Religion News Service Celebrates Wilbur Awards

Religion News Service (RNS) is pleased to announce that columnist Jeffrey Salkin and the “Saved by the City” podcast, hosted by Roxanne Stone and Katelyn Beaty and produced by Jonathan Woodward, have been honored with the 2022 Wilbur Awards.

“What an honor for our team to win these awards,” said RNS Editor Deborah Caldwell. “RNS reporters, commentators, editors and producers work hard every day to cover the world of religion and faith. I am so happy that their creativity and passion for excellence are being noticed and rewarded.

“Saved by the City” won for Radio or Podcasts: Series of Programs (two or more).

“I am grateful to have received this award along with my colleagues Roxanne and Katelyn. It was a pleasure to work with them and I look forward to many more episodes. I am also grateful for the support of our podcast from the entire Religion News Service team. Without their support, this podcast would not have been possible,” said Woodward.

Jeffrey Salkin won the Online Communications: Blog award for his longtime RNS column “Martini Judaism.”

“I’m honored to win the 2022 Wilbur Award for Best Religious Blog of the Year. In many ways, it’s an ‘amen’ to my life purpose – to raise awareness and awaken people, and to give back to religion its role as a non-prisoner, speaking truth to the way of life of power. I am proud of my association with Religion News Service, and am deeply grateful to have won a literary and spiritual home on this site,” Salkin said. .

Since 1949, the Wilbur Awards have been presented annually to recognize excellence in the communication of religious issues, values, and themes in secular public media. Through these awards, the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) recognizes the work of individuals, production companies, and agencies who communicate religious issues, values, and themes with professionalism, fairness, respect, and honesty.

The awards ceremony took place virtually on Friday, May 13.


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