ARPA E-News February - March 2018

Pastoral Note for our Executive Officer, Elizabeth Harris

The ARPA executive, on behalf of the membership, extends our sympathy and prayers to our executive officer and her family following the passing of Liz's husband Russ on 27 February 2018. We thank Liz for her dedicated service and attention to ARPA and our membership while she has juggled family and health needs. 

Vale: Associate Member Alan Gill AM (1935 - February 23, 2018)

This is certainly the passing of an era. Alan was one of the group of people involved in the early days of ARPA, back in 1974, and maintained an active interest in ARPA as an associate member for over four decades.
Alan was the well-known religious affairs journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald for 17 years (1972-1989), having started as a ‘general’ journalist upon emigrating to Australia in 1971.

In 1985 he received a Walkley Award and was made a member of The Order of Australia for Services to the Media in 1995. Alan continued to write and research well into retirement.
Alan was a much-loved presence at NSW ARPA gatherings and always had one (or ten) stories to tell about his wide-ranging experiences, meeting religious leaders from all around the world. His expertise and knowledge of the Christian faith and other religions was well-known. His SMH colleagues referred to him as ‘The Reverend’ Alan Gill and he was often asked to provide information and advice about ‘religion’. I well remember him telling of his amusement one time when a colleague wanting to write a profile on Mary Mackillop asked Alan for her telephone number.

Malcolm Brown’s obituary for Alan is well worth reading: https://www.smh.com.au/national/journalist-interviewed-religious-leaders-of-all-faiths-20180228-h0wsa6.html

Alan will be missed by his wife Daisy, his wider family, friends and ARPA colleagues.
The President, Peter Bentley represented ARPA at Alan’s funeral service (A Mass of Christian Burial  at St Mark's Catholic Church, Tranmere Street, Drummoyne on March 2nd, 2018).

Peter Bentley

Ramon Williams Scholarship for 2018

Closing date 1 May 2018

Notice for the 2018 scholarship has been sent out. Please pass the information onto people in your organisation and think of someone your publication could nominate. Essential criteria:

  • The applicant must be no more than thirty-three years of age at the time of application.
  • The applicant must include in their application the name of a member publication or agency of ARPA that has nominated them to apply. 

 

2018 ARPA Conference: Brisbane

Communicating Hope and Trust in a Public Faith

Add the dates to your diary now: 7-8 September 2018.

Note. the Catholic Media Congress from 4 September (incorporating the ACPA Conference).

ARPA will meet at the Novotel Brisbane, just near Central Station, so again on the airtrain link.

We are pleased to report that Queensland academic and past ARPA member Dr John Harrison will be the opening keynote speaker for ARPA on Friday 7 September at 2.00 pm, on the topic:

“Journalism is not a crime. Not yet anyway.”

 

Connect 18: Small is the new big:

Christian Media and Arts Conference

Connect 18: 1-3 May, QT Hotel, Gold Coast. https://connectconference.org.au/

Interested in attending this major event? CMAA is offering ARPA members the Super Earlybird rate. This is now completely unavailable to even CMAA members.

Brief report on 2018 Executive Meeting

The executive held the annual face-to-face meeting February 2-3, 2018 at Stanmore House and dealt with ongoing business, finances and memberships (not yet renewed and new), as well as reviewing the past conference, the awards and making arrangements for the 2018 conference. A new award for Best Original Illustration will be introduced in 2018. The Blog award has been discontinued due to lack of entries.

Future ARPA Conferences

After reviewing the survey results, local logistics and timing, it was agreed that our preferred location would be Christchurch for ARPA 2019. This also links in with the desire of the executive and the survey respondents to have more frequent conferences in New Zealand.

Perth is recommended for 2020, and Adelaide for 2021.

