“Telling Their Own Stories, Building Their Own Countries”

My most excellent pal and colleague Ali sent this along a few weeks ago (sorry, sorry, this blogger has some time management issues . . . ). But here it is! Check out this groovey website and this groovey article about some of the work that Journalists for Human Rights is up to. It’s a really eye-opening read about what can happen to media outlets during times of conflict and war, and about the necessity of strong media even in peace times. Check it out!

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 tohttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/955786012985884160 .

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.