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Early bird rates extended to April 14!

For the first time in 20 years, editors and communicators from North American Christian publications and organizations will meet in Canada as the US-based Associated Church Press and the Canadian Church Press hold a joint convention in Toronto at the Novotel Hotel from April 29 to May 1, 2015.

The theme of the conference is One body, many parts: Diversity is the Spice of Life. In considering a theme the organizing committee, with representatives from both organizations, noted that member publications and their staff don’t live and work in a “same-old, same-old” world. Never before have Christian publications had so many ways to communicate with so many different readers.

The annual conference brings members together for networking and professional development, and honours excellence in religious reporting and communication at its Awards Banquet. This year will be no exception as the schedule includes exciting keynote speakers from a broad range of backgrounds. There will be expert-led workshops for both associations to take part in from Editorial, Design, Marketing, Web and Social Media orientated for both novice and experienced staff.

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Surviving and thriving in the coming data boom

Published on February 5, 2015 by in News

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Plenary speaker Nora Young

From your individual Facebook posts and FitBit readings, to the Big Data generated about how we behave collectively, we are in the midst of an explosion in the amount of data available about us. This Data Boom offers insight into our behaviour, helps us build smarter, more responsive communities, and allows for individual customization. It also raises chilling privacy concerns in an age of surveillance and data mining. At Friday’s CCP/ACP Convention plenary session Nora Young will argue that if we take privacy issues seriously, we can use the data boom to build community.

Nora Young is the host and the creator of Spark, CBC Radio’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture. She was the founding host of the CBC Radio show Definitely Not the Opera, where she often focused on new media and technology. As a journalist, author, and speaker, Nora explores how new technology shapes the way we understand ourselves and the world around us. Her 2012 book, The Virtual Self, on the explosion of data about our behaviours, opinions and actions, is published by McClelland and Stewart. Her favourite technology is her bicycle. Find her on Twitter, @nora3000

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Plenary speaker Jane Armstrong

Why do fewer and fewer people go to church? Why do those who attend still go? Why are so many people “spiritual but not religious” today? Jane Armstrong’s public opinion surveys into North American faith and religion provide answers to what most of us can only speculate about.

Using the results of her own research and the research of others, Jane’s CCP/ACP Convention Plenary Session, Thursday, April 30 will describe what the numbers reveal about trends in faith and religion, how the public perceives faith communities, and how religious and secular values stack up when it comes to shaping responses to some of the key moral questions of our age. Jane will also describe some of the cutting-edge polling she has done for religious institutions, and address a question every denomination needs to consider: is it right or wrong to look for meaning in market research?

Jane Armstrong is a social researcher based in Toronto. She has been studying public opinion and social values for three decades. She is principal researcher at Armstrong Research, where she leads the company’s faith and religion practice. She has conducted research and authored articles for the mass media, peer-reviewed journals and various trade/specialty publications, and is often called upon in the media and at conferences to speak about her work. Jane’s contribution to the community includes past directorships on a number of non-profit boards. She currently serves on The United Church of Canada’s national Racial Justice and Gender Justice Advisory Committee.

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