 

ARPA E-News November 2017

Gutenberg highlighted at the new Museum of the Bible

Eternity News reports:

When Museum of the Bible opens its doors on November 17, just three blocks from the US Capitol building in Washington DC, guests will enter through two towering, 12-metre-tall gates, each weighing more than 12 tonnes. Made of bronze, the so-called “Gutenberg Gates”, created by artist Larry Kirkland, bear the first 30 verses of the Bible in Latin as found in the Gutenberg Bible, the first major work created using the printing press. However, the text is in reverse, as in a printing plate, so that visitors can create souvenir rubbings.

Full article at: https://www.eternitynews.com.au/world/museum-of-biblical-proportions-set-to-open/

If any ARPA member is visiting the Museum in the near future, please let the ARPA EO know. We would love to have a first-hand report and it could be an article for all our members.

Ramon Williams Scholarship for 2018

Notice for the 2018 scholarship will be sent out in February, following the review at the ARPA executive meeting. Keep this in mind now and think of someone your publication could nominate. Note essential criteria:

  • The applicant must be no more than thirty three years of age at the time of application.
  • The applicant must include in their application the name of a member publication or agency of ARPA that has nominated them to apply.

The Harvey Weinstein affair

Among the many articles and news items I found these two articles quite sobering in terms of journalism. Comments and opinions welcome: Peter Bentley

Jim Rutenberg (Mediator: October 7, 2017): Extract below:

… Let’s hope that those in the know did not include members of the Los Angeles Press Club, which this year gave Mr. Weinstein its “Truthteller Award,” calling him an example of “integrity and social responsibility,” along with Jay-Z. (The mogul received the honor because of his producing “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” a Spike TV documentary series about a 16-year-old who spent three years in Rikers Island awaiting a trial that never took place.)

The Press Club might want to rethink the award given that Mr. Weinstein has hired the emerging leader of anti-press jurisprudence, Charles Harder, who brought the case that put Gawker out of business last year. …

  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/06/business/media/harvey-weinsteins-media-enablers.html

and Lee Smith – Silence of the Enablers: Harvey Weinstein’s secret kept by the media (The Australian: 14th October 2017; extract below and yes I bought the weekend print edition). Any feedback on this and the whole digital revolution welcome.

… That’s why the story about Weinstein finally broke now. It’s because the media industry that once protected him has collapsed. The magazines that used to publish the stories Miramax optioned can’t afford to pay for the kind of reporting and storytelling that translates into screenplays. They’re broke because Facebook and Google have swallowed all the digital advertising money that was supposed to save the press as print advertising continued to tank. …

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/silence-of-the-enablers-harvey-weinsteins-secret-kept-by-media/news-story/32e699c72651c47c615a907e5c900c84

Executive Meetings

The executive held a teleconference on Monday 16th October.

Louise Mackay (Anglican Encounter Newcastle, NSW) has been co-opted to the executive as Minutes Secretary. We are grateful for Louise taking on this role and also for her contributions to the executive.

The Sydney based meeting will be February 2-3, 2018 at Stanmore House.

If you are visiting Sydney over the summer and need a place to stay check out Stanmore House at the Salvation Army Sydney Location.

ARPA Social Media

Let Sophia know of any news to link for our Facebook postings.

It is great to see the 2017 Conference photos being accessed. Thank you to Mark Tronson for his invaluable assistance with taking many of the photos during the awards night.

2018 ARPA Conference: Brisbane

Add the dates to your diary now: 7-8 September 2018, and note the Catholic Media Congress from 4 September (incorporating the ACPA Conference)

ARPA Executive (Contact details please see the ARPA directory)

The ARPA Executive for 2017-2018

President: Peter Bentley

NZ Vice-President and Communications Officer: Sophia Sinclair

Australian Vice-President: Mark Brolly

Treasurer: Allan Sauer

Executive Officer: Elizabeth Harris.

Minutes Secretary: Louise Mackay

ARPA E-News October 2017

What a time in Auckland - August 2017

ARPA members were encouraged, challenged and blessed at our 2017 Conference. Feedback has highlighted the networking and fellowship, and the Awards Dinner held on the Rooftop Terrace at Rydges Hotel.

