Judy Trautman, NAIN Communications Chair and Editor of NAINews. Judy will lead this session and will report on highlights from the recent Religious Communications Congress. She currently also serves as co-chair of the MultiFaith Council of Northwest Ohio. Judy shared some of the changes happening in media – the impending demise of print media, the shift to handheld devices, the emphasis on interactive, short, and visual communications, the virtual faith online and phone app phenomena. She advises a plan to include multiple and flexiple approaches, in order to stay current and relevant. There is a values issue in that many of the new technologies appeal to the affluent. She urges filling the needed role to reflect, evaluate, and tell good stories. But if no one hears a story, is it still a story?
R C Congress 2010 Implications PowerPoint of the presentation.
Sumitra Srinivasan, NAIN Scholarship recipient, board member of the MultiFaith Council of Northwest Ohio, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Toledo. Sumitra’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of journalism, international/intercultural communication, new technologies, faith-based learning, and multimedia communication. Sumitra focused her presentation on Facebook and its successful use by non-profits. She also showed some websites prepared by students. She showed how vocabulary is affected by media changes – we tweet and facebook – new verbs. She mentioned a youtube video that shows the religious buildings in the Virtual Reality portal called Second Life. You may see it here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huQtY79xsNY
Alisa Roadcup, NAIN Scholarship recipient and Communications Director, the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions. Alisa led the Council’s most successful marketing campaign ever for the 2009 Parliament and holds a BA in Humanities and an MA in Religious Studies. Alisa showcased PeaceNext http://www.peacenext.org/ as a best practices example of a successful social networking site. The launch at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in December 2009 was a true spiritual experience. It now has aver 2500 members and about 80 groups. The launch was aided by sharing of advice from the Interfaith Youth Core whose Bridge-Builders http://bridge-builders.ning.com/ site is also very successful.