Creating Connections – Norwich

Date: Thursday 30 November 2023
Time: 14:00 – 19:30
Venue: Weston Room of Norwich Cathedral, 65 The Close, Norwich, England, NR1 4DH
Tickets: Free via Eventbrite here >>
Inquiries: [email protected] | 0203-970-0709

Explore the way religion and worldviews are interwoven into the life of Norwich, as people from long-standing and diverse communities share their stories and open the window into their world.

Join us in the Weston Room of Norwich Cathedral for workshops and presentations with journalists, teachers, academics, religious leaders and invited guests, making new contacts and networking with local media representatives who are looking for stories.

The intention is to raise understanding between religious groups and the media, exploring new stories, breaking down misunderstanding, and showcasing the expertise of RE teachers and academics from local universities.

Norwich is one of 6 cities chosen to host this unique networking opportunity this year, along with Bristol, Bradford, Coventry, Newcastle and Liverpool. Attendance is free, but you must register beforehand.

The event is hosted by the Religion Media Centre, an impartial and independent organisation aiming to increase further cohesion and understanding in society by helping the media report and understand religion and belief. Join our mailing lists here >>

This project is generously funded by the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust.

2 pmCoffee and tea    
– What is the Religion Media Centre and why are we all here?
– Relationship between religion and the media in Norwich
– What stories are not being told?
2.30pmPresentation: the religious landscape of Norwich – Dean Andrew Braddock
2.50pmWho’s in the room? – dealing with concerns and questions as distinctive groups – having roles and values appreciated and drawn upon within the wider community. 
3.20pmUEA Journalism students introduce and show short films they have made on religion Barnie Choudhury
3.50pmNetworking and coffee / tea break
4.00pmMedia panel: Who are the local media, what stories are they interested in and tips of the trade?  Chair Leo Devine with
Anthony Isaacs, Assistant Editor BBC Radio Norfolk
Rowan Mantell, Norfolk Magazine
Ian Clarke, Executive editor Eastern Daily Press/Norwich Evening News, Newsquest
Keith Morris, Network Norfolk
Robert Thompson, Editor BBC East
Dean Tucker, Future Radio
Simon Wright, Anglia TV Programme and Digital Editor
5.00pmWorkshops: Opportunity for faith groups and individuals to present their stories of interest to journalists, through a variety of conversations  
5.45pmPlenary – what have we learned – next steps.
6.15pm  Networking and Refreshments  


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