Sponsors for the 2017 Conference

ARPA is pleased to thank our GOLD SPONSOR: CBM Australia

One of the major events that CBM undertakes is Miracles Day. This special appeal in conjunction with Christian radio stations and churches throughout Australia raises funds and awareness for sight-saving cataract surgery in the world’s poorest places: cbm.org.au.

We were also blessed with support from our Silver Sponsor: NZ Bible Society.

And our Bronze Sponsors:

Dove Ministries

OpenBook Howden

Blue Sky Creative

Awards:

Congratulations to the winners in the various categories and a special acknowledgement to Jamie O’Brien, from The Record Perth, on being awarded the Gutenberg for 2017.

Congratulations also to The Melbourne Anglican for winning the Publication of the Year Award, received by Mark Brolly,  Australian Vice President of ARPA.

2018 ARPA Conference: Brisbane

Add the dates to your diary now: 7-8 September 2018.

Executive Meetings

The next executive meeting will be held by teleconference on Monday 16th October. The Sydney based meeting will be February 2-3, 2018.

The executive will be reviewing the conference and the awards schedule and members are encouraged to send comments. It would be helpful for you to read the judges’ comments in the awards booklet.

ARPA Social Media

Thank you to Sophia for all the awards posts on our Facebook. It has been encouraging to see the regular postings recognising our members. There is also a wonderful collection of photos to view.

ARPA Executive (Contact details please see the ARPA directory)

The ARPA Executive for 2017-2018

President: Peter Bentley

NZ Vice-President and Communications Officer: Sophia Sinclair

Australian Vice-President: Mark Brolly

Treasurer: Allan Sauer

Executive Officer: Elizabeth Harris

ARPA E-NEWS August 2017

Auckland 25-27 August

Yes, there is still time to register for the 2017 ARPA Conference. Join nearly 60 members in the harbour city of Auckland for the Christian print communicators networking event of the year.

With the beautiful setting of the Rooftop Terrace at Rydges Hotel, the Awards Dinner will be a highlight, culminating in the presentation of the Gutenberg for 2017. The President has devised several questions that will test the perspicacity of members (and yes, there are some intriguing and possibly very odd prizes to be won).

Transport to the Hotel

Errol Pike has kindly supplied the following information: I have just been online to check the my transport from the Auckland airport to CBD and the best and cheapest (NZ$18 one way, NZ$32 return) is Skyway bus (www.skybus.co.nz). It does mean walking about three blocks from the drop-off point (at 237 Queen Street, Stop No 7053) to the Hotel (corner of Federal and Kingston Streets) but the cost of a taxi from airport to CBD can be about $80. The bus does take a little longer, however but they do run very regularly. Also, you can pre-buy Skybus tickets online – see their website. The only negative is that the Skybus does not run from the international terminal after 10.30 pm. – but all the info is on their website.

Awards:  The judges’ decisions are in and there is an amazing list of winners, including for publication of the year.  It will be a joy to have every winner represented at the dinner to receive their Award.

 Sponsors at the 2017 Conference:  ARPA is pleased to work with our GOLD SPONSOR

CBM Australia

One of the major events that CBM undertakes is Miracles Day. This special appeal in conjunction with Christian radio stations and churches throughout Australia raises funds and awareness for sight-saving cataract surgery in the world’s poorest places.

Miracles Day for 2017 will be held on 17 August. Christian radio stations will be on-air talking about Miracles Day and encouraging their listeners to donate a $32 Miracle - payment for a 12-minute operation that enables a cataract to be removed and sight to be restored. You can support CBM by promoting the contact number 131 226 and website cbm.org.au in your social media: and #makemiraclespossible (used online/social media as hashtag, used without # where appropriate)

New Members

ARPA is pleased to advise the following new members: Jen Rosenberg from Australian Catholic University, Wayne Graham, whose publication is the Daily Encourager and Annie Carrett who as editor of Broken Bay News has been a long-time supporter of ARPA and ACPA.  The publication is no longer an ARPA member but we are thrilled that Annie has chosen to stay with us.

