God Goss bulletin launches on Norfolk radio
2009: “God Goss
”, a weekly religious and showbiz radio and online news ad, launched on Heart 102.4
across Norfolk and North Suffolk
on November 1
and its producer is now offering a media workshop
to help expand the scheme and offer media training.
The minute-long ad – an edgy, humorous mix of news and showbiz deliberately aimed at non-churchgoers – is being funded for a three-month trial by grants from Norwich-based trust Dreams and Visions, and Church Army and could potentially reach 185,000 people a week.
Dreams & Visions trustee Biddy Collyer, herself a columnist for the Eastern Daily Press, said: “We are delighted to be able to support this venture into the world of weekly religious advertising. Many people see the Christian message as outdated, but God Goss shows it can be absolutely relevant – not just to the 5% who go to church, but the 66% with some kind of belief in God.”
To help churches realise the potential of radio, and engage more with local media, a day-long “God Goss Workshop” of media training for Christians is being offered on November 28, from 10-4pm at the Fishergate Centre in Norwich.
The God Goss media training workshop will help you understand how the media works, how it can help you – and how you can help it. If you’re trying to publicise what’s happening in your church, this day can point you to some exciting opportunities – and pitfalls!
The God Goss Workshop will teach you …
HOW to spot a good news story
HOW to write a press release
HOW to be interviewed for a newspaper or on local radio – yes, you
HOW to run an advertising campaign
Discover the principles of good communication – and revolutionise your parish mag or church news bulletin.
The “God Goss Workshop” will be led by Ali Burnett, freelance radio presenter, Christian communicator, and producer of the “God Goss” radio ad. She’s had 20 years’ experience working in radio, TV and newspapers, and is also a member of ChurchAds.Net (formerly the Churches’ Advertising Network). There will also be input from Network Norfolk website editor Keith Morris, himself an experienced newspaper, magazine and digital journalist.
The workshop is aimed at: youth leaders, church leaders, parish magazine, newsletter or website editors, those concerned to maintain a Christian voice in society, those looking towards a career in media, church publicity officers and events organizers.
It will also look to raise support to keep the God Goss bulletin on Heart 102.4 for an extended run.
Lunch will be provided and is included in a fee of £5 each which will cover the whole event.
“I sincerely hope it’ll be enjoyable and fun,” says Ali, “but I ‘d urge people to attend, and bring as many as possible, just because It could be the most important event you’ll ever get to. This day really is crucial to what Christians are here for. Jesus left us two commands: one – love each other, and two – go tell. This is all about go tell – and in a way which, at last, will reach the missing generations: 20, 30 and 40-somethings who’d never normally go near church. If we can let them know what we’re about, that’s worth celebrating!”
Listeners can hear “God Goss” weekly on Sundays on Heart 102.4 at 10.15 and 11.15 am, or online at www.godgoss.com