Category Archives: Media

Be nice if the CofE could do some proper brand advertising

It concerns me that the Church of England for whom I work sometimes equates the transfer of text based information with communication. A word written or read out loud is not the same as a word received. The written or spoken word in a religious context is often a kind of legal transaction which establishes… Read More »

Three things the church can learn from advertising

I’m writing up a few thoughts on what church communications could learn from advertisers. It’s dangerous territory, of course, because the church and advertising has always been a little controversial. But here are three things. 1. People make decision based more on how they feel than what they think. Pretty much most advertising appeals in… Read More »

Keeping perspective on social media. Oblong, All Saints and the CofE

I have been working with Oblong Leeds, a community development charity for some years now and we are at last getting round to re-working the organisation’s website. I’m also helping to develop the on-line presence of All Saints church in Ilkley and am part of a forum to discuss the on-line activities of the new… Read More »

What’s media got to do with the real world?

My part time role Oblong Leeds is to develop media activities at the Woodhouse Community Centre, but being a community centre every day there are many dramas. A community centre is just that – at the centre of a community where people live. Having a home and belonging to a community are fundamental needs. Woodhouse… Read More »

Sorry, I shouldn’t have said that.

This is a reflection on how we communicate using social and other media. I have said some things I have regretted on social media in the past, but I’m learning slowly. Vigorous debate on-line is a wonderful thing and to be encouraged. It would be a shame if the mistakes we occasionally make can’t be accommodated by those taking part. Respect… Read More »