Jennie Pollock
Why attend our Media Training day?

A couple of years ago, when I was running communications for a church and a network of churches, I attended the first media training day Natalie Williams led (hosted by our friends at Catalyst).

It was only a half-day back then, but she packed a lot into it. We learned about everything from how to write a press release to how to build the kind of relationship with your local paper/radio/TV journalists that makes them more likely to run your stories when you send them. We learned about what to do when concerns arise - how to handle the negative, as well as the positive media, and how to be well-prepared in the good times, so you're not caught on the hop if and when there is a crisis.

Natalie has since developed the material further and, in response to our feedback, made it a full day's training. She has delivered it to several church networks, and now is opening it to anyone who is interested.

Here's what to expect:

Date: Friday, 27 March 2020
Time: 10am-3pm
Place: Christian Medical Fellowship, 6 Marshalsea Road, London SE1 1HL
Price: £20 (doesn't include lunch - please bring your own, or there are plenty of shops and cafes available locally)
Delivered by: Jubilee+ Head of Communications & Policy, former journalist Natalie Williams (pictured above speaking on BBC TV about Universal Credit)

Content: Answers to questions like, 'How can I get my local media interested in our stories?', 'Aren't journalists just trying to trip me up and twist my words?', 'What do I do when my church/project gets negative reviews and comments on Facebook?', 'Someone is threatening to go to the press over something they’re upset about - what should I do?' and more.

Who's it for? If you want to know the answers to any of those questions, then it's for you!
It's for anyone needing or wanting to talk to the media about tricky issues or in response to local events, as well as those who want to see their events and stories featured more frequently in the local press. This includes - but isn't limited to - church leaders, trustees, social action project leaders, church building and office managers. Bring your whole office team and make a day of it!

Natalie is speaking from a Christian perspective, and the examples given will most closely resonate with churches and social action charities, but the principles are applicable across the board.

Book in now to avoid disappointment.

(If you've got any further questions, there is a link to contact the events team on the booking page.)