ARPA Social Media Survey

Sophia Sinclair, our Communications Officer reported to the executive meeting held on Tuesday 1st August about the results of the social media survey. It is evident that members would prefer a finely tuned approach to ARPA using social media, and Sophia will be looking at connecting in a helpful way.

ARPA E-News July 2017

ARPA Conference 2017: Auckland 25-27 August

http://www.arpa.news/conference/

 Note: Please have your registration in by 11th August.

Thank you to all members who have registered along with providing their Award entries.   It’s great to see so many registrations and Award entries from New Zealand and those in Oz look forward to meeting up with our fellow religious publishers from across the Tasman.

Please consider booking your accommodation as soon as possible using the booking accommodation site at the Rydges Hotel - Auckland. You only need to put the check-in and check-out dates and click book now. You don’t need to put any code or promo code.
https://www.rydges.com/private-page/arpa-conference-2017/

ARPA is pleased to work with all our SPONSORS for Auckland 2017:

Silver Sponsor - NZ Bible Society

Bible Society New Zealand  Bible Society’s mission is to help make the Bible accessible to everyone and encourage interaction with it, both in New Zealand and around the world. Bible Society supports the work of more than 2,000 churches in New Zealand including Māori and migrant churches, as well as many Christian organisations. They strive to shape our nation’s future by encouraging people to engage with the Bible to build a culture transformed by the Bible. Bible advocacy and equipping ministry leaders with relevant Bible resources is key to achieving this. In addition they are part of a worldwide network called United Bible Societies, operating in 200 countries and territories. Bible Society New Zealand partners This year, they celebrate their 171st year of operation, making them one of New Zealand’s oldest organisations: www.biblesociety.org.nz

ARPA Social Media Survey

Thank you to all those who provided feedback to the social media survey. Sophia Sinclair, our Communications Officer has been working on analysing the results and preparing a report.

ARPA Member Ramon Williams

Ramon received a lovely ‘historical portrait’ profile in the War Cry (Australia)http://www.warcry.org.au/single-post/2017/06/24/Ramon-Williams

and also in the latest edition of New Life: 1 July 2017 Vol 80 No 1. New Life is available to download - Free on Request: office@nlife.com.au

Launch of Global Effort to End Deforestation of Rainforests

ARPA received a special invitation to attend the launch of this initiative on June 19 in Oslo, though was not able to participate through representation. This event marked the first time religious leaders have gathered to support Indigenous Peoples in South America, sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. The gathering was held in the presence of His Majesty King Harald V of Norway. The event can be watched on the following link: http://iri.trippelm.tv/embed.html

2017 SparkLit Awards Night

Melbourne ARPA members may be able to attend the 2017 Australian Christian Book of the Year awards. This will be held just before our Auckland conference: Thursday 17 August, 7.30 for 8.00 pm
St Alfred’s Anglican Church, Blackburn North, Victoria.
Tickets $20. Buy tickets online

The South Australian ARPA Chapter

ARPA SA recently met for lunch at the offices of Family Voice in Adelaide.  We had an almost 100% attendance and were fortunate to have Greg Hassold from openbook howden, print and design, address us on today’s printing methods.   Open Book is an ARPA sponsor and we are grateful for their support.

ARPA E-News June 2017

ARPA Conference 2017: Auckland 25-27 August

Thank you to all members who have registered along with their award entries. Please consider booking your accommodation in June for the conference hotel. It is helpful for ARPA’s block booking arrangements. Booking accommodation at the Rydges Hotel - Auckland: You only need to put the check-in and check-out dates and click book now. You don’t need to put any code or promo code. https://www.rydges.com/private-page/arpa-conference-2017/

ARPA is pleased to work with our GOLD SPONSOR:

CBM Australia

One of the major events that CBM undertakes is Miracles Day. This special appeal in conjunction with Christian radio stations and churches throughout Australia raises funds and awareness for sight-saving cataract surgery in the world’s poorest places. Although cataracts are generally straightforward to treat, they often lead to permanent vision loss for people living in the world’s poorest countries, who cannot access affordable eye-care and surgery.

