Judge Information

A message from our coordinator…

Hello!

Are you considering serving as a judge for the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards?

Judges for this competition are some of the most talented professionals in communications, public relations, marketing and design. They review work by communications veterans as well as young professionals, providing feedback and encouragement in a tough field.

We hope you will join the ranks of DeRose-Hinkhouse judges. See the FAQs below, and let me know if any further questions.

Kindest Regards,
Rev. Brian Fesler
Coordinator, DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards

What are the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards?

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are named in honor of Victor DeRose and Paul Hinkhouse, two early communications professionals who truly cared about religious communication. Awards are given annually to active members of the Religion Communicators Council who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations. Members compete in a number of classes and categories, and the awards are highly anticipated and valued.

Who is the Religion Communicators Council?

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is an association of communications professionals who work for and with a diverse group of faith-based organizations in the areas of communications, public relations, advertising and development. Founded in 1929, it’s the oldest organization of its type and one of the oldest PR‑related organizations in existence. Learn more about RCC here.

Who may judge the awards?

Judges are themselves active or retired communications professionals or academics. They have experience as writers, editors, illustrators and other fields covered by our entry categories. They are not necessarily in the field of religion communication, and many have worked for secular media outlets or in higher education. They care about the field, and they care about communications practitioners.

How does the judging work?

The numerous classes and categories are broken down into Judging Groups. Depending on the number of entries, a Judging Group may consist of a whole class, several categories, or even just one category or subcategory. Judges are given access to all the entries in their Judging Group and review them online.

Do I have to be a photographer to judge photography?

No! Communicators do not live in silos. Writers can know good photography; photographers can know good writing. Any communications professional may judge any Judging Group.

Can RCC members judge?

Yes! RCC members are encouraged to serve. They will be assigned to a Judging Group in which they and their organization have no entries.

How are entries scored?

The rules and criteria page lists several judging criteria. For each entry, judges review its summary and the linked or attached work(s). Scores for each criterion are entered, 1 – 10 (worst – best). This is a subjective evaluation, which we consider appropriate in a field that typically aims to influence opinions. Judges are also asked to give a few sentences of feedback for each entry.

What is the time committment?

Entries are divided into Judging Groups in an effort to not overburden our judges. It is estimated that each Judging Group will take a couple hours to complete. Judging opens at the end of January and must be completed by the end of February.

What if I start and can’t/don’t finish on time?

We ask that you commit to finishing your Judging Group by the deadline. If you can’t or don’t, we will have to remove all of your scoring from the system. Please don’t be offended–there is just no way to fairly calculate a final score in a Judging Group if a judge does not complete the whole group.

Is there any compensation?

At this time, judging is a volunteer activity. Judges have found it very uplifting to review the stellar work of our members, and we hope you will find reward in supporting their efforts.

Are judges recognized or anonymous?

All judges will be recognized and thanked for their work in the program and on our website. Additionally, judges’ names will be sent with their feedback to each entrant.

Additional questions?

Contact Rev. Brian Fesler, Coordinator of the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards.

What are the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards?

The DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards are named in honor of Victor DeRose and Paul Hinkhouse, two early communications professionals who truly cared about religious communication. Awards are given annually to active members of the Religion Communicators Council who demonstrate excellence in religious communications and public relations. Members compete in a number of classes and categories, and the awards are highly anticipated and valued.

Who is the Religion Communicators Council?

The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) is an association of communications professionals who work for and with a diverse group of faith-based organizations in the areas of communications, public relations, advertising and development. Founded in 1929, it’s the oldest organization of its type and one of the oldest PR‑related organizations in existence. Learn more about RCC here.

Who may judge the awards?

Judges are themselves active or retired communications professionals or academics. They have experience as writers, editors, illustrators or other fields covered by our entry categories. They are not necessarily in the field of religion communication, and many have worked for secular media outlets or in higher education. They care about the field, and they care about communications practitioners.

How does the judging work?

The numerous classes and categories are broken down into Judging Groups. Depending on the number of entries, a Judging Group may consist of a whole class, several categories, or even just one category or subcategory. Judges are given access to all the entries in their Judging Group and review them online.

Do I have to be a photographer to judge photography?

No! Communicators do not live in silos. Writers can know good photography; photographers can know good writing. Any communications professional may judge any Judging Group.

Can RCC members judge?

Yes! RCC members are encouraged to serve. They will be assigned to a Judging Group in which they and their organization have no entries.

How are entries scored?

The rules and criteria page lists several judging criteria. For each entry, judges review its summary and the linked or attached work(s). Scores for each criterion are entered, 1 – 10 (worst – best). This is a subjective evaluation, which we consider appropriate in a field that typically aims to influence opinions. Judges are also asked to give a few sentences of feedback for each entry.

What is the time committment?

Entries are divided into Judging Groups in an effort to not overburden our judges. It is estimated that each Judging Group will take about 2-4 hours to complete. Judging opens at the end of January and must be completed by the end of February.

What if I start and can’t/don’t finish on time?

We ask that you commit to finishing your Judging Group by the deadline. If you can’t or don’t, we will have to remove all of your scoring from the system. Please don’t be offended–there is just no way to fairly calculate a final score in a Judging Group if a judge does not complete the whole group.

Is there any compensation?

At this time, judging is a volunteer activity. Judges have found it very uplifting to review the stellar work of our members, and we hope you will find reward in supporting their efforts.

Are judges recognized or anonymous?

All judges will be recognized and thanked for their work in the program and on our website. Additionally, judges’ names will be sent with their feedback to each entrant.

Additional questions?

Contact Rev. Brian Fesler, Coordinator of the DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards.

Ready to Serve?