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MennoMedia wins U.S. media awards


Sheri Hartzler and Burton Buller

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Mennonite Church Canada/MennoMedia joint release
April 27, 2012
-Steve Shenk

Philadelphia, Pa.— MennoMedia won two national media awards from a U.S. association during its annual convention in Philadelphia. The Religion Communicators Council recognized the Waging Peace documentary and the Shaping Families radio program.

The council’s DeRose-Hinkhouse awards program, held this year on April 12, honoured the work of its members in the areas of broadcasting, publications, digital communications, social media, public relations, writing, design, and photography during the previous year. 

Waging Peace: Muslim and Christian Alternatives, which won an “award of excellence,” is a one-hour documentary about overcoming mistrust, hatred, and violence. It first aired last fall on 130 ABC stations in the U.S. Then MennoMedia made it available for purchase as a DVD. 

Accepting the award for MennoMedia in Philadelphia were Sheri Hartzler, director of electronic media, and Burton Buller, the documentary’s producer, formerly of Winnipeg, Man.

Another winner for MennoMedia was an episode of Shaping Families, a weekly 15-minute radio program that started two years ago. It is broadcast on 18 stations. The episode that earned a “certificate of merit” was “Re-entry After Prison,” featuring an ex-offender. It aired on June 4, 2011.

The co-hosts for Shaping Familiesare Melodie Davis and Burton Buller. 

MennoMedia, formed last July when Mennonite Publishing Network, a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA, merged with Third Way Media, inherited a long tradition of award-winning projects from Third Way Media.

MennoMedia is a ministry of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.