New York Chapter
Election of officers for 2015-16
President — Linda Bloom
Vice President, Programs — Mary Dickey
Vice President, Membership — Christie House
Communications/Social Media coordinator — Teri Tynes
Treasurer — Shirley Struchen
Meeting dates for 2015-16
Third Tuesday of the month, except for September: Sept. 22, Oct. 20, Nov. 17, 2016 Jan. 19, Feb. 16, March 15, April 21, May 19
RCC 2016 Convention in New York — Thursday, March 31-Saturday, April 2
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NYC Chapter focuses on ‘Building a Better Blog’
By Linda Bloom, NYC chapter president
To be a successful blogger, you have to tweak the writing process to improve interaction with an online readership, a panel of communicators told the New York Chapter of Religion Communicators Council.
“As writers, we like figures of speech, but search engines don’t like figures of speech, they like direct speech,” explained David Tereshchuk, a journalist and contributing correspondent for PBS' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
Objectivity is not a requirement. The Rev. Jennifer Crumpton, who writes a blog directed at women of faith called femmevangelical, said that offering a strong point of view helps attracts followers. “I also find that the more political I get, the more my readership grows,” she added.
May meeting: Allen W. Palmer on “Media and Religion: People of the Book”
Christians, Jews and Muslims all share common religious roots. The New York Chapter of Religion Communicators Council met with Allen W. Palmer in May to explore those roots with his multimedia presentation, “Media and Religion: People of the Book.”
A university professor for more than 35 years, Palmer’s academic work has focused on international communication, mass media and society, and the cultural history of communication. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Palmer was the Cardin Chair of Judeo-Christian Studies at Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland; Director of International Media Studies in the Communications Department, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah; Division Head for the International Association of Media & Communication Research; visiting Fulbright professor in Kyrgyz Republic and Namibia and visiting professor in Benin, Mauritius and the Philippines. He is an advisory board member for numerous journals and academic publishers.
Panel reveals its Twitter tips to New York Chapter
By Linda Bloom, NYC Chapter President
When the Presbyterian Church USA recently voted in favor of expanding the denomination’s definition of marriage, Jaweed Kaleem, The Huffington Post's senior religion reporter, was able to track exactly when the deciding votes were cast because he was monitoring a specific hashtag on Twitter.
It would be impossible for Kaleem to read everything in his Twitter feed – he follows nearly 3,000 accounts – but he keeps Twitter on “in the background” during the work day and checks his feed on his phone periodically. He keeps locked lists on Twitter, which only he can access, on people or topics to check for story development.
An information-gathering tool, a platform for action, a branding opportunity, a gossip meter – Twitter is a social media phenomenon that can be many things to many people. But how to best use it?
Making LinkedIn work for you
By Linda Bloom, New York Chapter President
Kevin S. Ryan (www.ksryangroup.com), a former journalist for the New York Times and Newsday and expert on social marketing for business, offered some helpful tips to the New York Chapter of Religion Communicators Council Nov. 5.
More than 20 participants brought laptops, tablets and smartphones to the workshop setting at the Church World Service conference room in the Interchurch Center.
Ryan offered practical advice on how to craft a LinkedIn profile which, he said, should read like a conversation rather than a résumé.
"Give the Internet a Soul," meeting with Elizabeth Scalia, managing editor of Patheos.com
Our lunch meeting on Tuesday, April 15, featured a stimulating discussion with Elizabeth Scalia, a managing editor of Patheos.com, an online portal that promotes dialogue and offers "credible and balanced information about religion" to faith communities, academics and the broader public.
The group gathered at Opus Dei on East 34th.
Ms. Scalia talked about her Catholicism as a "terrible beauty of a life." And that Patheos features Catholic bloggers with many perspectives.
She discussed her book, "Strange Gods: Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life" The blogger of the Anchoress critiqued the "gods" of the internet and social media as shrines to one's self and an "echo chamber."
Despite the internet's "evil," Ms. Scalia found comfort in Pope Benedict's dictate to "give the internet a soul."
Getting the story out is key element of faith-based disaster response
By Linda Bloom, NYC Chapter president
Can faith-based organizations fundraise for disaster response without sensationalizing or stereotyping?
Is it possible to explain the complexities of a disaster to donors?
Does the public realize the depth of experience that faith groups have in long-term recovery?
Those were some of the issues raised during a March 19 program on "Communicating in Times of Disaster," hosted by the RCC New York Chapter at the Interchurch Center, popularly known as "475" for its address on Riverside Drive in Manhattan.
"Begin at the ground up" to reach young people says Father Dave Dwyer to New York chapter
Father Dave Dwyer, CSP, of Busted Halo, delivered a thought-provoking presentation at the February New York Chapter meeting on how religious groups can best reach young people.
He talked about the vast differences between generations. Whereas in our grandparents' and parents' days, people were religious and not spiritual, today, the opposite is true.
People are less loyal to religious organizations. Father Dave said, "It works the other way too, organizations are less loyal to individuals."
NY chapter learns about Religion News Service
Religion News Service is a news agency reporting on religion, ethics, spirituality and moral issues. Before joining RNS, Bailey was managing editor for Odyssey Networks, covering religion through multimedia. She previously spent four years as online editor for Christianity Today. Her articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN and the Chicago Sun-Times, and have won awards from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.
Our lunch meeting took place at the Mormon Temple Building, third floor, 125 Columbus Avenue (and 65th Street).
John P. Blessington and Liz Kineke
Executive Producer John P. Blessington and Producer Liz Kineke, of CBS Television's Religion and Culture Series, spoke at the RCC NYC Chapter meeting in April 2011.
Arnold Labaton of Religion and Ethics spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in March 2011.
Rosanna Scotto, co-anchor of WNYW's Good Day New York, spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in January 2011. Learn more about Rosanna Scotto at Wikipedia.
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Tom Ehrich spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in January 2010. He discusses how religious organizations can use social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter), blogs, e-mail, and new marketing tools.
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Deacon Greg Kandra
Deacon Greg Kandra of New Evangelization Television spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in September, 2010.
Paul Raushenbush of The Huffington Post spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in April 2010.
Joshua M. Greene and Shiva Kumar
Joshua M. Greene and Shiva Kumar spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in March 2010 about using video for effective communication.
Joshua M. Greene is an Emmy-Award nominated filmmaker and author of several bestselling books on faith and religion.
Shiva Kumar, an awardwinning media producer and director, has worked in commercial and corporate filmmaking for over 20 years.
Shiva offers tips on how to incorporate video to deliver your message.
Terry Mattingly spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in February 2010.
Terry directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and writes a weekly column for the Scripps Howard News Service. He also leads the GetReligion.org website that critiques the mainstream media's coverage of religion news.
Ansley Roan of Beliefnet spoke at the RCC NYC chapter meeting in January 2010.