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.

 

 

 

ARPA News December 2016

2017 Conference: Auckland: 25-27 August

ARPA is pleased to announce the conference hotel: Rydges Auckland: 58 Federal Street.

The local arrangements team, including our own Justin St Vincent reviewed a number of hotels and Rydges stood out with some excellent features. The Awards Dinner will be very special with the Rooftop Terrace room location.

ARPA Executive Meeting

The next ARPA Executive meeting will be the annual face to face meeting in Sydney. We are meeting at the lovely Salvation Army Centre in Sydney: Stanmore House January 20-21. If you have any matters for the executive to consider please advise the Executive Officer. One of the main tasks will be to review the awards for 2017.

Support for Religion on ABC Radio National.

There has been some news coverage of the impact of changes and particularly we note for long-standing ARPA friend John Cleary (more still to be finalised). John has thanked ARPA for our support and concern: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/nov/10/faith-leaders-meet-with-michelle-guthrie-over-abc-religious-programming-cuts

Note (4/12/2016) ARPA has also now received an acknowledgement from the ABC.

2018 Conference – Joint arrangements with ACPA and the Australian Catholic Communications Congress (4-8 September, with ARPA dates 7-8 September)

Allan Sauer and Peter Bentley represented ARPA at the full day planning meeting in Brisbane on Wednesday 30th November. Thank you to Aoife Connors for all the preliminary work and the local members for reviewing possible venues for the 2018 Joint Christian Media gathering.

Christmas gatherings

Many chapters have organised a Christmas gathering. 10 SA Chapter members met for lunch at the Thai Chef Restaurant and acknowledged the retirement of Ros and David Phillips after many years of ARPA involvement. We understand that members of WA Chapter are organising a get together with the encouragement of Heather Dowling and Jamie O’Brian.

On behalf of the Executive, I wish you all a happy and holy Christmas-tide and a fulfilling New Year.

Peter Bentley

Please email the Executive Officer with your news and comments.

 

ARPA E-News October 2016

Welcome to the new ARPA Website

ARPA is pleased to now be connecting with members on our new website, facilitated by 2016 Ramon Williams Scholarship Winner Ashley Thompsonand hosted by Squarespace (which was one of the facilitating sites mentioned by Ashley in her acceptance speech – see http://journeyonline.com.au/scoop/three-online-tools-assist-ministry/

 2016 Conference: 2-4 September, Sydney

What a challenging and stimulating conference and time spent sharing around the theme of the Converging Word. The panels were a particular highlight and members have already received the excellent papers from the session on the Church and Disability. It was very pleasing to see the support for Gutenberg Winner Graeme Cole. Graeme has also received some coverage in local newspapers in his area:

http://www.theleader.com.au/story/4168459/award-for-caringbah-journalist/

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 October 20th.

 2017 ARPA Awards

There was a significant decision at the 2016 ARPA AGM. Award entries for 2017 will need to be accompanied by an entry form for the 2017 ARPA Conference and Awards Dinner. The AGM has a full discussion about this change, and was persuaded that more needed to be done to highlight the ARPA Awards and ensure proper recognition for those receiving awards by attending the Awards Dinner.

(Note: the executive will have discretion in this matter)

Award Categories: The Face to Face meeting of the executive (January 2017 in Sydney) will review the ARPA award categories and as usual comments are welcome. It is also always very interesting to read the comments by our judges (and thank you to all the judges for their service), and this also helps our reflection as we consider the award categories.

2018 Conference– Joint arrangements with ACPA and the Australian Catholic Communications Congress

Add this important gathering to your diary now. The dates are confirmed as 4 – 8 September, with the ARPA part being 7-8 September. These few days of Christian communication will be a highlight for the church in the southern hemisphere. The location is Brisbane, with hotel to be announced soon.

Suggestions for future ARPA Conferences

The AGM and executive have given preliminary thought to future conferences and members are very welcome to make suggestions for 2019, and 2020. Some thoughts to date (no arrangements, just ‘dreaming’) have been Perth (Perhaps New Norcia), Darwin, and Norfolk Island, and Singapore. Please email the Executive Officer and thoughts.