Miracles Day for 2017 will be held on 17 August.

From 10-20 August 2017, representatives from five of the largest Australian Christian radio stations will travel to the Philippines to witness life transforming cataract operations, and meet some of the people involved in CBM’s work. The stations will broadcast their morning shows live from Bacolod the week of Miracles Day, culminating in the Miracles Day event on Thursday 17 August. The stations that will travel to the field include: Light FM, Hope FM, Sonshine FM, Family FM, Vision Christian Radio and the Luke & Susie Show (broadcast on stations around Australia). Twenty one other Christian radio stations will be on-air talking about Miracles Day and encouraging their listeners to donate a $32 Miracle.

Over the last four years compassionate Australians have raised more than 82,000 Miracle gifts of sight – providing sight-saving operations to those in need. A $32 donation sponsors a 12-minute operation which enables a cataract to be removed and sight to be restored. You can support CBM by promoting the contact number 131 226 and website cbm.org.au in your social media: and #makemiraclespossible (used online/social media as hashtag, used without # where appropriate)

ARPA Social Media Survey

Have you undertaken the social media survey yet? Please help as the feedback will provide the details that ARPA needs to develop the next stage of ARPA’s communications. Any questions please contact Sophia Sinclair, our Communications Officer.

ARPA Executive (Contact details please see the ARPA directory) 

President: Peter Bentley

NZ Vice-President: Justin St Vincent

Australian Vice-President: Mark Brolly

Treasurer: Allan Sauer

Communications Officer: Sophia Sinclair

Executive Officer: Elizabeth Harris.

ARPA E-News May 2017

ARPA Conference 2017: Auckland 25-27 August

Please consider booking your accommodation now at the conference hotel. It is helpful for ARPA’s block booking arrangements. Booking accommodation at the Rydges Hotel - Auckland: You just need to put the check-in and check-out dates and click book now. You don’t need to put any code or promo code.
https://www.rydges.com/private-page/arpa-conference-2017/

2017 Conference GOLD SPONSOR: CBM Australia

Every day, CBM International is working in 63 countries around the world to transform lives. In 2015, CBM Australia worked directly in 17 of the poorest countries. Together, CBM globally seeks to empower people living with disability in the world’s poorest countries, transforming their lives and breaking down the barriers in their homes and communities that stop them from reaching their full potential.

Ramon Williams Scholarship

A reminder that applications for the 2017 Scholarship are due by 5 pm on 1st May. 

One Day in Melbourne (Christian Media Seminar)

June 3 (10.30 am – 4.00 pm)

ARPA Australia VP Mark Brolly will be attending the 2017 seminar designed to offer practical help those to working in the Christian media, especially in mission publications.

Location: Moonee Ponds Salvation Army - near to Tullamarine airport, which assists those flying in and out of Melbourne.

Organised by Mark Tronson (Well-Being Australia), other ARPA members are involved in the program, including John Sandeman (Eternity), and ARPA Life Member and New Life editor Bob Thomas is the MC.

For further information contact Mark Tronson on: 0419 917 713

ARPA Executive

The next ARPA Executive teleconference will be held on May 9th, 2017.

The ARPA Executive for 2016-2017

President: Peter Bentley

NZ Vice-President: Justin St Vincent

Australian Vice-President: Mark Brolly

Treasurer: Allan Sauer

Communications Officer: Sophia Sinclair

Along with our Executive Officer: Elizabeth Harris.

ARPA Social Media

Facebook page for the Australasian Religious Press Association will now be found simply as ARPA.

