Magazine, Website and Social Media Competition

The Central Communications Board’s annual Magazine, Website and Social Media Competition is now open and invites entries within each category (details below) from Church of Ireland parishes, dioceses and associated organisations as well as individuals whose blogging or social networking activity clearly relate to Church activity/outreach/witness. Quality of presentation, strength of editorial content and outreach potential are once again to be the standards of excellence against which entries will be judged. The closing date is Wednesday 18 April 2012. Winners will be announced at the General Synod in Christ Church Cathedral Dublin, 10-12 May 2012.

Parish and Diocesan magazines are important for the exchange of news and views across Church communities and printed media continue to play a vital role within the life of the Church of Ireland. In addition, websites are now firmly established as vehicles which allow the wider community to observe as never before, the life of Church of Ireland members, whether in parishes, dioceses or organisations, as well as helping ‘internal communications’ by providing information and increasing interaction. Beyond this, newer media such as Facebook pages, Twitter accounts, along with blogs and YouTube videos have created a potentially global audience and innovative ways to assist in the Church’s ministry. Within the Church of Ireland there are excellent examples of how all these various forms of communication are being used to build Christian community and communicate the Christian faith. This competition is an opportunity to learn what others are doing, to showcase good work and to join in – we look forward to seeing your entry.

CCB Chairman, the Rt Revd Trevor Williams, says: ‘The Church can’t exist without communication, and it can’t thrive without good communication. So let’s celebrate those who work hard to tell the Good News in some shape or form. Their commitment shouldn’t go unacknowledged.’

In the Magazine section entries are invited in three print media categories:

  • Diocesan Magazines
  • Parish Magazine/Newsletter
  • Church of Ireland affiliated organisation Magazine/Newsletter

In the Website section entries are invited in three categories:

  • Diocesan Website
  • Parish Website
  • Church of Ireland affiliated organisation Website

In the Social Media section:

  • Most innovative use of Interactive Communication Technologies (ICT) or ‘social media’ over and beyond standard websites, eg: blogs, podcasts or social networking or content-sharing websites

Entries are welcome from any committee or group associated with the Church of Ireland.

Please obtain an entry form from the Church of Ireland Press Office (by email: or phone: from NI 028 9082 8880, from RoI 048 9082 8880) and send entries as follows:

Magazines and newsletters – one recent copy – to Jenny Compston, Press Office, Church of Ireland House, 61-67 Donegall St, Belfast, BT 1 2QH, Northern Ireland.

Websites, please supply an e-mail containing the URL to:

Social Media, please send an example or link including a description of the technology, how applied and the objective of the initiative to Jenny Compston, Press Office, Church of Ireland House, 61-67 Donegall St, Belfast, BT 1 2QH, Northern Ireland or to

Remember: the closing date for entries is Wednesday 18 April 2012

Further information from:

Church of Ireland Press Office
Church of Ireland House
61-67 Donegall Street
Belfast BT1 2QH

T. +44 (0) 28 9082 8880

22 March 2012 (Ref. Pr 26/12)