The annual Church of Ireland competition to reward the best magazines, websites and new technologies is now open for entries.
The competition was launched by the Central Communications Board. Quality of design and layout, strength of editorial content and outreach potential are once again to be the standards of excellence against which entries will be judged.
The closing date is Friday March 20, and winners will be announced at the General Synod in Armagh which runs from May 8-10.
In the Magazine section entries are invited in three print media categories:
• Diocesan Magazines
• Parish Magazine/Newsletter
• Church of Ireland affiliated organisation Magazine/Newsletter
In the Website section entries are invited in three categories:
• Diocesan Website
• Parish Website
• Church of Ireland affiliated organisation Website
In the New Technologies section:
• Most innovative use of New Technologies: to include Interactive Communication Technologies (ICT) or ‘social media’ over and beyond standard websites, eg: blogs, podcasts or social networking or content-sharing websites
Entries are welcome from any committee or group associated with the Church of Ireland.
Central Communications Board Chairman, the Rt Revd Trevor Williams, Bishop of Limerick, said: “We are a community with a message. Communication is central to our life as a Church. Good communication not only provides information, but builds a sense of belonging and encourages involvement.
“We have a message to share with others and the quality of our communication will affect the clarity of that message. Communication is also a skill, and we can all improve. So, join in this competition. It’s a chance to learn from others and commend those who are doing a good job.”
An entry form can be downloaded here or contact the Church of Ireland Press Office – by email: email@example.com or phone: from NI 028 9023 2909, from RoI 048 9023 2909.
Entries should be sent as follows:
Magazines and newsletters – one recent copy – to Jenny Compston, Press Office, Church of Ireland House, 61-67 Donegall St, Belfast, BT 1 2QH, Northern Ireland.
Websites, please supply an e-mail containing the URL to: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Technologies, please send an example or link including a description of the technology, how applied and the objective of the initiative to Jenny Compston, Press Office, Church of Ireland House, 61-67 Donegall St, Belfast, BT 1 2QH, Northern Ireland or to email@example.com.