St John's College, Durham (Monday 20th - Friday 24th June 2011)
MediaLit offers an opportunity for first class training and resources in media for ministry for those engaged in formal pre-ordination training, those already engaged in local or national ministry and anyone concerned to connect Christian faith with communication in a digital age. We will explore communications media, an overview of the workings of the media - both broadcast media and the press, as well as offer some key skills training in how to create material for the media and how to handle various media opportunities. We will be reflecting theologically on the media's interaction with society and public values and encouraging you to think critically about how you and your congregations consume the media's products - and what products we might produce ourselves to assist and engage with the media. Visit the CODEC website here
The course will be taught through an intensive mixture of lectures, practicals and socials running over five days. The day will start with prayers in the morning and include an evening social activity, as well as time for relaxation in the bar. This means that the week is intense, but we hope that the mixture of lectures, practicals and socials will lead to an excellent and relaxed learning environment.
- Lectures will normally be held in the Leech Hall at St John's College.
- Prayers will be held in the College Chapel.
- Meals and breaks will be taken in the Bowes Dining Room.
- Practicals will be held in appropriate venues.
Since the course begins early on Monday morning, those travelling any distance may need to find accommodation for Sunday night to ensure they get the most from the course.
Course members will be asked to showcase or produce a number of projects through the week at least one of which will need to be completed prior to the course:
- Media Showcase - course members are to bring with them a piece of media interaction which they will showcase and explain to the rest of the group on Wednesday afternoon. The showcase can be aural, visual, video or print.
- Mediawatch/NoomaNight - each evening during the teaching block course members will watch/listen to a media presentation followed by a group discussion/critique of the methods of communication used and the effectiveness of the presentation.
- Being Interviewed - involves a small number of course members being interviewed in a goldfish bowl environment.
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