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Religious Liberty to be Featured Topic at Crisis Publishing Initiative

Persecution throughout the world is escalating, millions of Christians live with gross insecurity, and the concept of religious freedom as a universal human right is being challenged. The Christian persecution crisis is among the key topics at the Crisis Publishing Initiative Oct. 15 – 18, 2017, in Sopron, Hungary.

In a plenary session, a workshop, and two case studies the crisis will be examined from all sides by a religious liberties analyst and Christian publishers experiencing persecution.

The Crisis Publishing Initiative is for Christians in publishing on the front lines, as they seek to find the truth in chaotic situations and publish the information their readers need in order to respond to crises as those called to be light and salt in a fractured world.

Elizabeth Kendal, an international religious liberty analyst and advocate, will present a plenary session discussing the challenges of reporting on religious persecution with the discernment, wisdom, understanding, and courage required of writers and publishers seeking to be a voice for the suffering Church. Continue reading “Religious Liberty to be Featured Topic at Crisis Publishing Initiative”

Refugee and Migrant Crises to be Featured at Crisis Publishing Initiative

With millions of people globally on the run and the biggest displacement of people the world has ever seen, the refugee and migrant crises are key topics at the Crisis Publishing Initiative Oct. 15 – 18, 2017, in Sopron, Hungary.

In a plenary session and three workshops the crisis will be examined from all sides by a Christian researcher and author, a senior news editor, and the head of a refugee ministry.

The Crisis Publishing Initiative is for Christians in publishing on the front lines, as they seek to find the truth in chaotic situations and publish the information their readers need in order to respond to crises as those called to be light and salt in a fractured world.

The current refugee crisis is affecting many of their readers.

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Patrick Johnstone

Patrick Johnstone, strategist, futurologist, and author, will present one of the plenary sessions discussing the astonishing growth of the migrant population throughout the world over the last 50 years, and exploring implications for releasing and receiving countries. He will point out likely future trends, highlighting the inevitability of a continuing challenge in migration. And he will suggest reliable sources of information and action plans to encourage Christians, challenge social attitudes, influence secular authorities, and impact society as a whole. Continue reading “Refugee and Migrant Crises to be Featured at Crisis Publishing Initiative”

American and German Foundations join Crisis Publishing Initiative as Sponsors

Magazine Training International (MTI) is pleased to announce new partnerships with co-sponsor Tyndale House Foundation and contributing sponsor Stiftung Christliche Medien, as they join the Crisis Publishing Initiative. The Crisis Publishing Initiative conference will be held on Oct. 15-18, 2017, at the Hotel Lövér in Sopron, Hungary.

The Initiative is for Christians in publishing on the front lines, as they seek to find the truth in chaotic situations and publish the information their readers need in order to respond to crises as those called to be light and salt in a fractured world.

“We value the opportunity to partner with MTI for the Crisis Publishing Initiative because we see it as another opportunity where we can pool the resources God has given each of us and invite him to act,” says Mary Kleine Yehling, vice president and executive director of Tyndale House Foundation (THF). Continue reading “American and German Foundations join Crisis Publishing Initiative as Sponsors”

Yes, you’re publishing in the midst of crisis

crisis-logo-CPIWhy should I attend the Crisis Publishing Initiative? I’m not publishing in the midst of crisis.

Really? Are your readers impacted by fears of terrorism? Or are they concerned about the influx of refugees into the country? Do they worry about the increase in violent crimes in their cities or the political turmoil in the country next door? Were they affected by the last flood, earthquake, or typhoon?

Face it. You are publishing in the midst of crisis, whether or not your publication reflects that fact.

Are you helping your readers understand what is really going on? Are you giving them the information they need to respond to the crises around them as Christians? Or are they dependent on solely secular sources for often biased information and angry, strident voices for opinion? Continue reading “Yes, you’re publishing in the midst of crisis”

Magazine Training International Opens Discounted Pre-Registration for the Crisis Publishing Initiative

Christian journalists, editors, publishers, and bloggers from around the world are invited to attend the Crisis Publishing Initiative hosted by Magazine Training International (MTI) Oct. 15-18, 2017, at the Hotel Lövér in Sopron, Hungary.

MTI is now accepting pre-registrations at a 25% discount from the regular registration fee of $450. The “Sunrise Special” discounted registration fee is $335, and is available now through April 15, 2017.

The registration fee covers a reception and supper on Oct. 15, lunches and coffee breaks Oct. 16-18, a banquet on Oct. 18, and an information-packed program taught by a dozen veteran journalists, researchers, and security specialists from around the world.

