Communications Director receives award; named Vice-President

October 30, 2014

Dr. Arthur McClanahan, Iowa Conference’s Director of Communications, received two awards for the audio archive on the Conference website at the recent meeting of the United Methodist Association of Communicators (UMAC).  The October 2014 gathering, held in Savannah, Georgia, brought together nearly 100 communicators from across the denomination.

“Excellent production quality and use of audio for communications and information,” the judges noted about the interviews, podcasts, and recorded presentations.  The evaluation of content – “to what extent does the entry contain informational, entertaining or motivational material,” and execution – “to what extent do the production techniques used enhance the entry’s purpose” both garnered a rating of 10 on a 10-point-scale.  Purpose – “how well did this entry fulfill its purpose” and audience – “to what extent was the intended audience reached” both received a 9 point rating on the 10-scale.  In summary, the judges said of the audio archive, “very well done and executed.”

Dr. McClanahan received the Award of Excellence for the audio production category as well as a first-place award for the audio archive of the Iowa Conference.

In a separate action, Dr. McClanahan was elected to be UMAC Vice-president.  His particular focus, with a representative team, will be receiving input from association members and related organizations about a preferred vision and future direction for UMAC.