General Synod 2013

Printable versionChurch Of Ireland 2013 Communications Competition Now Open: Call For Entries

New Media winners 2012

The Central Communications Board’s annual Magazine, Website and Social Media Competition is now open and invites entries within each category (details below) from Church of Ireland parishes, dioceses and associated organisations as well as individuals whose blogging or social networking activity clearly relate to Church activity/outreach/witness. Quality of presentation, strength of editorial content and outreach potential are once again to be the standards of excellence against which entries will be judged. The closing date is Wednesday 17 April 2013. Winners will be announced at the General Synod in the Armagh City Hotel, Armagh, 9–11 May 2013.

Parish and Diocesan magazines are important for the exchange of news and views across Church communities and printed media continue to play a vital role within the life of the Church of Ireland. In addition, websites are now firmly established as vehicles which allow the wider community to observe as never before, the life of Church of Ireland members, whether in parishes, dioceses or organisations, as well as helping ‘internal communications’ by providing information and increasing interaction. Beyond this, newer media such as Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, along with blogs and YouTube videos have created a potentially global audience and innovative ways to assist in the Church’s ministry. Within the Church of Ireland there are excellent examples of how all these various forms of communication are being used to build Christian community and communicate the Christian faith. This competition is an opportunity to learn what others are doing, to showcase good work and to join in – we look forward to seeing your entry.

CCB Chairman, the Rt Revd Trevor Williams, says: ‘The way we live is being changed by the rapid development of new forms of communication. As a Church with a message to communicate, we need members who will commit themselves to the important task of telling our story. If you are involved in Church communications enter this competition. We all have a lot to learn.’

Magazine winners
In the Magazine section entries are invited in three print media categories:

• Diocesan Magazines
• Parish Magazine/Newsletter
• Church of Ireland affiliated organisation Magazine/Newsletter

In the Website section entries are invited in three categories:

• Diocesan Website
• Parish Website
• Church of Ireland affiliated organisation Website

In the Social Media and Blogs section, two categories:

• Most innovative use of social media e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc
• Most engaging Blog

Entries are welcome from any committee or group associated with the Church of Ireland.

Please obtain an entry form from the Church of Ireland Press Office (by email: press@ireland.anglican.org or phone: from NI 028 9082 8880, from RoI 048 9082 8880 or click here to download) and send entries as follows:

Magazines and newsletters – one recent copy – to Jenny Compston, Press Office, Church of Ireland House, 61–67 Donegall St, Belfast, BT 1 2QH, Northern Ireland.

Websites, please supply an e–mail containing the URL to: press@ireland.anglican.org

Social Media, please send an example or link including a description of the technology, how applied and the objective of the initiative to Jenny Compston, Press Office, Church of Ireland House, 61–67 Donegall St, Belfast, BT 1 2QH, Northern Ireland or to press@ireland.anglican.org.

A full list of last year’s winners is available on www.synod.ireland.anglican.org

Remember: the closing date for entries is Wednesday 17 April 2013.


Church of Ireland
For further information please contact: 
Church of Ireland Press Office
Church of Ireland House
61–67 Donegall Street
Belfast, BT1 2QH
Tel: (028) 9082 8880 (from NI)
Tel: (048) 9082 8880 (from RoI)
Fax (028) 9032 3554
Email: Press Office


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