Building relationships is key in communication leadership

By Lisa Webb

Lanette Hart (photo by Andy and Malinda Rawls)

During the second day of the 2018 Religion Communicators Council Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Lanette Hart, APR, CPRC, founder and principal consultant of Hart & Associates in Jacksonville, Florida, presented the workshop “Leadership Communication in Changing Times.” This session combined practical advice on developing communication strategies and leadership skills and offered insights on preparing for change and embracing the challenge of helping others to understand the nature of change when it arises.

Speaking to a room of communicators from a variety of organizations, including faith communities, schools and publications, Hart drew on her experience as a public relations professional as she discussed the role of relationship building in managing change and inspiring others to deal with change in a positive way.


Enhancing your story with digital media

by Joey Butler

John Blake (photo by George Conklin)

John Blake, who writes about race and religion for CNN, is an old-school print journalist who “remembers what it’s like to cover a boring city council meeting.”

In his workshop, Blake identified three major changes that transitioning to digital media has brought to his role as a journalist.

First is all the “bells and whistles” he now has at his disposal. Instead of the traditional treatment of a print story with a photo or two, Blake can tell his story with video, sound bytes and links to supplemental material. While he considers himself lucky to work for a large organization where each of those elements might be overseen by a different staffer, Blake cautioned those in a “one-man band” situation not to focus too much on the tech toys at the expense of the story.


To work more smartly in social media, realize it’s not all about you

By Mat McDermott

Kurt Gwartney demonstrates social media tools (photo by George Conklin)

As religious communicators we naturally want to appeal to the best in humanity, Kurt Gwartney, Senior Director of Seminary Relations for Phillips Theological Seminary, told RCC conference attendees during Friday’s “Tools for Working Smarter on Social Media” panel. But, Kurt continued, this instinct is sometime at odds with the fact that not only are the social media tools we all use both physically addictive, they are primarily designed to make money for their makers. So, how can we best use these tools for good and not just play into the next dopamine hit we get by pressing ‘like’? 

It’s a lofty question and one that served mostly as a segue into the more prosaic discussion of what are the best social media management tools on the market today, how do they compare, and how are they best used.


Reach your audience with these six steps

By Terri Lackey

Erin Fitzgerald (photo by George Conklin)

Reaching an audience with your organization’s advocacy message requires six communications steps, said two Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) communications professionals.

Erin Fitzgerald, digital director at SPLC in Montgomery, Alabama, and Seth Levi, director of marketing, led the workshop “Integrated Communication for Advocacy” at the Religion Communicators Council conference in Atlanta, April 5-7. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of the society.


From theory to practice: Teaching, learning, and communicating in interfaith studies

By Casey Tom

Student panel from left to right: Cale Hall, Tala AlRaheb, Brittani Magee, Kemal Budak (photo by George Conklin)

Students from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology joined the Rev. Dr. Deanna Womack, Assistant Professor of History of Religion and Multifaith Religions at Candler, to discuss experiences and the importance of interfaith engagement and communication. The student panel consisted of Kemal Budak, a PhD student in Sociology of Religion; Brittani Magee, a third-year Master of Divinity student; Tala AlRaheb, a Master of Theological Studies student; and Cale Hall, a Master of Theological Studies student.

The panel discussed what they have learned through academic studies, and how the practice of interfaith engagement has enhanced their learning. Magee shared that through academics came an understanding of belief and faith functions in different faith groups, however interfaith dialogue gives a true understanding of those faith traditions. Hall stated, “academic exposure shattered my preconceptions of different faith groups.” He then discussed a recent trip to India where he had the opportunity to experience how the people there live their own religion.

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