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Hollon, 'Reporter' among UMAC contest winners Staff Reports, Oct 28, 2011
Larry Hollon, top executive of United Methodist Communications, received the “communicator of the year” award at the Oct. 20 UMAC event.
From Staff Reports
The United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) held its annual meeting last month, in Albuquerque, N.M. And, as always, a main event was the awards banquet recognizing outstanding work in a number of categories.
The Rev. Larry Hollon, top executive of United Methodist Communications since 2000, received the “communicator of the year” award at the Oct. 20 event. Mr. Hollon has had a key role in the United Methodist Church’s participation in the anti-malaria campaigns “Nothing But Nets” and” Imagine No Malaria.”
The United Methodist Reporter won a certificate of excellence in the newspaper category, with judges remarking on the steady mix of interesting and readable stories.
Judges also honored former managing editor Robin Russell with a certificate of excellence in the opinion/editorial category, for a column headlined “Too bland for our own good?” The piece was inspired by a crack about the United Methodist Church made by Jon Stewart of The Daily Show.
Two staff members of UMR Communications, the Reporter’s parent company, were honored for work in publicity and advertising. Cherrie Graham and Erika Dorsey won a certificate of excellence for campaign/strategic planning, and a certificate of merit for a UMR advertising campaign.
Stephen Hustedt and Christina Dillabough of the Desert Southwest Conference won best of class for print for Transformation Magazine. Best of class for digital publications went to Jamie Jenkins and Tim McDaniel of the North Georgia Conference, for Monday Morning in North Georgia.
Jessica Connor of the South Carolina UM Advocate won best of class in writing for a story titled “Spirit Singers.” She won a handful of certificates of excellence for other articles.
The Rev. Paul Jeffrey won best of class in both photography, for work in Southern Sudan on behalf of the General Board of Global Ministries, and media presentation.
Best of class in visual design went to Hal Sadler and Ron Underberg, for GBGM’s New World Outlook. In video production, best of class went to United Methodist Communications (Fran Coode Walsh, Lilla Marigza, Jan Snider), for “Congo Pilot Medical Missions.”
The best of class award in publicity and advertising went to various staff members of GBGM, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, and United Methodist Communications, for the 10-Fold Campaign.
The UMAC Hall of Fame inductees this year were Wally Athey, former director of communications for the Desert Southwest Conference, and the late Rev. Ann Greene Whiting, who was editor of the Southern New England edition of the Reporter and Zion’s Herald, and also served as editor and publisher of the Michigan Christian Advocate.