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NIC Communications earn two awards

Posted: May 22 2020 at 12:00 AM

United Methodist communicators were honored May 21 with a virtual awards celebration hosted by the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC).

After the cancellation of its 2020 gathering due to COVID-19 safety concerns, UMAC moved its gala online, where communicators across the United Methodist connection gathered to watch the ceremony on the organization’s Facebook page.

Work was submitted across 10 classes of communications, with the best in class for each, as well as first, second and third place winners selected for each category. 

In the Print Publication/Newspaper category, NIC’s Director of Communications Anne Marie Gerhardt and graphic designer Natalie Rowe received 2nd place for the Northern Illinois Conference Reporter. In the Digital Publications category, Anne Marie Gerhardt received 2nd place for the NIC weekly eNews

“It was such an honor to receive these awards and to be recognized among so many of my talented peers across the United Methodist connection,” said Gerhardt. “While I missed celebrating and learning from my colleagues in-person, the virtual ceremony was uplifting. Telling the story of the church continues to be a joy and ministry for me.”

To read more on the winners, visit

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