As advocates for excellence in broadcasting that explores belief, ethics or morality, the Sandford St Martin Trust is committed to making the case for creative, thoughtful and entertaining content that furthers our understanding of how religion – whether you’re a believer or not – affects the world around us.

Since 2014 this has seen the Trust form new partnerships with organisations like the Edinburgh International TV Festival, the Media Society, Sheffield Doc/Fest, the Insight Film Festival and many more. Our newest initiatives are the Sandford St Martin Media Salons, run in cooperation with organisations like Full Fact and the House of St Barnabas in Soho and partially supported through a grant by the Allchurches Trust, these events are aimed at encouraging conversations between media experts, practitioners and audiences about some of the biggest issues in broadcasting, journalism and the media coverage of religion and ethics today.

For more information about our work and forthcoming events follow us on social media. To discuss potential partnerships or ideas for future events, please contact admin@sandfordawards.org.uk

Previous Events

WHY BLACK MEDIA MATTERS

OCT 28 2021 – A live and in-person Sandford St Martin Media Salon exploring the issues around the media representation of diverse communities and their stories. Featuring Bernard P Achampong (Founder of the digital development company Unedited), Ngunan Adamu (journalist, broadcaster, “Nigerian Scouser” and Sandford St Martin Trustee), Ibrahim Kamara (digital entrepreneur and co-founder of GUAP, which has grown from the world’s first video magazine to becoming a multi-platform youth media brand) and Chine McDonald (broadcaster and head of public engagement at Christian Aid).

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WHAT 4? How will the privatisation of Channel 4 affect religious diversity?

SEPT 6 2021 – On the day Channel 4 launched its new Leeds headquarters and a week before the deadline for public submissions to the government’s inquiry on the future ownership of Channel 4 our Media Salon considered how privatisation could impact Channel 4’s public service content, particularly the quantity and quality of religious and ethical programming on offer, and how would the change impact the UK’s creative sector.

A live online discussion featuring Aaqil Ahmed, Maggie Brown and Marcus Ryder MBE, chaired by Torin Douglas.

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Broadcasting in the Time of Corona: strategies for Journalists and Producers

Broadcasters and content-makers talk about how their work changed and how they have adapted to meet the challenges imposed by COVID-19.

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FOR SAMA: Journalism Under Siege

The Trust’s first online Media Salon featured directors Waad al Kateab and Edward Watts talking about how they made the multi-award winning feature documentary ‘For Sama’, the future of reporting from Syria and other conflict zones, the international response and how their film has affected our understanding of war.

To find out more about the campaign to end the targeting of healthcare facilities in Syria visit: https://www.actionforsama.com/.

Is Truth Dead?

What is truth in media in a post-truth world? In the wake of a general election campaign when issues of trust dominated the agenda, at a time when the US President whose preferred mode of communication is Twitter was facing his first impeachment, and in the face of the rising influence of news-by-algorithm on social media, we asked: How can you tell whether or not someone is telling the truth? And do journalists and broadcasters need to change their tactics when it comes to reporting and representation?

Is Truth Dead? featured the writer and broadcaster Trevor Phillips, LBC’s Political Editor Theo Usherwood, the Sunday Times journalist Rosamund Unwin and William Moy Director of Full Fact, an independent fact checking charity, live in conversation at the House of St Barnabas in Soho.

Edinburgh TV Festival

Billed by the Edinburgh TV Festival organisers as one of the Festival’s hottest debates ‘God: TV’s Holy Grail?’ asked whether its time to for television execs to rethink their idea of what audiences want when it comes to religion.

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Media Society Debate

Co-produced in partnership, this sold-out debate was described by the Guardian’s Roy Greenslade as “one of the most illuminating Media Society events I’ve ever attended”.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest

“Religious Docs: Who Needs Them?” was produced by the Trust for one of the world’s most influential media festivals and brought together commissioners and programme-makers from across the industry to discuss the creative and commercial opportunities offered by engaging with religion.

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Church and Media Conference

“More TV Vicar?” explored screen depictions of clergy and asked what these versions say about public attitudes to religion and how they reflect the challenges facing the church.

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