From time to time every member of clergy will receive a call from a journalist. This could be about something positive happening within the church or more often after a tragedy, an allegation or negative news story. The tips below are aimed to help you through what can be a stressful situation.

  • Call the Communications Office – we can offer advice or be the point of contact for the media to take the pressure off you.
  • If the enquiry is about a negative story or allegation direct the journalist to the Communications Office. It is not always appropriate to comment on every media request. 

 

  • Remember that “the media” isn’t the enemy! Being interviewed can be an invaluable opportunity to share your message with the wider public.
  • Avoid speaking “off the cuff”, be polite and offer to phone them back once you have thought about a comment.
  • Use this time to prepare and make sure you have all the information you need.
  • Only agree to talk about a subject you are confident about. If you can’t help, offer to get someone who can or forward them to the communications office.
  • Remember that there is no such thing as “Off the record”. Don’t say anything you wouldn’t be happy reading on the front page of The Times.
  • Use simple, positive, everyday language. Avoid church jargon!
  • Deliver with enthusiasm and energy!
  • Enjoy yourself and let the communications office know when you are being interviewed and when the item will be published or broadcast. 

 

Communications Office

communications@derby.anglican.org

01332 388680

07540 120899

The Diocese of Derby

For SatNav directions, please use DE1 3DR. However, please note that the car park behind Derby Church House (Derby Cathedral Car Park) is contract only Monday-Friday and so unavailable to visitors. Paid parking is available at Chapel Street Multistorey Car Park (DE1 3GU), Park Safe (Bold Lane) DE1 3NT and the Assembly Rooms Car Park (DE1 3AF). Derby Cathedral Car Park is available as paid parking on Saturdays and Sundays.


Contact and Find Us

Derby Church House

Full Street, Derby DE1 3DR

01332 388650

Email: 

enquiries@derby.anglican.org

Map and parking information

 

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