ARPA E-News March 2017

ARPA News March 2017

Watch out for your ARPA Awards entry form package - with conference brochure – coming by email and by post. (Award entries must be in by 19th May 2017)

2017 ARPA Conference – Auckland

Make sure you have the dates in your diary: 25-27 August 2017. The program for the 2017 conference is being organised and the brochure will be available in later March. Thank you to the local ARPA members and, in particular, our NZ Vice-President Justin St. Vincent for all the work to date (and to come). The conference will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from a range of gifted communicators and also join in our established networking and collegial contact. Some Australian members are already looking forward to also taking time to holiday in New Zealand.

Congratulations to our Communications Officer Sophia Sinclair on the birth of her second son: Sophia ‘reported’ Our little Valentine's Day gift: Frank Paul Sinclair. Born 4.43pm, 14/2/2017 at RPAH. Weighing 3918gm/8lb 6oz. Both mother and baby doing very, very well after a wonderful birth experience. We are very thankful to God for his provision and faithfulness.

Mark Brolly from The Melbourne Anglican writes ‘My colleague Emma Halgren (who was part of the 2013 Conference organising committee) had a boy last Sunday week, "a sleepy, smiley" little fellow. All well, no name for the Bub yet. God bless all, especially the new Mums, Dads and Bubs’ . Mark

ARPA Conference Review 2017

Thank you to the members who responded. The executive will consider the responses in detail, but the following provides an overview. Overall 50 responses were received (response rate 37% ). 86% of respondents had attended a conference.

Summary of the answers to questions.

What is your interest in ARPA? The three top areas were

·         Professional Association (and development) – 80%

·         ARPA Conference – 62%

·         ARPA Awards – 62%

 What are some reasons for you not attending an ARPA Conference?

The three top reasons were:

·         Other – nearly 40% of people suggested a range of reason mostly related in some way to the general suggestions.

·         Lack of funding from own publication – 34%

·         Cannot finance own attendance – 24%

What are some helpful reasons for having the Conference?

·         The three main reasons identified were:

·         Networking (and encouragement) – 92%

·         Professional Development – 84%

·         Catching up with friends and colleagues – 66%

Note: the ARPA Awards recorded 62%

What is the most important reason for holding an ARPA Conference?

It was interesting to note only 17% of respondents chose the ARPA Awards (the other 83% mainly highlighted professional development, networking and encouragement in their written answers).

What areas of Professional Education are you interested in?

The five main areas were:

·         Writing – 66%

·         Editing – 62%

·         Social Media – 62%

·         Design – 44%

·         Photography – 38%

What topics or themes would be helpful to address at a conference?

The top three areas:

·         Digital Media – 73%

·         Contemporary Church Issues – 73%

·         The Future of print – 61%

Would you consider attending a conference at any of the following locations?

The number one choice was the Gold Coast – 74%

Second – Launceston – 68%

Third – Perth - 63%

Would you consider attending a conference at any of the following locations if the registration cost was fully covered? (not travel or accommodation)

This enabled Darwin and Perth to come out on top – 76%.

Singapore had perhaps a surprising 66% approval on this question.

What other suggestions can you add to help develop ARPA conferences?

58% of respondents provided a written in response. The executive will take your comments in consideration. The three main areas of comment:

Arrangements for Judging the awards; cost of the conference and accommodation; and content/speakers.

Thank you to all the members who contributed to the survey. This has proved to be very helpful for our future planning and a good base for further survey work.

2017 ARPA Awards

The award details and entry forms will be sent out soon (these will be emailed and also provided by postal mail). Members are reminded of the decision of the 2016 AGM:

At the AGM in September2016, the amount of work put into the organization of the awards and the conference was noted. The following comment was made by a member. ‘The awards need to mean something and have value within the sector. When people don’t turn up to the event to accept prestigious awards it belittles the awards.’

As a result of these discussions, It was moved, seconded and carried,  ‘that award submissions from all member organisations will only be accepted if accompanied by a conference registration.’  It was further noted that the Executive will have the discretion to waive this requirement if considered appropriate. This requirement will apply to the conferences of 2017 and 2018 and be reviewed after these dates.

