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WELCOME TO THE SYNOD COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA UNIT

Need design, printing, copy writing, editing, web services or media training from a team that understands Uniting Church requirements?

The Victorian and Tasmanian Synod Communications team saves you time and headaches for jobs of every size!

Download our service offering brochure here (right click, save as).

 

SOMETIMES THE JOB OF VOLUNTEERING OR WORKING WITHIN THE UNITING CHURCH MEANS YOU’RE ASKED TO DESIGN A BROCHURE, BUILD WEBSITE CONTENT, CREATE AN AD, WRITE A MEDIA RELEASE, EDIT A REPORT, SEND A SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGE, PRODUCE A VIDEO OR PREPARE AN ANNUAL REPORT. PHEW!

The Synod Communications team works to make these tasks trouble-free. Our team sources competitive print prices to suit any size budget, we know the rules on how the beautiful dove logo can be used and we understand how to write in ‘church’ language.

There is nothing worse than discovering too late that you’ve paid a fortune and your communication tools are all wrong.

Because of the volume of work the Synod Communications team produces, our suppliers offer the best prices.

And we can ‘talk the talk’ when you feel confounded by industry jargon!

What can we do?

Why go to an external provider when the communication answers may be at your synod doorstep?

Let us help you to share the Good News of Jesus Christ together, living out the Gospel in fresh ways that pursue God’s mission in partnership.

We love meeting Uniting Church people across Victoria and Tasmania.

Here are some of the many services we can offer you:

• Proof reading • Media releases • Media training • Web hosting • Enews • Graphic design
• Annual reports • Flyers • Brochures • e-books • Illustration • Photo manipulation • Motion graphics • Animation • Video editing • Location filming • Brand management • Logo design
• Print management • Social media

OUR TEAM

PENNY MULVEY- DIRECTOR COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA SERVICES

Prior to coming to this position in 2010, Penny was director of Positive Media, a boutique media consultancy which offered media training and support, with a particular focus on reputation risk management, to churches, not for profits and other predominantly Christian organisations. Penny formerly worked as a journalist in radio and television and is deputy chair of Christian Media and Arts Australia. Penny has authored a book, Reputation really matters, how to guard your corporate image (Monterey Press, 2008) Email Penny.

DEB BENNETT, CROSSLIGHT MANAGING EDITOR

Deb Bennett is managing editor of monthly publication Crosslight and Crosslight Online, a news site updated daily. With more than 20 years of experience working as a corporate freelance writer and editor, ghost writer and communicator in the not-for-profit sector, Deb has worked for the UCA for many years. She is able to offer advice on all things to do with church communications. Professional editing and proofing of written material ensures your message is well-written and relevant, attracting and engaging as wide an audience as possible. Email Deb.

ROS MARSDEN, SENIOR MEDIA OFFICER

Ros Marsden has wide experience as a business communicator and media expert across online and print news publishing, live television production and the not-for-profit sector. She was Communications Manager for Fairfax’s Australian Community Media, a division of over 160 mastheads across regional, agricultural, the Canberra Times and Sydney suburbs. Ros also worked in advertising management at Fairfax, including The Age, where she encouraged effective word use to improve commercial outcomes. In her spare time she tries not to use her mobile phone on trains or in restaurants, a desire that prompted her to write F Bombs! The Handy Manners Guide to Make Your Life Easier (Wilkinson Publishing). Email Ros.

MIRNA LEONITA, GRAPHIC ARTIST

Graphic artist Mirna Leonita has been working for the Communications and Media Services unit since 2009. Her responsibilities include designing publications, brochures, stationary, posters, postcards and calendars for units in the synod. She also designs Crosslight, the monthly Victorian and Tasmania synod newspaper. With an Advanced Diploma of Fashion from the Melbourne School of Fashion and a Master of Visual Communication from RMIT, Mirna is available to assist with a diverse range of design requests.  Email Mirna.

GARTH JONES, DESIGN & PRINT SERVICES

Garth is a multi-discipline creative with ten years’ experience in design and illustration for motion,print, and interactive. With Honours in Graphic Design and Illustration from the University of South Australia (SASA), Garth has produced work for clients ranging from lawyers and government departments through music festivals, commercial television, comics publishers and fashion labels. Well versed in Creative Suite &andFinal Cut Studio, with extensive experience in interface design for the web and mobile, Garth has also developed exceptional client management and liaison skills through his freelance & business experience.
Garth has also taught secondary and tertiary design practice, worked as a mentor to young creatives, directed film clips for international broadcast, exhibited artwork in various local galleries, and regularly writes on pop culture for various websites and magazines. Email Garth.

TIM LAM, COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Tim has worked with the synod’s Communications and Media Services team since 2015. He manages the synod’s social media accounts and writes for Crosslight. Tim has experience in social media strategy, community management, crowdfunding and content creation for a range of non-profit organisations, including international development agencies, human rights publications and international student magazines. With a Bachelor of Media and Communications and a Master of Development Studies from the University of Melbourne, Tim has produced social media toolkits for a variety of clients in the education sector. He also coordinated a social media internship program for university students and graduates. Email Tim.

DAVID SOUTHWELL, MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

David Southwell is a communications specialist with over 15 years of experience working for some of Australia’s biggest media brands and outlets. His career spans reporting for local papers in Sydney, writing and editing for wire service AAP, writing and editing News Corporation’s flagship website news.com.au and sub-editing commuter newspaper mX. As a freelance writer his work has appeared in numerous publications including The Australian, The Age and the Walkley Magazine. Coming from a farming family of traditionally staunch and stern Methodists David grew up attending the Uniting Church and still dreams of Harvest Festival tables laden with country cooking. Email David.

NIGEL TAPP, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Based in Tasmania, Nigel has worked in the media communications industry – across the not-for-profit, government and corporate spheres - for almost 35 years covering writing, media management, crisis communications and strategic planning.
An award winning journalist, Nigel is a former Bureau Chief and Chief-of-Staff for daily newspapers as well as the practice manager of one of Tasmania’s largest public relations agencies.
Nigel has also advised a Federal Minister and State Opposition.
Since joining the Synod’s Communications and Media Services team in 2012, Nigel has provided communications advice on a broad range of church projects including Uniting our future, the Asset Strategy Program and the UnitingCare Network Project. This advice has related to both external and internal stakeholders.
Nigel is also the Secretary of the Presbytery of Tasmania. Email Nigel.


LYNDA NEL, PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Having rushed into a secretarial course as a ‘fall-back’ qualification, it was the foundation of a career that allowed me to work for the most interesting people around the world - property managers, university professors, an archaeological site manager, a headmaster, an airport authority manager, consultants, and church teams; in South Africa, America, H.K. of Jordan to the United Kingdom, and now Australia.  I have attended to everything from the stationary order to travel arrangements, minute taking to corporate events, from tender applications to correspondence. I now enjoy the diverse responsibilities of assisting the Synod CoMS team with administrative, and co-ordinate the advertising for Crosslight. Email Lynda.