Media School- Week 4: Being a Media Spokesman: Issuing Statements and Handling Press Enquiries

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 18:45 in Courses
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Where: Dialogue Society, London
Time: 6:45pm
With: Revd John Carter MA, Press Officer for The Church Of England

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Abstract

Participants will learn about journalists' perspectives, agendas and language. There will be advice and discussion on tools for success as a media spokesman, and participants will be able to practice through role play with constructive feedback.

Biography

John Carter is a press officer for the Church of England, and for the past eleven years has been Director of Press and Communications for the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds. He has lectured on issues of faith and media at Durham University, the Gregorian University, Rome, St John's College Nottingham, Leeds Trinity and Mirfield Colleges - and continues to advise churches and faith groups including the Dialogue Society. His career began in BBC radio where he became a journalist, producer and presenter of regional news and current affairs programmes, reporting on events such as the Toxteth Riots and the Miners' Strikes during the 1980's. He later trained for ordained ministry in the Church of England, and subsequently gained an MA with research into faith and media issues. John continued to broadcast while serving as a parish priest for ten years, before taking up his present role. In May 2008 he joined with the Dialogue Society to organise a visit to Turkey by a group of journalists from the BBC, Guardian, Channel 4, together with Roman Catholic and Sikh newspapers. He has lectured at the Dialogue Society on the subject of faith and media.

MEDIA SCHOOL AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

Today's world, with its many forms of media, presents a huge range of opportunities for individuals and organisations to convey their message to the public. It also presents significant challenges. Among these are the possibility of misleading media coverage and the need to express an organisation's aims and projects in the succinct and memorable forms demanded by the fast pace of the media world.

As a result, small to medium sized organisations and others looking to engage with the media often face the following questions:

  • How can I get my message across?
  • What practical steps can I take to ensure that I am not misunderstood or misrepresented?
  • Why do the media always focus on bad news?
  • Do I have any rights over the media?
  • How do I write an effective press release, or create a successful blog?
  • How do I prepare for a media interview?
  • How can I use the media to raise the profile of my organisation?

The Dialogue Society's proposed Media School aims to empower young people and representatives of small and medium sized charities and community groups to:

  • Understand how media works, exploring its relationship with society and politics and how it engages with charities and community groups.
  • Explain the key aims and the work of their organisation clearly and succinctly.
  • Deal effectively with media attention.
  • Raise the profile of their organisation by successful engagement with journalists.
  • Communicate appropriately and effectively in a range of media, from press releases to live interviews to blogs.
  • Employ internet communication, including social media, to propagate their message and raise their profile.

Who's it for?

  • Small to medium organisations (charities and community groups)
  • Young people
  • Community leaders
  • Religious leaders
  • Public Relations Officers
  • Students and others interested in practical media engagement

The Topics

1. Understanding the media in society
18/11/2010
With Maria Way, Senior Lecturer in Media Theory, University of Westminster

2. The Media and Religion
25/11/2010
With Maria Way, Senior Lecturer in Media Theory, University of Westminster

3. Citizen Journalism
12/01/2010
With Jonathan Fryer, Writer, Broadcaster, Lecturer and Politician

4. Being a Media Spokesman: Issuing Statements and Handling Press Enquiries
19/01/2011
With Revd John Carter MA, Press Officer for the Church of England

5. A journalist’s Perspective
26/01/2011
With Nigel Dudley, Economics and Politics Journalist and Editor of Quantum

6. Writing Press Releases
02/02/2010
With Neil Barnett, Previously a Journalist with the Telegraph and the Spectator

7. Broadcast Interview Skills
16/02/2011
With Julia Rooke, Freelance Radio and TV Journalist

8. Understanding and Using new Media
23/02/2011
With Will Straw, Editor, Left Foot Forward

9. Attracting Media Coverage
09/03/2011
With Mayah Riaz, Director of Mayah Consultancy

10. Crisis and Reputation Management
13/04/2011
With Anna Averkiou, Media Consultant

11. Social Media Engagement
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Havva Murat, Media and Communications Director, Dialogue Society

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