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theMediaNet Academy

theMediaNet Academy is a 3-day training course in which industry professionals will work intensively with aspiring producers to give them a grounding in TV, radio and on-line production. They will work on the production of an on-line soap opera Joel Bloggs – a story about a young journalist facing a crisis of conscience. The story will be launched by the group using video, audio and the web.

Christians aged 18-35 are invited to apply for places at the academy. Training and accommodation are all provided free of charge thanks to generous support from Leicester Diocese and the Christian Evidence Society. Trainees will only be asked to cover the costs of travel and a £30 admin fee on registration. To find out more or download an application form, visit the academy website or call 0845 6520027.

theMediaNet Academy takes place in parallel with the Churches’ Media Conference at Swanwick, Derbyshire from 9 – 11 June 2008. The conference, which is sponsored by Bible Society, will focus on values in the digital environment. Industry experts including BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones will engage with theologians and church leaders.

The training academy has a strong record of helping media entrants. Previous graduates include Mark Browning (now Programme Director of Heart 106.2) and Christopher Landau (reporter for BBC Radio News).

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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