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Religion Communication Congress 2020

In light of the cancellation of Religion Communication Congress 2020 due to coronavirus restrictions, the ACP has scheduled the following livestream events as part of our commitment to professional development and recognition of excellence.

Although the Associated Church Press Board recognizes meeting virtually is not that same as an in-person gathering, they’ve decided to hold iourts scheduled presentation by John Longhurst, the annual member meeting, and the 2019 Best of the Church Press awards presentation via livestream.

The schedule of livestream events includes:
Wednesday, March 18, 1:00-2:30pm ET (Noon Central; 11:00am Mountain; 10:00am Pacific) – John Longhurst presentation on the secular/religious collaboration to increase religion coverage at the Winnipeg Free Press.

Wednesday, March 18, 3:00-4:00pm ET (2:00pm Central; 1:00pm Mountain; Noon Pacific)  – ACP Annual Member Meeting.

Thursday, March 19, 1:00-3:00pm ET (Noon Central; 11:00am Mountain; 10:00am Pacific) – ACP Best of the Church Press Awards presentation.

Click the links above to access these events at the scheduled time! We’ll be joining with other organizations and following up with RCCongress presenters to bring you more webinars in the upcoming weeks.

We are thrilled to welcome John Longhurst as the speaker for our Wednesday, March 18 from 1:00-2:30pm EST Livestream event. John will speak on the project he recently spearheaded to increase interfaith religion coverage at the Winnipeg Free Press. The initiative resulted in the publication of 186 articles on faith in the first 10 months of the effort. John is also the president of the Canadian Christian Communicators Association (formerly Canadian Church Press) and author of the book Making the News: An Essential Guide for Effective Media Relations. In addition to an open forum discussion after John’s presentation, the ACP will hold its networking time and business meeting following the program.

Throughout his career in church-related non-profit communications, John has sought to help the Canadian media tell the story of faith better. This includes organizing Canada’s first-ever national conference on faith and the media in 1998. In 2006, he received an award for Distinguished Contribution to Religious Communications from the Association of Roman Catholic Communicators of Canada. Since 2003, John has been the freelance faith page columnist for the Winnipeg Free Press.

In addition to being president of the CCCA, John writes for Religion News Service and blogs about the media, marketing and communications at Making the News.