Church and Media Conference


If you’re working in journalism, communications, content production or PR and you’re interested in religion and ethics, we would love you to join our conference on the 19th October at the RSA.

This year we’re looking at themes of unity and inclusion, censorship and free speech. You’ll be able to enjoy topical, lively debates, fascinating keynotes and practical, professional breakout sessions.

Speakers already confirmed:

  • Sally Bundock, Business and Financial Journalist, BBC News
  • Giles Fraser, Priest-in-Charge at St Mary’s Newington and Columnist for The Guardian
  • Emma Green, Writer at The Atlantic
  • Paul Kerensa, Comedian and Scriptwriter
  • Kiera Phyo, Head of Youth for Tearfund and Radio 2 Pause for Thought contributor
  • Ruth Awogbade, Founder & Editor of Magnify magazine

As well as fascinating keynotes, Q&As and interviews, sessions and topics will include:

  • Millennials and Media Consumption
  • How to: Write and Pitch a Great Op-Ed
  • When is Censorship Justified?
  • Going it Alone: A Beginners Guide to Freelancing
  • Social Broadcasting: How to and Why
  • How to: Take Better Photos With Your Phone

Speakers for 2017 so far…

Some of the finest industry speakers at our recent conference included:

Giles Fraser

Giles Fraser is a Church of England priest, a journalist and a broadcaster. He is currently the parish priest at St Mary’s, Newington in South London and writes a weekly Saturday column for The Guardian, as well as appearing frequently on BBC Radio 4. He is a regular contributor on Thought for the Day and a panellist on The Moral Maze.

Sally Bundock

Sally has been a financial journalist for 20 years, and joined the business team at the BBC in 2002. Sally has also recently launched Business Live which airs every week day at 0830 on BBC News Channel and BBC World News. Sally has also worked extensively in radio including BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 2. In 2014 Sally was named as one of the UK’s 50 most powerful part-timers on the third annual Power Part Time List compiled by both Timewise and the Financial Times.

Ruth Awogbade

Ruth Awogbade – founder and editor of Magnify magazine – is a British Nigerian communications specialist. After studying politics at Durham University, she worked for L’Oreal and Burberry and has produced a range of online and print magazines for other clients. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Marie Claire and the Mail On Sunday and due to a recognition of her work as an influential young woman redefining religion for her generation.

Ruth also currently serves as the youngest Board Member of the Evangelical Alliance.

Kiera at the Pursuit
Kiera Phyo
Kiera Phyo is a communicator, broadcaster and speaker – regularly on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought with Dermont O’Leary and Vanessa Feltz. Kiera leads Tearfund’s work with young people and Millennials; making sense of how our everyday actions are connected to people living in poverty. She is a trustee of The Cinnamon Network and Fusion, and holds a Masters in Theology.
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Emma Green

Emma Green is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers a variety of topics related to faith, religion, and culture, such as how childhood influences church attendance, how religious communities perceive climate change, and marriage equality. Many of Green’s undergraduate studies focused on religion in public life, which she now feels helped to prepare her for her current role.

Paul Kerensa

Paul Kerensa is an English comedy writer and stand-up comedian. As well as writing for many Radio 4 comedy shows, he wrote, and briefly appeared in, the television series Miranda. He was a co-writer on the television series Not Going Out.

He appeared regularly on the segment “Pause for Thought”, during The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2. Kerensa was writer on the 2015 series of TFI Friday.

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