Southwest’s communications receive awards


Seminary of the Southwest received four Polly Bond awards for communications work produced in 2015 at the recent Episcopal Communicators conference in Portland, OR.

Named for Episcopal Communicators’ founding member and accomplished church communicator, the awards recognize excellence in members’ work. Professionals, acting independently, who work in journalism, electronic media, writing, editing, photography and design critique and judge each entry and provide their evaluations on all entries.

Awards to Southwest are as follows:

Award of Excellence for Video: Short-Form, “The Center” presented to Nancy Springer-Baldwin, StoryDriven marketing/documentary video

Award of Merit for General Excellence: Best Print Periodical (Diocese/Organization), Ratherview presented to Nancy Springer-Baldwin, co-lead with the Very Rev. Cynthia Briggs Kittredge, Vivify Creative graphic design/layout

Honorable Mention for Video: Short-Form, “Curriculum” presented to Nancy Springer-Baldwin, StoryDriven marketing/documentary video

Honorable Mention for General Excellence: Integrated Social Media Presence, Seminary of the Southwest Social Media presented to Nancy Springer-Baldwin, Student Assistants Hunter Ruffin and James Clarkson

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry delivered the keynote address at the conference in which he proclaimed, “You are front line evangelists. You share the good news for the church.” He was followed by Michael Hunn, canon for ministry within the Episcopal Church, who requested that the communicators share what they need from the church’s communications office to better “spread the good news of Jesus as the Episcopal branch of the Jesus movement.”

Membership in the Episcopal Communicators is open to anyone engaged in the ministry of communication in the Episcopal Church or a full-communion partner of the Episcopal Church. The 2017 Episcopal Communicators conference is planned for Cincinnati, Ohio in April.