Church and Media Conference

Thursday 19th October 2017

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 for 2017 so far…

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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.

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.

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.

James Poulter

James is a Senior Social Media Manager at The LEGO Group. leading social media for LEGO Life, a new children’s digital initiative. James works as part of the Global Social Media practice at LEGO as a senior strategist and creative technology consultant. Outside of work, James consults with technology start ups, emerging online businesses and communities to help them develop strategic innovations and business models.

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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.
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.

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Christopher Landau

Christopher Landau is a priest, writer and broadcaster based in Oxford where he works part-time at St Aldate’s church, as chaplain to postgraduate students. Before ordination he was a BBC journalist, working as a TV News producer, Radio 4 reporter and latterly as World Service religious affairs correspondent. He has a doctorate titled ‘A theology of disagreement’, and is a founding trustee of the Religion Media Centre.



Registration and Refreshments


Opening prayer and welcome by comedian Paul Kerensa


Lost & Found

BBC business reporter and financial journalist Sally Bundock explores the effect of the media industry on faith, and interviews two people –
one who found their faith while working in media, and one who lost theirs.



How To Brief a Journalist on Theology
More info coming soon

How To Deal With and Deal Out Rejection
More info coming soon


Tea and Coffee Break



Stepping out in Faith: the Christian’s Guide to Freelancing.
Former PR Week editor Kate Nicholas shares her experiences of moving from employment to freelancing
as well as her tips and tricks for those just starting on the journey.

How To Take Better Photos with Your Phone:
International documentary photographer Katie Garner runs a fascinating taster workshop aimed at people who often
have to take quality photos on the go, or even just delegates who want to take better holiday snaps…


Lunch and Networking


When is censorship OK?
With Hussein Kesvani (Theos, formerly Buzzfeed) and others


Breakout Sessions – Choice of Two

How To Write an Op-Ed

Journalist, broadcaster and priest Giles Fraser shares his tips for
writing and pitching a winning opinion piece.

The How To (and why) of Social Broadcasting

Communications expert and social media manager for LEGO James Poulter leads an interactive session on
Snapchat, Instagram Stories and Facebook Live – how to broadcast and, more importantly, why you should.


Tea and Coffee Break


“This Isn’t What I Thought I’d Be Doing!”

A fireside chat with Tim Plyming, Chris Landau and more about the unpredictable nature
of the media industry and how careers evolve to take you where you never thought you’d end up.


Millennials + Media

A discussion with Emma Green from the The Atlantic and
Ruth Awogbade of Magnify magazine  chaired by Kiera Phyo, Radio 2 Pause for Thought –
on millennial media consumption and the evolution of broadcast and print media for the younger generations.


Wrap up and head to the pub for networking and drinks!

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