Block 1 | Thursday, April 16 | 9:40 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.
Photography for the Ages
Gary Fong | Founder/President, Genesis Photo Agency
How do your pictures communicate in context to history? Some, but not all photos, stand the test of time. What we record in words or pictures is a micro-moment of world history. How can we keep the historical perspective during coverage?
What you will learn:
• How to understand the depth of your story
• How to project the interest of the story for years or generations to come
Race, Grace & Forgiveness: Writing Our Way to Racial Healing
Patricia Raybon | Author and Journalist
A candid and interactive exploration of how writers of every background can help heal racial wounds by writing truthfully about our racial struggles and journeys. But what’s required? How does one start? What narrative and spiritual elements make a “racial” story work for both writer, editor, and reader? Patricia Raybon, whose award-winning writing includes racial reflections in the New York Times, Newsweek, In Touch Magazine (In Touch Ministries), Our Daily Bread, Christianity Today, (in)courage at DaySpring, the Washington Post’s Acts of Faith — and whose memoir “My First White Friend” is a winner of a Christopher Award and a Books for a Better Life Award — shares personal and practical wisdom for courageous, reflective writers willing to take on the urgent conundrum of race.
The State of Christian Magazine Publishing (panel)
Lou Ann Sabatier (Moderator) | Media & Communications Consultant
Tim Dalrymple | CEO, Christianity Today
Ron Hunter, Jr. | CEO, Randall House Publishing
Kevin Martin | CEO, World News Group
Three evangelical magazine publishing executives talk about the present and future of Christian magazine publishing. How do current socio-political trends impact our industry? What is the key to staying relevant in a post-Christian world? What are the challenges we will be facing in the coming years and how do we prepare for them? Moderated by Lou Ann Sabatier, a former publishing CEO and a leading magazine consultant for both secular and Christian periodicals.
Operating in a Digital World with Influence and Impact
Edric Sng | CEO, Thirst Collective
Digital/social media gives publishers a borderless platform with a potential audience many times larger than their subscriber base, organization supporters or denominational membership. Drawing from more than a decade of experience growing multi-million-follower mainstream digital newsrooms, Edric has transferred the expertise to build influential Christian discipleship and outreach portals in Singapore, with a view to regional expansion in the coming years. Come learn how to build your digital platform to save souls and impact the nations.
What you will learn:
• How to build a Christian online newsroom
• Core values for an effective digital strategy
• How to harness digital media for evangelism
• How to forge Kingdom partnerships for digital impact
Overcoming Creative Challenges (roundtable)
Dan Stelzer (Moderator) | Art Director, Answers in Genesis
Sarah Gordon | Art Director, Christianity Today
Brian Mellema | Art Director, Focus on the Family Magazine
Tamara Welter | Journalism Chair, Biola University
A moderated panel of respected designers will share their experience about what it takes to create a successful publication. This interactive forum will bring designers together to discuss the various challenges they face in their work and how they work to overcome them. Learn valuable insights from designers and come prepared with your own questions and solutions to share during a roundtable discussion.
We’ll be covering a range of questions, including:
• How do you best work with your editors?
• Where do you turn for inspiration?
• What are some tricks you have learned to make the most of a limited budget?
Writing Powerful Stories
Anne Marie Winz | Writing Coach, Cru
Stories connect our readers with our mission, and they inspire people to join us in our work. Discover how can you write more compelling stories.
What you will learn:
• How to uncover three levels of conflict
• How to structure your work toward action
• How to add background so your readers care about the story
• How to write like you’re on location