Inside The Media Blitz: What Might Ringing be Like in 2030?

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In this second episode focusing on engaging the media, host Cathy Booth looks at two sides of one ‘Ring for the King’ interview by talking to broadcast journalist Tim O’Callaghan and Simon Linford, President of the CCCBR.

Cathy learns that it’s hard to set the news agenda so if the media pick up on your story, you’ll need to act fast. And once a news outlet runs with your story, others may well follow so make the most of it!

For the CCBR, the recent media blitz is part of a much wider strategy focused on the future of ringing and attracting ‘good’ bell ringers – that stick at it, enjoy it, and add value to their towers. So, ditch the cold, dirty ringing chambers, grumpy old men and unrealistic expectations and begin the adventure of a lifetime of discovery…

About Tim O’Callaghan

Tim O’Callaghan is 26 years old and is a Broadcast Journalist at BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast. He has worked for the BBC for the last 9 months. He has previously worked for ITV News, where he was a Production Journalist for almost 3 years, working in various newsrooms across the North of England.

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Tim O’Callaghan
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Simon Linford

About Simon Linford

Simon Linford is currently President of the Central Council, having previously been Master of the St Martins Guild Birmingham for about 10 years. Simon’s ringing has a very great breadth, from teaching ringing at the Birmingham School of Bell Ringing, being Tower Captain at St Mary’s Moseley, running the Brumdingers youth band, and then ringing very high-powered peals on all numbers. He has rung many record peals including calling record peals of spliced on up to 16 bells. He introduced the concept of Ringing Zones with a series of articles in the Ringing World, and has recently written “The Core Seven and Beyond, A Guide to Treble Dodging Minor Methods”.

Top 5 Takeaways

  • Want to recruit some new ringers for your tower? Think carefully about the different communications channels you could use and who they will reach
  • Be creative with targeting your messages. Struggling to reach young people? Try engaging with parents
  • Be upfront about the commitment needed and time it can take to learn to ring
  • Preparing for a media interview – think about the top ten questions they may ask you and write down some answers so that you have these to hand
  • For more tips on dealing with the media check out the CCCBR website

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