"Michael Thompson, general secretary of the Anglican Church of Canada, announced that he will also serve as acting director of General Synod's Communications and Information Resources department. Vianney (Sam) Carriere, the director of communications for General Synod, will be on a leave of absence for health reasons. Thompson invited staff to continue in prayer and concern for Carriere, and his wife Linda. In a brief written announcement to staff at the national office in Toronto, Thompson added that he 'will be looking to [the department's] Senior Manager Bev Murphy for her continuing attention to its day-to-day life and work'. The department of Communications and Information Resources includes the 'Anglican Journal', Anglican Video, online communications, graphic design, a church-wide database and ABC Publishing. The department is also responsible for corporate communications, media relations and the development of resources". [Text of entire article.]
The Rev. Canon Dr. Neil Elliot, Chair of the Communications and Information Resources Coordinating Committee, presented The Anglican Church Communications Review, a review of the Church House Communications and Information Resources Department, undertaken at the request of the Primate and General Secretary.
That the Council of General Synod receive the Anglican Church Communications Review and refer it to the General Secretary, the Communications and Information Resources Coordinating Committee and the Anglican Journal Coordinating Committee for consideration and request Council receive periodic updates.
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"The Anglican Church of Canada was in the forefront of Canadian Christian denominations when it established it video arm in 1988 under Lisa Barry. A vibrant component of the church's Communications and Information Resources Department, Anglican Video has always been committed to capturing the stories out in the field rather than recording them in the studio. Its first big project was documenting the inaugural Native Convocation (now called Sacred Circle), a national gathering of indigenous and other Anglicans held over two weeks in Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask., in 1988. Video is an optimal fit for working with indigenous people, says Barry, 'because First nations culture is rooted in oral tradition'. The church's video arm has also reached out to encourage the participation of Anglicans at large. In 2008's award-winning Amazing Grace project, for example, it used social media to collect footage of groups across Canada performing the world's best-known hymn. The project raised more than $100,000 for suicide prevention in northern Canada. 'People were even using their cellphones to send in their versions', says Barry". "Anglican Video's story has been one of rapid technological change. In the early years, Barry could scarcely lift the bulky cameras of the day and had to hire help. Now she travels light with digital camcorders and sometimes she does the shooting herself. She can edit footage on a laptop anywhere and upload it immediately, instead of sending tapes to Toronto". "We remain committed to telling the Anglican story to the world', says Barry. 'It's the most important thing we can do'."
Eight page insert (1-8) with May 2013 issue of Anglican Journal. Anglican Church of Canada Ministry Report. Insert produced by Resources for Mission Dept.
Chair of the Communications and Information Resources Coordinating Committee, the Rev. Dr. Karen Egan, and the Rt. Rev. William Cliff, Chair of the Anglican Journal Coordinating Committee, presented the final report from the joint working group on print publications. Before speaking to the report’s key recommendations, Dr. Egan reminded Council why the joint working group was formed, of its mandate, the approach taken to the work, and the findings of their research (see document #004-05-18-06, pages 6-7, and document #004-06-18-11, pages 3-4).
Be it resolved:
That this Council of General Synod recommend to General Synod the adoption of the transition strategy for national and diocesan print publications during the coming triennium, as proposed in the report of the Joint Working Group on Print Publications.
ADOPTED #CoGS 03-11-18
Bishop Cliff spoke to the key recommendations from three areas in the report:
The future of print publications (see document #007-05-18-11, page 5),
The mandate and governance of the Anglican Journal (see document #007-05-18-11, page 6), and
The mandate and structure of coordinating committees (see document #007-05-18-11, page 6).
At the end of the presentation, which was one of two this day, Council members received a preview of the questions they would be asked in the next presentation. Canon Ian Alexander, member of the joint working group, previewed the following questions:
1. Print Transition Strategy:
What are the pros and cons?
What will be necessary for success?
2. AJ Mandate:
Suggested changes to the draft mandate?
(See document #007-05-18-11, page 15)
Additions to the journalistic guidelines?
(See document #007-05-18-11, page 16)
3. Governance Structure:
Comments on the committee mandate?
(See document #007-05-18-11, page 19)
Editorial Board: Pros and cons? Keys to successful implementation?
In the second part of the Anglican Journal and Communications and Information Resources Joint Working Group presentation, Council members had the opportunity to respond to the questions previewed at the end of the first presentation.
Discussion followed in table groups and responses shared with Council. See Appendix A. Each table’s written responses were turned in to Canon Ian Alexander to share with the joint working group.
The motions from the joint working group’s report were presented.
During the consensus process, it was determined additional discussion on the first motion was required. Council members shared concerns with Canon Alexander who in turn stressed that the motion is not a ruling that print publications stop.
Be it resolved:
That this Council of General Synod recommend to General Synod the adoption of the policy and recommendations with regard to distribution of the Anglican Journal.
ADOPTED #CoGS 04-18-11 [04-11-18]
Be it resolved:
That this Council of General Synod recommend that General Synod endorse in principle the investment in an enhanced digital presence at the national and diocesan levels.
ADOPTED #CoGS 05-18-11 [05-11-18]
Be it resolved:
That this Council of General Synod instruct the Joint Working Group to complete work on an editorial mandate and journalistic guidelines, along the lines proposed in the present report, and taking into consideration feedback from this meeting, and that this be done before the March meeting of the Council.
ADOPTED #CoGS 06-18-11 [06-11-18]
Be it resolved that:
That this Council of General Synod ask the Governance Working Group to prepare an amendment to Appendix B of the Handbook of the General Synod of The Anglican Church of Canada to be brought to General Synod to give effect to the recommendations of the Joint Working Group on Print Publications with regard to the governance of the communications function of the church.
ADOPTED #CoGS 07-18-11
"The department of Communications and Information resources consists of about 20 communications professionals whose mandate is to tell the church's stories and to make sure that Anglicans across the country are aware of the things going on in their church. The department includes a wide variety of communication ministries including: corporate communication, the Anglican Journal, Anglican Video, Central Services, Circulation, Distribution and Information Systems, Corporate Communications/Web, Graphics and Print Production as well as the the Library/Information Centre.