Baptist communicators gathered for their annual meeting April 13-16 in Oklahoma for training, fellowship and ministry opportunities.
Members of the Baptist Communicators Association (BCA) met at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in Davis, Okla. On April 15, BCA members held its annual Wilmer C. Fields Awards banquet, which recognizes the top Baptists in various forms of communication.
From North Carolina, winners included the Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina, N.C. Baptist Aging Ministry, Biblical Recorder and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS).
In the News Writing division, Seth Brown, content editor for the Biblical Recorder, won first place in the single article of more than 1,000 words. He wrote “Mission team hatches plan to care for Kenyan orphans,” which reports on a group’s efforts to take aquaponics to villages in East Africa. The article ran in the Nov. 7, 2015, issue.
Brown, along with BR Editor K. Allan Blume and production editor Dianna L. Cagle, placed second in the news writing division’s entry for a series or package. They wrote stories related to Hurricane Katrina’s 10-year anniversary in the Aug. 15 issue.
In the feature writing division, Jim Edminson of Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina and N.C. Baptist Aging Ministry, placed first and third in the first-person column entry. He received first place for his “Fresh Jelly Cake” entry and tied for third for “Washing Dishes.” These columns were published in Charity & Children in the October and January/February issues respectively.
In the Design category, Edminson won a first place award for his Fancy Finds logo in the print collateral category. Bailey Shoemaker of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (SEBTS) placed third in the special display for her “Interactive Go Map” in the print collateral area. She also won second and third place in the booklet category. She won second for her “Seminary Viewbook” and third for her “College Viewbook.” In the annual report category, Shoemaker received a third place award for “A Year of Going.”
In the Publications section for state Baptist newspaper, the Biblical Recorder place third. The paper also placed third in the newspaper front page design category.
Ryan Thomas of SEBTS placed third in the magazine cover category for his “The Great Commission Magazine of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary – Fall 2015.”
In the billboard/banner category, Edminson placed third for his “Fill Up! Family Gathering-4” entry.
In Interactive Communications, SEBTS’ Maria Estes, Ryan Thomas and Sam Morris placed third for a social media single post entry for their “9Marks at Southeastern Instagram Triptych.”
Members also attended training sessions on communication strategies and techniques as well as toured the Oklahoma City bombing site and Hobby Lobby headquarters.