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New film from Compassion Australia: Faith, Hope and Gloves

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An inspiring new 30 minute documentary, Faith, Hope and Gloves, is being released this month.

Produced and directed by Compassion Australia’s Creative Manager Andy Meier, the film tells the true story of the Hoppers from Mackay, Queensland: a family of five motorbike enthusiasts with a heart for children living in poverty.

After sponsoring Juan David through Compassion from when he was a young boy, the family travel all the way to the Dominican Republic to meet their now grown sponsored child—a brilliant medical student who longs to serve his community.

Community Representative – CV Asia Pacific, Melbourne

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CV Asia Pacific is seeking a Community Representative, for CV to promote yesHEis to the church within the State Capital, developing online evangelism and discipleship back into the local church. The Community Representative must be passionate about evangelism and maintain excellent interpersonal communication skills. The role is to promote the mission and to develop connection with local ministry leaders to communicate the vision and strategy for ministry partnership.

Film Distribution discussion paper

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Screen Australia is seeking input on its discussion paper regarding distribution for local feature films.

The paper called “Issues in Feature Film Distribution” looks at the challenges facing Australian film makers in a climate where “there is more content available than ever before but audiences are less willing to pay for it.”

Develop your greatest asset

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pgc_banner_300x150_1sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting

In addition to our holistic provision of service offered to the radio industry, PGC also provides People Development (for leadership and the entire workforce) helping you achieve accelerated success, especially when dealing with your greatest asset – your teams of highly valued staff.

Regardless of the industry or setting (blue or white collar), we train and mentor your core leadership in principles and best practice fundamentals that cross over and are highly relevant to most industries.

Five Schools in Three Days

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SP schools for Cambodia_DSC_4024_300x150sponsored article from Samaritan’s Purse Australia

In 2013, Samaritan’s Purse commenced our Schools for Cambodia program, aiming to construct 20 new schools in the Banteay Meanchey province of Cambodia in three years. Existing school facilities in this area are in total disrepair and classrooms are overcrowded leading to poor teacher performance and low student attendance. As the province is also in close proximity to Thailand, children are vulnerable to trafficking and child labour. By providing access to quality education, a whole generation can be lifted out of poverty and change the future of their nation.

Miracles Day changing lives

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Miracles Day is back!

On Thursday 27 August, 24 CMA radio stations throughout Australia will be partnering with CBM Australia to change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people.

Thanks to our radio partners, last year, Miracles Day raised 18,500 ‘Miracle’ gifts of sight. It was an outcome that far surpassed our expectations, so in 2015 we’re aiming for 20,000 Miracles!

Facebook Updates Video Algorithm

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Facebook is changing how it ranks videos, to focus more on views than engagement.

The site will now take into account how many times a video is unmuted or expanded to full size, when deciding how many newsfeeds to include the video in.

These measurements of how interactively people watch a video will be more important than the number of likes, shares and comments.

1500 Steps DVD hits USA stores

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1500StepsDVDCover_300x428Australian Christian film ’1500 Steps’ has been picked up by a USA distributor, with the DVD soon to be on sale across America.

The movie, directed by CMA member Josh Reid, has been selected for placement at Walmart stores across the USA and is also available in Christian bookstores in the USA and online. The DVD will be on Walmart shelves from Oct 6th.

The film is being distributed by Bridgestone Media Group.

Christiancinema.com published this review: “1500 Steps”: Run With Perseverance

Hope 103.2 sets world record with blanket drive

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Hope1032 blanket world record Aug2015_300x150Sydney Breakfast presenter Dan Widdowson has set a World Record as part of Hope 103.2′s winter blanket appeal.

The radio station held a blanket drive for Homeless Persons week, August 1-7. Listeners donated hundreds of new blankets and pillows for Parramatta Mission.

As part of the promotion the breakfast team planned to try and break the world record for the most blankets piled on a person, with Dan to co- host the show from underneath.

Townsville church gets Vision on-air in new suburb

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Vision Christian Radio is nearing another milestone with the latest new relay station to join the network.

After almost seven weeks of broadcasting in test mode Vision Jensen 88.0 FM in Townsville was officially launched on Tuesday 4th August, meaning Vision is now just three installations away from reaching 200 stations in QLD.

