Christopher Singh

What is Citizen Journalism?

Chris Singh talks about one way in which we can share stories online through social media – by being a citizen journalist. While we may not have been trained as a journalist, the essential tools are in our hands already. Mobile phones enable us to photograph, film, and record stories, and to share them with others through social media channels.

Citizen journalists see themselves as responsible to share stories – their own and other people’s – in order to communicate their message. What makes a good citizen journalist?

Wayne Pederson – Lausanne Media Engagement Network

Introducing the Media Engagement Network

Wayne Pederson talks about the Lausanne Media Engagement Network’s task to get churches, ministries and individuals involved in media-related ministry.

There are many opportunities for us to be involved through social media, so media ministry is no longer just for organisations with enough money to run a radio or TV station. ‘We have multiple opportunities and more tools in our toolkit to be able to communicate the gospel,’ says Wayne.

Wayne explains that we’re encouraging Christians to select media as a career – not just in Christian media, but in the mainstream secular media, where they can be salt and light.

Finally, Wayne talks about the need to help Christians use media responsibly, since there are dangers as well as opportunities and much to enjoy.

As we learn to use media more effectively among ourselves, we can see society changed.

Andy Crouch

Andy Crouch on Cultural Influence

Media has a vital role in making the gospel message available, attractive, and plausible. In this presentation from the Lausanne Global Leadership Forum in Bangalore, India, in June 2013, Andy Crouch considers the use of mass media (forms of media – primarily visual – which entirely transcend embodiment), elite media (primarily word-based media, which powerfully influence the creators of mass media), and social media (rooted in embodied relationships in a way which mass media and elite media can never be).