Mississippi Conference Receives Three UMAC Awards


Photo right: Tamica Smith-Jeuitt smiles on behalf of the Mississippi Conference at the UMAC Awards.
Photo below, left: Jasmine Haynes joined the conference staff in October 2012 as the web and social media specialist.   
The Mississippi Annual Conference communication staff is celebrating three awards received during the annual meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC) held October 22-25, 2014 in Savannah, Georgia. The winners were announced on the last evening of the gathering. The Mississippi Conference won two first place awards in two categories -- special publication produced covering a specific issue or event, printed four times a year or less; and for social media online content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies such as Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, etc.
"First Place affirmation from United Methodist peers for the Mississippi Special Edition of The Circuit Rideris a gift to our conference. Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, our conference senior communications specialist, leads our team with enthusiasm and competence," said Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, director of connectional ministries and communications. "Jasmine Haynes tirelessly interprets the fast pace of United Methodist communications through social media. Her intentionality, creativity and knowledge have led our team to this special first place honor."   
A special thanks goes to Cindy Clark, longtime graphic designer for the Mississippi Conference who designed The Special Edition Circuit Rider and also contributes graphics for social media.  Special recognition is also due to photographer Greg Campbell for capturing highlights from Mississippi Annual Conference sessions that were featured in The Special Edition Circuit Rider
It was the conference's The POWER of We theme that won the third place award in the category for campaign/strategic planning which included multiple pieces in different media working together to achieve a goal. "The POWER of We emphasis represents many contributors and visionaries! Congratulations to all who midwifed this birth," explained Shelton.
Two African writers were named 2014 United Methodist Communicators of the Year for their coverage of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history. The United Methodist Association of Communicators gave the association's top award to Phileas Jusu, communicator for The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone, and Julu Swen, editor and publisher of West African Writers, both pictured on screen, photo below, right, an online publication about United Methodist happenings in West Africa.  
The United Methodist Association of Communicators is a voluntary, professional organization designed to:
  • provide recognition, fellowship and vocational enrichment for professional and volunteer communicators of the church; 
  • plan, participate in and support training and continuing education events;
  • develop standards and seek to enhance the professional quality of the work by United Methodist communicators;
  • assist in keeping members informed about developments in the communications industry and in promoting dialogue and discussion on technology and communication advocacy issues.
For more on UMAC and the awards, visit www.umcommunicators.org.