The license was obtained after an exclusion zone for TV in the Townsville area was lifted.

98five Sleeping Bag Drive

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Perth’s 98five is collecting sleeping bags for the homeless this week.

During Homelessness Prevention Week August 3-9, the station is asking listeners to donate new or clean used sleeping bags and basic hygiene essentials.

General Manager – 105.1 Life FM Bendigo Victoria

Written by Christer King Edeborg on . Posted in Radio Positions Vacant

There is a key vacancy at a leading community radio station in Bendigo central Victoria.

105.1 Life FM seeks applications from suitable experienced professionals to take on the role of General Manager. This role is responsible for carrying out strategic objectives outlined by its Governance Board. Life FM is also developing a future Central Victoria Connection Hub that will see us collaborate and assist other Christian community radio stations in the area. The General Manager will play a vital role in the success of the Connection Hub.

SPARC Leader Archibald Finalist

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JessicaLeClerc Archibald2015_600x300CMA’s own Jessica Le Clerc is a finalist in this year’s prestigious Archibald Prize.

Her work featuring artist David Hart, son of world-renowned artist Pro Hart, has been selected for Australia’s favourite portraiture competition and exhibition.

“The Hart family history and David’s personal story have always fascinated me,” says Jessica. “They are from a small farming community like myself and grew up on the land. Yet they still encouraged art and expression in way that has affected our country deeply.”

SPARC National Gathering, August 7-8 – Register Today!

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The SPARC National Gathering is an opportunity to participate in a growing conversation with Christians in the Creative Industries, at the intersection of Spirituality, Art and Culture. The National Gathering covers Film, Media, Music, Arts, Design, Technology, Entertainment, Business, Faith, Community and Culture, with great speakers and guests.

An unmissable two days together with some of the most amazing minds within the Christian community. Not just another event or conference, but rather an experience of participation and creativity that is unlike anything else.

Read more and register:


Interview Opportunity: Australian Christian Book of the Year Shortlist

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Australian Christian Book of the Year_300x150When Christian readers walk into a Christian book shop in Australia it’s usually filled wall to wall with American authors, with a sprinkle of British writers and barely a handful of books by Aussies.

Here’s your opportunity to help create an appetite for Australian Christian writing, by helping promote the nine shortlisted books for the 2015 Australian Christian Book of the Year Awards.

Each shortlisted author is available for interview by phone or skype in the lead up to the awards, which will be presented in Melbourne on Thursday 13 August 2015. (Contact details below).

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Heritage Films moves into producing

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A new Australian film project is gaining attention in the U.S. as a different way of making Christian movies.

After 11 years of distributing and promoting faith-based flicks, Heritage Films is embarking on their first ever production; and the story isn’t exactly typical Christian content.

Need your next on air appeal to be successful?

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pgc_banner_300x150_1sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting

We were all amazed to see many Christian radio stations in Australia receive record amounts of donations last month. These below are some of the keys we put in place to deliver a successful on air appeal for our client stations.

1. We as radio station leadership need to be prepared to challenge listeners and supporters alike to they should be supporting Godly activity, especially that from your radio station. Have a read of some of the headlines that stood out to me from one of the best books of fundraising (a biblical perspective). The book is titled “If God Will Provide Why Do We Have To Ask For Money”. Read this summary here.

2. Must have developed a ‘no ask’ relationship with all $1000+ donors between appeals.

3 Tips for Maximising the Impact of Testimonials

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“Let your testimonials speak for you and be the strongest asset to your organization’s success.” says Infinity Concepts’ Kirstie Ansell.

She says many organisations fail to use their best marketing tool – their clients (or in our case, our audience), or fail to use testimonials correctly.

“Like most everything in marketing, that content [testimonials] will only be a positive influence on your organization if it is put in the right place in front of the right people.”

Everyday Stories with Naomi Reed

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Naomi Reed_600x300_2New 60sec Radio Spots

‘Everyday Stories with Naomi Reed’ are 60 second pre-recorded radio segments that aim to connect with the human heart via everyday stories.

Each segment addresses a human longing or question (such as fear, friendship, guidance, patience, suffering etc) and tells a story of faith or Christian belief in response to that longing. The listener is encouraged at the end to keep going with God in their circumstance.

