Distancemedia plans relaunch
IBRA Media and partners Radio Worldwide, both ICTI members, have announced plans to revamp their Distancemedia online learning service focusing on the key elements of successful disciple making movements using media skills.
Distancemedia started life in 2003 and alumni include leaders of media ministries, heads of media training centres, successful producers and many more. Over the years courses have been offered in English and Arabic as well Mandarin and French. In 2014 Distancemedia 2.0 was launched, with a clear focus on urban youth passionate about Jesus, wanting to share their gospel stories using social media. Using smartphones for producing media content to share via social media networks has been the focus of the courses.
The Distancemedia leadership sees the latest development as a natural extension of the current course offering. “The new shape of Distancemedia will reflect Jesus’ call to ‘Go and make disciples’” said Svante Hektor, Distancemedia’s Global Executive Director. “We have listened to urban youth, collected questionnaire input and now we have started building new Online Exploring Labs.”
The new social common space is expected to be launched in May with the Online Exploring Labs starting from August onwards. In these labs there will be opportunities to explore and learn about creating relevant content to make disciples, using media created using a smartphone.