MediaLit, launched in 2010, 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 – including digital media, 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.
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.
Sessions are largely held in The Leech Hall at St John’s College, Durham, where there is capacity for all students to use their laptops/mobile devices, and interact with a Twitterfall which runs alongside the projection equipment – this can take some getting used to, but allows ‘bigger conversations’, rather than ‘sage on the stage’ teaching. Delegate numbers will never exceed 30.