In lieu of a stand-alone convention in 2020, the Associated Church Press is joining with nearly 100 other organizations March 17-21, 2020 in Washington, DC for the once-a-decade Religion Communication Congress 2020.

In addition to the amazing lineup of speakers and workshop leaders in the program schedule, the Associated Church Press is holding two special events for members and friends alike, along with its annual “Best of the Church Press” Awards and Dinner.

On Tuesday evening, March 17, the Associated Church Press is hosting a welcome reception from 5:00-7:00 PM to greet newcomers, get reacquainted with friends and colleagues, and invite others to learn about the ACP. Sponsored by Shanley & Associates, the reception is open to all RCCongress 2020 attendees and precedes the evening’s film screening of “Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story.”

We are thrilled to welcome John Longhurst as the speaker for our Wednesday afternoon session from 1:00-4:00 PM. John will speak on the project he recently spearheaded to increase interfaith religion coverage at the Winnipeg Free Press. The initiative resulted in the publication of 186 articles on faith in the first 10 months of the effort. John is also the president of the Canadian Christian Communicators Association (formerly Canadian Church Press) and author of the book Making the News: An Essential Guide for Effective Media Relations. In addition to an open forum discussion after John’s presentation, the ACP will hold its networking time and business meeting following the program.

The “Best of the Church Press” Awards and Dinner will be held Thursday evening, beginning with a reception at 5:30 PM. 

!!!NEW!!! You can now register a guest for the awards dinner-only by selecting “General Registration” at this link and then clicking the checkbox for “Best of the Church Press Awards Dinner.” The cost is $95 per guest.

Registration is now open and ACP members should select “ACP – Associated Church Press Registration” from the list of options to be included in the Best of the Church Press Awards reception and banquet on Thursday evening, March 19. CLICK HERE to register.

NOTE: The special ACP rate of $425 is valid until February 22, 2020. After that, the price increases to $455.

Additional details – including a special hotel rate at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City – can be found at the RCCongress 2020 website.

Throughout his career in church-related non-profit communications, John has sought to help the Canadian media tell the story of faith better. This includes organizing Canada’s first-ever national conference on faith and the media in 1998. In 2006, he received an award for Distinguished Contribution to Religious Communications from the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada. Since 2003, John has been the freelance faith page columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press.

In addition to being president of the CCCA, John writes for Religion News Service and blogs about the media, marketing and communications at Making the News.