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The Best Of Kidspirit Online Wins A 2012 Wilbur Award

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March 13, 2012, Brooklyn, NYKidSpirit, the online magazine and social networking site for 11- to 16-year-olds, is delighted to announce that it has won a 2012 Wilbur Award for the Best of KidSpirit Online, Volume 1. Compiled into 111 pages of full-color content, the Best of KidSpirit Online won in the Youth Book category and features the most creative and insightful content published in its first year online.

The Wilbur Awards are awarded by the Religion Communicators Council, an interfaith association founded in 1929. These awards recognize the work of individuals in secular media in communicating religious issues, values and themes during 2011.

The Best of KidSpirit Online honors outstanding teen work on themes related to ethics, values, and spirituality. The content was selected by KidSpirit’s all youth Editorial Board and includes articles ranging from an examination of “Humility in Hinduism,” to an assessment of Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu, to explorations of meaning, and personal essays which convey “Awesome Moments” of transcendence. The volume also highlights winners of the annual KidSpirit Awards and includes group guides and activities to aid teachers in supporting youth development. The Best of KidSpirit Online is a testament to the creativity and spiritual depth of teens the world over.

In addition to winning a Wilbur Award, KidSpirit has been recognized for its high quality youth driven content by several other prestigious organizations. KidSpirit was a Finalist in the 2011 Golden Lamp Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP), as well as a Gold Award winner from both Mom’s Choice and the National Parenting Publications Association (NAPPA).

An unaffiliated, non-profit quarterly, KidSpirit Magazine empowers youth to explore questions of meaning through original essays, poetry, and artwork, and supports their development into world citizens with strong inner grounding. Themes are chosen and submissions edited monthly by an all-youth Editorial Board.  The website, KidSpirit Online (http://kidspiritonline.com), takes this mission further by creating a safe and moderated community for youth to dialogue in a social networking environment. The Best of KidSpirit Online is the first print compilation volume issued by KidSpirit.

KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine & website for kids created by and for young people to tackle life’s big questions together. Teens share online writing, poetry, artwork, volunteer opportunities and examine their spiritual development in a non-affiliated and inclusive forum.

“The Help” wins 2012 Wilbur Award

Religion Communicators Council honors 15 for work done during 2011

“The Help,” a critically acclaimed film about a southern white woman’s relationship with two black maids during the 1960s, has won a 2012 Wilbur Award.

The Religion Communicators Council announced the 15 Wilbur Awards for 2012 March 9 in New York. The awards honor excellence by individuals in secular media—print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures—in communicating religious issues, values and themes during 2011.

Other 2012 award winners include CBS News, The Oregonian in Portland, Ore., and Entertainment Weekly.

The 2012 awards are to be presented April 14 in Philadelphia during the council’s national convention. The Rev. David W. Brown, vice president of sales and community outreach for United Healthcare Community Plan, Pennsylvania, is host for the award ceremony at the Philadelphia Airport Marriott Hotel.

The Religion Communicators Council has presented Wilbur Awards annually since 1949. Secular communicators enter work in eight categories. Juries of media professionals coordinated by council members across the country evaluate submissions on content, creativity, impact and excellence in communicating religious values.

The award is named for the late Marvin C. Wilbur, a pioneer in religious public relations, longtime council leader and former Presbyterian Church executive. The Presbyterian Church U.S.A. is underwriting the 2012 Wilbur Awards.

2012 Wilbur Award winners (for work produced during 2011):

Newspapers
The Oregonian, Portland, Ore., “Faith and Portland: On Easter Sunday, adrift in an unchurched city,”April 24, 2011, Susan Nielsen, associate editor.

Magazines 
Entertainment Weekly, New York, “The Nun Who Kissed Elvis,” Feb. 4/11, 2011, Thom Geier.

Photography series 
“The Brothers of Clear Creek,” Oklahoma Today, Oklahoma City, Okla., November/December 2011, Steffie Corcoran, editor,  Shane Brown, photographer.

Blogs
“Faith & Works: Kentucky’s and Indiana’s Diverse Religious Scene,” Courier-Journal.com, Louisville, Ky., Peter Smith.

Radio, single program
“The Witches of Lubin,” SueMedia Productions, Hempstead, N.Y., Sue Zizza, director and executive producer, written by Ellen Kushner, Elizabeth Schwartz and Yale Strom; original music score by Yale Strom and Hot Pstromi.

Television and cable news (two to six minutes)
“Spreading the Word,” CBS NewsSunday Morning, April 24, 2011, Daniel Sieberg, reporter; Anthony Laudato, producer.

Television and cable news (seven minutes or more)
“Martin Luther King and  Rev. Robert Graetz,” Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, Jan. 14, 2011, Kim Lawton, correspondent, Janice  R. Henderson, producer.
“Mount Athos,” 60 Minutes, April 24, 2011, Bob Simon, correspondent,
Harry Radliffe II and Michael Karzis, producers.

Television and cable documentary
“Serving Life,” Lightworks Pictures, New York, in association with KPI, Oprah Winfrey Network, July 28, 2011, Lisa  R. Cohen, writer, producer and director.

Multimedia or Online videos
3-Minute Retreat, Loyola Press, Chicago, Rosemary Lane.

Books, nonfiction
Presidential Campaign Rhetoric in an Age of Confessional Politics by Brian T. Kaylor, Lexington Books, The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

Books, fiction
Miles To Go by Richard Paul Evans, Simon & Schuster Inc., publisher.

Books, youth
The Best of KidSpirit Online, Volume I, KidSpirit Online, publisher, Elizabeth Dabney Hochman, founding editor.

Feature films, documentary
Love Free or Die, Reveal Productions Inc., Macky Alston, director, Sandra Itkoff, producer.

Feature films, drama
The Help, Edify Media Inc., Tate Taylor, screenplay and director, Kathryn Stockett, novel.

About the Religion Communicators Council:
The Religion Communicators Council is an interfaith association of more than 400 religion communicators working in print and electronic communication, advertising, and public relations. Members represent Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faith communities. Founded in 1929, the council is the oldest public relations professional association in the United States.

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