Anglican Media is the communications department of the Diocese. Its principal role is to provide internal and external communications which support the mission of the Anglican Church in Melbourne and beyond, primarily through the monthly newspaper TMA (The Melbourne Anglican), the TMA website, social media, and media liaison, strategy and advice for the Archbishop, bishops and other Diocesan leaders. The department collaborates with and supports the Archbishop’s media advisor, former Age journalist Barney Zwartz, in all areas of external communication.
The Melbourne Anglican
TMA is a monthly publication that brings together news and views on faith from Australia and around the world. Produced by the Anglican Media Melbourne team eleven times a year (with a break over the Christmas/New Year period) TMA has established itself as one of the best religious publications in the country, with a number of its contributors winning awards in the yearly Australasian Religious Press Association awards. The paper itself has won ARPA’s premier award, The Gutenberg, four times (in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2015), and won the Publication of the Year award in 2017. You can subscribe to TMA here.
In September 2015 Anglican Media launched a new website separate from the diocesan website. This standalone website gives TMA a stronger online presence and also allows for a number of features that were not possible, or available only to a limited degree, on the “News and Views” section of the diocesan website. For example, the new website allows for publication of a wide range of original material, including opinion pieces responding to current issues and events, news and photographs from parishes, tributes and obituaries, and film, television and book reviews. View the website here.
Anglican Media sends out a regular free e-newsletter featuring news and views from the TMA website, and links to items on spirituality, culture, mission, and religious news and opinion from Australia and around the world. Subscribe here.
Anglican Media, together with Barney Zwartz, organises the Archbishop’s public conversations in Deakin Edge, Federation Square. These conversations usually run five times a year, and feature special guests speaking with the Archbishop about prominent social issues.