Church and Media Conference

If you’re working in journalism, communications, content production or PR and you’re interested in religion and ethics, our annual Church and Media Conference each Autumn is for you.

We recently hosted our 2017 conference at the RSA in London, where we looked at themes of unity and inclusion, censorship and free speech. Delegates enjoyed topical, lively debates, fascinating keynotes and practical, professional breakout sessions. Read our reflections of our most recent conference here!

Just some of the fantastic speakers we heard from this year

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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.

Katie Garner

Katie Garner is a photographer, writer and immigration advocate living in London. Educated in law, Katie almost seamlessly transitioned from barista to legal barrister, with a brief stop-off working at a microbrewery and a political think tank along the way.  She then realised she could ask more questions minus the wig and now travels around the world documenting people and life in all its messy fullness.  Katie prides herself on her dry wit, BBC accent, and can usually be found surgically attached to a cup of coffee.

Hussein Kesvani

Hussein Kesvani is a journalist, producer and writer, currently working as a social media & communications strategist for Theos think tank. Previously, he was a staff reporter at BuzzFeed UK, covering issues of race and religion in Britain. He’s currently working on his first book on how the internet has shaped religious identity in Britain, published by Hurst in 2018.

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Ruth Gledhill

Ruth Gledhill is a contributing editor for Christian Today. She is passionate about faith and its power and potential in the world today. Her journalistic career began with indentures on The Birmingham Post and Mail. From there she went to the Daily Mail and then in 1987 to The Times, where she began specialising in religion from 1989. She contributes regularly to Sky and BBC television and to radio as a commentator on religious affairs.

Justin Brierley

Justin is the editor of Premier Christianity magazine and the presenter of Premier Christian Radio’s flagship apologetics debate show and podcast Unbelievable? He is also the author of the book Unbelievable? Why, after ten years of talking with atheists, I’m still a Christian

Tobi Olujinmi

Tobi Olujinmi is the founder of the WTALK, a Multiplatform Entertainment & Faith Network which empowers Women to explore Faith via Entertainment. W360 is the membership streaming service of WTALK set to redefine Faith within global entertainment. She is a powerful communicator and preacher of the Word of God.

Helen Coffey

Helen Coffey is deputy head of travel for The Independent and Evening Standard. She was previously a digital travel reporter at the Express and prior to that online editor for Telegraph Travel’s ski section. She has been a practicing Christian for the past seven years and attends Church on the Corner, a young Anglican church in North London.

David Gyasi

David Gyasi is a British actor and producer, best known for his roles in Cloud Atlas (2012) and Interstellar (2014), as well as the lead role in The CW miniseries Containment.

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Husain Husaini

Husain is the founder of Wire Free Productions, which makes the Georgey Spanswick show, the Jane Garvey and Peter Allen show on Sunday evenings for BBC Radio 5 live. Before Wire Free, Husain spent 20 years at the BBC. He was Head of Programmes and Head of News at the BBC Asian Network. He was a Programme Editor at BBC Radio 5 live and worked for the Today Programme, BBC News 24 and the BBC World Service.

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