Sexist Media Awards

There’s a great project from The Women’s Media Center and She Should Run called “Name It. Change It“, which seeks to  “work to end sexist and misogynistic coverage of women candidates by all members of the press—from bloggers to radio hosts to television pundits.”

Just a few days ago the announced the awards for the Most Sexist Media Coverage of Women Candidates and Politicians in the 2012 Election (USA). Their press release notes, “With these awards, we hope the media will wake up and smell the sexism that all too often affects political coverage of women candidates and politicians,” said Julie Burton, President of the Women’s Media Center. “Sexism doesn’t have a place in coverage of women candidates and public officials.”

Read the whole story here and find out who “won”. 


Social Campaign Fights Hunger – Webinar, Nov 29

Join World Association for Christian Communication North America for a webinar on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 from 11am to noon Eastern time.

Tiffany French and Jessie Palatucci from the United Church of Christ will lead a webinar overviewing the actions, learnings and successes of the UCC’s MISSION:1 Campaign from 2011.  MISSION:1 was an 11-day church-wide campaign, run via social and digital media channels, that fought hunger and hunger-related social justice issues through advocacy, fund raising and community service.
Tiffany J. French is the Social Media and Marketing Associate for the National Office of the United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio. She oversees the daily implementation of all the UCC’s social media platforms, as well as marketing and communication campaigns. Tiffany is a graduate of Malone University in Canton, Ohio and is in the final stages of her Master of Communication degree from Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Tiffany will argue her graduate thesis later this fall.

Jessie Palatucci is the Online Communications Specialist for Justice and Witness Ministries, the justice and advocacy arm of the United Church of Christ. Working out of the UCC Washington Office, Jessie communicates with a network of faith advocates to facilitate social justice advocacy based on the policies of the UCC General Synod. She communicates via social media and manages web content on a number of topics from poverty, to racism, to the elections. Jessie previously served the UCC as an advocate for domestic poverty policy. She is a graduate of the Journalism and Mass Communications Program at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication at Johns Hopkins University.

To register for the webinar please go to .

There is no charge to attend this seminar but registration is required, as spaces are limited.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Virtually There

It’s no secret that Canada’s a big country. It’s easy to forget this in the cramped urban spaces along our southern border, but for the most part sprawling is a most apt description of our geography. Sprawling and rural and a lot of times cold and wintery. These create serious challenges to ministry, especially with the decline of many mainstream churches.

A few United Churches in northern Ontario have leveraged technology against these challenges and are now bringing multiple locations together virtually for an interactive worship experience. Read the whole CBC article here.

What do you think of this kind of digital togetherness? What impact will this have on our ideas about community and even something like the eucharist? What does communion mean in a digital space? Very interesting . . .

Fragmented, But Wholesome – Iceland’s Church and Society Dialogues Via Social Media

Join the World Association for Christian Communication (North America) for this exciting webinar!

Iceland is amazing for a lot of reasons. One of which is for producing he Rev. Árni Svanur Daníelsson, Director of Communications for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Iceland (ELCI). Árni is very savvy social media user who has put his interest in these platforms to good use in service of ministry in Iceland. He’ll be joining WACC North America for a webinar on Tuesday, October 30th for a conversation about the intersection of church life and social media.

Anyone with an internet connection can join us for this excellent webinar. Click here to find out more and save your spot! You must pre-register for this online event.

Do you live courage?

Full Disclosure: This blogger earns her keep working at KAIROS.


Women of Courage Tour 2012

I just had to break my summer blogging hiatus for this one. I’m busy tap tapping away working on media support for a series of work events and it occurs to me that this is just the sort of thing my Communications colleagues might find interesting. With our work on the Global Media Monitoring Project and communications rights, it strikes me that we should really celebrate when things come together in these precious moments where people get to tell their own stories on their own terms. The KAIROS series of Women of Courage tours are just that. My colleagues connect with and support global partners on Canada-wide tours where women of courage can bring to life for their audiences all the things that make our world so tough and so remarkable. On this iteration, they’ll be going to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and finally to Saskatchewan to speak about their experiences of gender violence, conflict, militarization and colonization, as well as their roles in building peace in their communities and beyond.

Check out the KAIROS website to meet Claudia and Lucy and see if you can join us for one of their local events!

See you in September!

Last weekend I kicked of the summer freckle collection with a really nice day biking in the Niagara region of Ontario. I was totally blown away at the big, largely empty bike paths, the water-fuelled breezes, and how much I felt free from my incurable urban claustrophobia. With a few big commitments coming up, and the always eerie silence of church-land in Canada in July & August, I think this might be a good time to hit pause on this blog. I’ll still post if something big comes up for WACC, but if not, we shall resume the digital life just after Labour Day.

Peace for a joy filled and restorative summer,

Build A Radio Station For Peace In Sierra Leone

WACC Global has launched a 30-day giving campaign to support Radio Shalom in Sierra Leone. Take a few minutes to learn about these wonderful people and their wonderful peace-building project. You can give a little or a lot right here.


The radio station wants to broadcast programs promoting peace and reconciliation. Programs will promote care for street children and orphans, campaign for youth employment, and provide information to adults about democratic processes.It will focus especially on encouraging youth to become peace ambassadors in schools and communities.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Sierra Leone in West Africa is still recovering from a civil war in which the country was devastated, much of its infrastructure destroyed, and some 50,000 lives lost.In a context of deep trauma and distrust, the Council of Churches of Sierras Leone, through its radio station, works to unite the country and to promote peaceful resolution of conflict and good citizenship through awareness-building, problem-solving and interfaith dialogue.

How will this project solve this problem?

Radio Shalom will focus in particular on social issues affecting families and communities, with special programmes highlighting the need to improve the lives of children and young people especially the most vulnerable. Radio Shalom will reach people of all ages and religious beliefs in a series of programs aimed at coming to terms with the country’s traumatic past and working together for solutions to its many problems.

Potential Long Term Impact

Sierra Leone has experienced substantial economic growth in recent years, although poverty and unemployment remain major challenges. Everyone in Sierra Leone wants to avoid a repetition of the conflicts that led to civil war. Radio Shalom can play a key role in building peace from the grassroots up and in helping transform the country.

Project Message

“Communicating a culture of peace is crucial to rebuilding the nation, to fostering resilience and to the process of reconciliation.”
– Mrs. Ebun James-DeKam, General Secretary Council of Churches Sierra Leone