RCC 2016 workshops: Tools you can use

RCC 2016 workshops: Tools you can use

RCC convention March 31-April 2 in New York, Faith-based Communications: Bridges, Avenues, and IntersectionsFor religious communicators, sharpening the tools in your toolbox means engaging with the latest research on the intersection of religion and society as well as honing practical skills.

Workshop leaders at the 2016 Religious Communicators Council (RCC) convention March 31-April 2 in New York, Faith-based Communications: Bridges, Avenues, and Intersections, will offer the opportunity to do both.

Brian J. Grim, president of the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation, connects religion with the business world and has become a leading expert on the socio-economic impact of restrictions on religious freedom.

And how to relate to those religious “nones” that pollsters and research organizations have been tracking? Tom Beaudoin, associate professor of religion at New York’s Fordham University, will share his insights into this growing segment of the American religious and cultural landscape.

For those who know how to tweet and have plenty of Facebook friends but want to employ social media in a more targeted way, Ryan Koch will discuss social media management, metrics and strategy. A panel of bloggers, led by Mat Tombers, will show convention participants how to build an audience for your “better blog.” Doug Cannon will lead a hands-on workshop emphasizing storytelling as a tool for effective writing and strategic communication. And Bud Heckman will offer tips on how to raise funds.

Interested in how to report on equality and human rights? Glory Dharmaraj probably knows more about how women are portrayed – and participate – in the media than just about anyone else. She will share the results of the fifth and largest study of the Global Media Monitoring Project.

Representatives of UNICEF, the World Council of Churches and the United Methodist Church’s Global Health program also will talk about women – how groups are collaborating to promote the health, safety, and well-being of both women and children and how to cover this story.

Register now! Today (Feb. 29) is the last day for the RCC special rate room block at the Hampton Inn United Nations. However, new registrants can check with the Hampton or the other two hotels with RCC room blocks – the Manhattan at Times Square and the Newton Hotel – for their best available rates or book another hotel of their choosing. See the convention page on the RCC web site for further information on registration, schedule, speakers and hotel contacts.

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