraj, producer.
A complete list of the Wilbur Award winners is posted at http://www.religioncommunicators.org/wilbur/2005winners.html.
News media contact: Tim Tanton, Nashville, Tenn., (615) 742-5470 or email@example.com.