NB: If you do not wish to pay the registration fee at the time of submitting the entries , you will be invoicedfor the amount owing.

 ARPA Conference Sponsorship

The Religious Press is not generally a popular avenue for the acquisition of sponsorship.  In the past however, we have received some very generous sponsorship from the most diverse sources -  Mail houses, printers, conference merchandise providers. On this topic, a reminder that the registration fee for the Conference will depend on the amount of sponsorship we have received/promised by the end of this month as stated in the Minutes of the last Executive meeting in January.

Do you through your publication know of anyone who could offer ARPA a level of sponsorship for our 2017 conference?  If you have any contacts please advise the Executive Officer, Elizabeth Harris, admin@arpa.news who can supply you with a sponsorship presentation package.  

The ARPA Executive for 2016-2017

President: Peter Bentley

NZ Vice-President: Justin St Vincent

Australian Vice-President: Mark Brolly

Treasurer: Allan Sauer

Communications Officer: Sophia Sinclair

Along with our Executive Officer: Elizabeth Harris.

The next ARPA Executive teleconference will be held on May 9th, 2017.

 

 

 

 

ARPA E-News February 2017

ARPA News February 2017

 ARPA Conference Review – have you completed the survey? Thank you to those members who have responded.

The AGM and executive have given a good deal of thought to future conferences and our conference overall, but we are also seeking your input and a survey has been provided recently (through monkey survey – check your in-box). If you have not yet undertaken the survey could we encourage you to consider doing so as soon as possible. Your involvement is an integral help for the ARPA community.

Members are very welcome to make suggestions for conferences in 2019, and 2020. Some thoughts to date (no arrangements, just ‘dreaming’) have been Perth (Perhaps New Norcia), Darwin, and Norfolk Island, and Singapore.

One member respondent will receive a complimentary registration for the 2017 conference.

2017 ARPA Conference – Auckland

The program for the 2017 conference is being organised and the brochure will be available in April. Thank you to the local ARPA members and in particular our NZ Vice-President Justin St. Vincent for all the work to date (and to come). The conference will be a wonderful opportunity to hear from a range of gifted communicators. Make sure you have the dates in your diary: 

25-27 August 2017.

2017 ARPA Award Categories

The Face to Face meeting of the executive (January 2017 in Sydney) reviewed the ARPA award categories. A heads-up that there will be a new awards category: Social Media Campaign. Many of our members engage in integrated social media campaigns during the year and this is an opportunity to showcase this wider work of witness.

Changes in member publications

Pipeline, the magazine of the Eastern Territory for the Australia Salvation Army magazine has now finished (the final edition of Volume 20 was issued in December 2016 and looks back over 20 years of publication). The Salvation Army in Australia is moving to become one territory and a national editorial department is working toward a new magazine from this year.

Isabella Woods has concluded as editor of Parish Connections (St James King Street, Sydney) and is now back in England. We welcome Brooke Shelley as the new Communications and Media Manager.

Church Resources has concluded as a member following changes to the structure and arrangements. Long-standing ARPA participant Christine Hogan finished her position at Church Resources just before Christmas last year and we wish Christine God’s blessing in future ministry and service.

Welcome to New Members

ARPA welcomes The Good Oil (Sisters of the Good Samaritan);

ARPA Social Media Strategy

ARPA has endorsed a social media report provided by the Communications Officer Sophia Sinclair. During 2017 we will work on developing an integrated social media arrangement and also appropriate input at key times (like the conference).

Note: The Facebook page for the Australasian Religious Press Association will now be found simply as ARPA.

The ARPA Executive for 2016-2017

President: Peter Bentley

NZ Vice-President: Justin St Vincent

Australian Vice-President: Mark Brolly

Treasurer: Allan Sauer

Communications Officer: Sophia Sinclair

Along with our Executive Officer: Elizabeth Harris.

The next ARPA Executive teleconference will be held on May 9th, 2017.