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David Sedeno

Dallas-Fort Worth RCC members, in lieu of the March meeting, are invited to attend one of three keynote sessions at “Communicating Through the Clutter”, a conference sponsored by UMR Communications. The presentations are planned to help you cut through the clutter and focus on some best practices for communicators

Choices are:

Finding Your Niche Markets Where They Live, led by David Sedeno, Executive Editor of the Texas Catholic at 12 noon on Thursday, March 22 at the Presbyterian Mission Center, 6100 Colwell Blvd, Irving, TX.

Jake Batsell

Converging Lanes of Communication, Jake Batsell, Assistant Professor of Journalism at SMU, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the Hyatt Place Hotel, 5455 Green Park Drive, Irving, TX

Is Print Green?, Joe Polanco, President of Printing and Imaging Association of Mid-America, 12:15 p.m. Friday, March 23 at the Presbyterian Mission Center, 6100 Colwell Blvd, Irving, TX.

Joe Polanco

RCC members and others interested can attend any one of the keynotes for $15 (payable at the event, check or cash) which includes the meal. Please email or call for reservations or more information, Deb Christian, dchristian@umr.org, 214.630.6495 x147 by Friday, March 16. More information about the UMR conference is available at www.umportal.org, choose Communicators Conference on the left.

If you want to attend the entire conference or other parts of it, let me know and we’ll work out some arrangement.

Deb Christian, Secretary, Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter RCC


Peace be with you.

The Communications Conference 2011, presented by UMR Communications, parent company of the United Methodist Reporter, was held at the Presbyterian Ministry Center in Irving on Thursday, February 24th, and Friday, the 25th. The event was previously called the Editor’s Conference – for editors of faith-based publications. Realizing that communicators often wear many hats, the UMR staff changed the title to the Communicators Conference.

The conference opened on Thursday with a luncheon followed by a keynote address by Rev. Tim McLemore, associate director in the Office of Public Affairs at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology, that set the tone for the conference. The conference was attended by communicators from the United Methodist Church and other denominations in various areas of the country. Workshops provided tips on organization, communication plans, branding, media choices, photos and Photoshop, volunteer optimization, financing for communications, writing skills, and online tips, tools, and tricks.

Tim McLemore

Presenters from the staff of UMR included Liz Applegate, New Media Associate, Erika Dorsey, Design and Production Manager, Cherrie Graham, Advertising Manager, and Mary Jacobs, Staff Writer. Other presenters included John Greenberger, COO for ReTransform (former CFO of UMR), Samantha Naeyaert, founder of Muddle Management (an organizing and efficiency company), Patrick Steil, owner of ChurchBuzz, and Patrick Shownes, Communications Coordinator for the Arkansas Conference of the United Methodist Church. Steil also gave the closing keynote address, giving attendees online tools they could put into action upon their return home.

As one of the communicators in attendance, representing Christ United Methodist Church in Farmers Branch and the Communications Committee, I can say that the conference was an enjoyable time of fellowship with fellow communicators. The conference is one of the few times some of us get to meet in person. The conference was also a chance share the problems we face as communicators. I’m already looking forward to next year.

See Mallory McCall’s article on the event in the UM Reporter. More pictures below.

Peace be with you.

Sam Hodges and Deb Christian

Liz Applegate

Tim McLemore

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