Naomi Reed is the well-known, best-selling author of ‘My Seventh Monsoon’ as well as five other books.

Social Media Tips for June Appeals

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social media icons_300x150With end of financial year appeals taking place around the country this month, CMA’s Social Media Strategist Haylie Price has put together an updated guide for social media posts during your radiothon.

The guide explains how to maximise the reach of your posts to potential donors through various Facebook tips, and includes a valuable reminder outlining what your social media goals should be during the appeal.

Haylie has also provided an updated list* of the latest Do’s and Don’ts to get your content seen on Facebook’s Newsfeed, according to the site’s current algorithm. 

2016 Kairos Prize for Screenwriting Newcomers

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Entries are now open for the $50,000 Kairos Prizes for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.

The awards aim to encourage new and beginning screenwriters worldwide who endeavor to create stories that are compelling, entertaining and spiritually uplifting, with the ultimate goal of bringing scripts to Hollywood that result in a greater increase in either man’s love or understanding of God.

Prizes of $25000, $15000, and $10000 are awarded to the top three entries.

Entries are open until Nov 2, with discounts on entry fees available for submissions made before August 15 and October 7.

Free webinar on legal issues for filmmakers

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A free webinar covering legal issues for film-makers will be held 6pm June 22nd.

The webinar will be hosted by not-for-profit company Arts Law, Australia’s independent national community legal centre for the arts.

It will explain the copyright basics all filmmakers need to know and how to clear rights and obtain licenses to establish a strong chain of title for your film.

Everytown Downunder up for more awards

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C15 Richard Attieh Best Film_600x300crFresh from winning the 2015 Graham Wade Pilgrim Media Prize and CMA’s 2015 Award for Best Film/TV/Documentary, Richard Attieh is in the running for two more international awards.

The TV series ‘Everytown Downunder’ featuring gospel musician Steve Grace’s trip around Australia has been nominated for Best Series and Best TV Format at the International Christian Visual Media Conference in Florida later this month.

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General Manager – Reach Beyond, Kununurra WA

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Reach Beyond is a Christian not-for-profit ministry broadcasting the gospel to the Asia Pacific region 7 days a week in 29 languages. Our vision is to make the gospel more accessible to unreached people groups and those that have limited or restricted access to the gospel.

Based at our Broadcast facility in the beautiful Kimberley region of Western Australia, this unique and exciting ministry opportunity is ideally suited to a person seeking to be fulfilled in a ‘second-half’ career with a passion for kingdom impact and a sense of adventure.

Keys to a successful Sales Push

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pgc_banner_300x150_2sponsored article from Phil Gray Consulting

Testimonial for Phil Gray Consulting:

Nathaniel Garvin – General Manager ultra106five Hobart Tasmania

“We have just completed our first Sales Push with Phil Gray Consulting and I’m pleased to be able to report that it was a great success. Phil showed great flexibility in how he worked with my team and I, and we are more than satisfied with the twenty 12 month contracts [the highest number of contracts sold in a single sales campaign for ultra]. A sales push like this has the ability to create momentum for your sales team and change your financial outlook through a single initiative. I highly recommend Phil.”

Keys to a successful Sales Push Campaign with Phil Gray Consulting:

Content Specialist – CV Asia Pacific, Sunshine Coast

Written by Renee Garvin on . Posted in Old Stories

CV Asia Pacific is seeking a Content Specialist, specialising in commissioning and outsourcing content production. The Content Specialist must be passionate about online evangelism with the experience of coordinating and collaborating with external resources to execute a creative brief. Whilst operating within the sphere of Christian ministry, CV has the feel of a start-up based organisation. With it’s rapidly growing software development team and innovative approach to evangelism, CV is looking for called, energetic, ambitious, creative individuals who are good at working in teams and love to share the good news of Jesus.

5 ways Board Members can support fundraising (without making an ask)

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from Pursuant’s ‘The Digital Drip’

Most people are afraid to ask for money. Pursuant’s Rachel Muir says Board members often fail at fundraising because expectations aren’t clearly spelled out in recruitment. She says a thorough board contract should detail every possible way your board member can support the organization, including these five ways board members can support fundraising without ever making an ask: