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Church and Media Conference – Update

Media Futures
Have you booked yet for the Church and Media Conference on 13th and 14th June? If not, there are so many reasons why you should be there.

Dynamic and relevant content
Face up to the future with challenging input from industry experts, programme-makers and faith leaders. Key contributors include Tim Suter on Who Owns the Media (and why does it matter?), Simon Broad on new forms of media, and BBC1 Controller Danny Cohen. There will be a major debate on whether the internet should be regulated, and sessions on the rise of gaming and the opportunities and risks of social networking.

Exclusive previews
We’re delighted to be bringing to the conference an exclusive preview of the feature film There Be Dragons. The film is the first new work for many years from Roland Joffe, the director of The Mission and The Killing Fields. There Be Dragons is a fresh and challenging movie set against the background of the Spanish Civil War.

To go straight to the discounted booking site click here.

Entertainment and refreshment
Enjoy top flight entertainment, make new contacts, meet old friends, relax in the bar or take part in the optional worship programme.

A generous discount
There’s a generous discount of £50 for the first 120 people to book a full pass. But hurry… they’re going fast.

To go straight to the discounted booking site click here.

There’s no other annual gathering like the Church and Media Conference. I hope you will be there.

The conference is organised by the Church and Media Network and sponsored by Bible Society.

theMediaNet is a network of Christians and others who work in media. In the past 18 months it has grown to well over 600 members. To join the network simply visitwww.themedianet.orgLiz Hunter, who has been theMediaNet Development Worker for the past 18 months has been recruited to Direct the Bible Society’s Public Theology Think Tank Theos. We wish her well in her new role.

Meanwhile we are asking Christians who work in media to consider supporting theMediaNet financially to enable us to appoint a new Development Worker and take the network to its next stage. If you feel able to support theMediaNeXt appeal please send an email to Dorothy Mason.

Jerusalem Awards

The annual Jerusalem Awards honour programmes that seek to increase the understanding of Christianity via the broadcast. Programmes are not required to be “religious” but must promote Christian beliefs. Programmes must be transmitted either by radio or on the internet.

All the details of the awards are at Application forms (together with copies of the broadcasts) must be received by 5.00pm on Friday 6th May.

The categories for 2011 are listed on our website. Particularly relevant at present are Good Friday and Easter. There are also categories for programmes from Christmas as well as categories for Christian broadcasting throughout the year.

Devotion by Design
The National Gallery Summer exhibition is ‘Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500.’ It opens 6 July and runs until 2 October.

The exhibition will explore the design, function and development of early Renaissance Italian altarpieces. Showcasing beautiful pieces, the exhibition will set the scene for exploring the context of worship, and the monumental architecture that surrounded the altarpieces. Admission is free. Visit more details.

Best wiishes
Andrew Graystone
Director, Church and Media Network

Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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