Pre-registration is available at http://magazinetraining.com/crisis-publishing-initiative-registration/ Continue reading “Magazine Training International Opens Discounted Pre-Registration for the Crisis Publishing Initiative”

International Christian Media Commission Joins Crisis Publishing Coalition

Magazine Training International (MTI) is pleased to announce that the International Christian Media Commission (ICMC) has joined the Crisis Publishing Initiative Coalition.

Coalition members are publishers, journalists, humanitarian organizations, and others who make up a board of reference for the Crisis Publishing Initiative to be held 15 – 18 October, 2017, in Sopron, Hungary. Coalition members advertise the program to their constituents,  recommend speakers, and serve as advisors to program organizers.

“Christian journalists face tough decisions and choices–especially in the Developing World,” says Andrew Steele, senior associate of ICMC Partners in Communication. “The International Christian Media Commission is pleased to support the Crisis Publishing Initiative as it provides a space where we can come together and engage with the issues that we each face, offering support to those who are under pressure and insight to home audiences.”

“We are pleased to welcome ICMC as a coalition partner for this institute.” says MTI President Sharon Mumper. “I look forward to working together in the future.” Continue reading “International Christian Media Commission Joins Crisis Publishing Coalition”

Hungary to be site of Crisis Publishing Initiative

A conference site in Sopron, Hungary, has been found for the Crisis Publishing Initiative, Magazine Training International (MTI) announced yesterday. The gathering will be held Oct. 15-18, 2017, at the Hotel Lövér, a three-star spa hotel which often hosts conferences.

The hotel has offered conference participants a reduced price of 44 Euros for a single room, including breakfast and supper, or 60 Euros for a double room with breakfast and supper included.

Sopron is an ancient town nestled in a nature reserve on the Austrian border. Located in a heavily wooded reserve, the spa hotel is a favorite of guests from Austria and Germany, with it’s many spa services as well as hiking trails and bike paths in the forest surrounding the hotel. Continue reading “Hungary to be site of Crisis Publishing Initiative”

Humanitarian Disaster Institute Joins Crisis Publishing Coalition

Magazine Training International (MTI) is pleased to announce that Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI) of Wheaton College has joined the Crisis Publishing Coalition.

Coalition members are organizations and individuals who make up a board of reference for the Crisis Publishing Initiative: Professional Training in Covering Crises to be held 15 – 18 October, 2017, in Europe. Coalition members advertise the program to their constituents, recommend speakers, and serve as advisors to program organizers.

“We have seen first hand the powerful impact thoughtful reporting on faith issues can have on communities impacted by mass and humanitarian disasters,” says Dr. Jamie Aten, director of HDI. “At the same time, we have observed situations where media caused more harm than good. Continue reading “Humanitarian Disaster Institute Joins Crisis Publishing Coalition”

Crisis Publishing Coalition Gains First Member

Magazine Training International (MTI) is pleased to announce that the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) is the first member to join the Crisis Publishing Initiative Coalition.

Coalition members are organizations and individuals who make up a board of reference for the Crisis Publishing Initiative: Professional Training in Covering Crises to be held 15 – 18 October, 2017, in Europe. Coalition members advertise the program to their constituents, recommend speakers, and serve as advisors to program organizers.

“It seems almost every day we hear of crises and tragedies occurring around the ‘world,” says Lamar Keener, executive director of EPA. “When we learned of MTI’s plans to host a Crisis Publishing Initiative in Europe, it made sense that EPA should become part of their coalition. We want to come alongside them and offer whatever assistance we can with the resources EPA has.” Continue reading “Crisis Publishing Coalition Gains First Member”

Christian Publishers Invited to Initiative on Publishing in the Midst of Crisis

Terrorist attacks, displaced refugees, war, hunger, poverty, and more crises plague the world today. Christian publishing professionals face numerous challenges as they report on the catastrophic events that effect their readers. Whether journalists are under attack personally or trying to help those who are, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

For this reason, Magazine Training International (MTI) will offer a three-and-a-half-day Crisis Publishing Initiative: Professional Training in Covering Crises on 15 – 18 October, 2017, in Europe.

“This Initiative is coming at a critical time in history,” says MTI President Sharon Mumper. “The world is embroiled in turmoil, and it seems every nation is impacted by multiple crises. Christian magazines have a responsibility to report on complex crises accurately and with sensitivity, giving their readers the information they need to respond as Christians.” Continue reading “Christian Publishers Invited to Initiative on Publishing in the Midst of Crisis”