Parishes, Church of Ireland groups and organisation and dioceses are invited to get their entries in to the 2013 Central Communications Board’s annual Magazine, Website and Social Media Competition.
There are various categories (detailed below) including a category for individuals whose blogging or social networking activity clearly relate to church activity/outreach/witness.
Quality of presentation, 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 Wednesday April 17. Winners will be announced at the General Synod in the Armagh City Hotel, Armagh, which runs from May 9–11.
The Board recognises that parish and diocesan magazines are important for the exchange of news and views across Church communities and printed media continues to play a vital role within the life of the Church of Ireland.
In addition, websites are now firmly established as vehicles which allow the wider community to observe as never before the life of Church of Ireland members, whether in parishes, dioceses or organisations, as well as helping ‘internal communications’ by providing information and increasing interaction.
Beyond this, newer media such as Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, along with blogs and YouTube videos have created a potentially global audience and innovative ways to assist in the Church’s ministry.
The Board says that within the Church of Ireland there are excellent examples of how all these various forms of communication are being used to build Christian community and communicate the Christian faith and states the competition is an opportunity to learn what others are doing, to showcase good work and to join in.
CCB Chairman, the Rt Rev Trevor Williams, said: “The way we live is being changed by the rapid development of new forms of communication. As a Church with a message to communicate, we need members who will commit themselves to the important task of telling our story. If you are involved in Church communications enter this competition.
We all have a lot to learn.”
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 Social Media and Blogs section, two categories:
• Most innovative use of social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc
• Most engaging Blog
Entries are welcome from any committee or group associated with the Church of Ireland.
And entry form can be downloaded here, or obtained from the Church of Ireland Press Office (by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 028 9082 8880). Send entries 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: email@example.com
Social Media, 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, BT1 2QH, Northern Ireland or to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember: the closing date for entries is Wednesday April 17 2013.