The Baptist Communicators Association announced the winners
of its annual W.C. Fields awards competition at an April 29 banquet in
Among the winners were employees of the Baptist State Convention of North
Carolina (BSC), Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina (BCH) and Biblical
The awards competition is named in honor of Fields, chief public relations
officer for the SBC Executive Committee from 1959-87. The three-day gathering
provides professional development opportunities for communications
professionals with Southern Baptist entities, universities and churches.
Among the seven grand prizes, two went to N.C. Baptist contenders.
K Brown, BSC director of photography, won the M.E. Dodd Memorial
Award for radio, television, film and video, named in memory of the pastor of
First Baptist Church in Shreveport, La., who was a pioneer in radio ministry.
His project was titled “Clean Water for Bihar, India.”
Dianna L. Cagle, assistant managing editor for the Biblical Recorder, received
the Frank Burkhalter Award for newswriting, named in honor of the Southern
Baptist Convention’s first publicity director for the Cooperative Program and
longtime professor of journalism at Baylor University. Cagle won for “Closing Churches,” a package of stories that ran March 27, 2010.
Of the seven categories, there were N.C. winners in four of them:
Communications Division —Brown won two first place awards, one for a
feature production less than 15 minutes and another for a promotional video.
Each was about “Clean Water for Bihar, India.”
- Photography Division
—Brown won two awards in this division. His “By the Light” single image
won first place for “Other Media — Print.” His “First Taste” single image won
second place in “Other Media — Electronic.”
- News Writing Division
—Cagle won first place in “Series or Package” for newpapers for her
“Closing Churches.” Jim Edminson, editor of Charity & Children for BCH, won
second place for his first-person column “Paw Paw Loved the Saints.”
- Design Division — Carly
Conley, a BSC graphic designer, won first place in promotion and advertising
for her “2011 Cooperative Program Calendar.”
Edminson also received a first place award in “General
Design and Illustration” for his quasquicentennial logo for BCH.
There were three honorable mentions in the design category:
- Edminson for his quasquicentennial mascot logo.
- Leslie Crane, BSC senior graphic designer for
her Bible drill brochure.
- Crane again for “Praying Toward His Passion” a
direct mail piece.
The participants were judged in seven categories. The
complete list of winners is available at
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