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Multimedia coverage will make following General Conference easy

April 20, 2004  

By United Methodist News Service

Following the action of the United Methodist Church’s top lawmaking body will be as easy as logging on to a computer. The denomination’s communications agency is offering full coverage in three languages and through a variety of media—print, video and audio.

The place to go is www.gc2004.org, the official Web site of the 2004 General Conference. The site, managed by United Methodist Communications, already offers a wealth of features and background news stories on the assembly, which convenes April 27-May 7 in Pittsburgh.

United Methodist News Service will post reports to the site as quickly as possible after each major action, in addition to offering feature stories and daily wrap-ups. Coverage will include video reports from the news service’s UMTV unit, audio segments and radio-ready items, as well as still photographs. Free e-mail subscriptions to the print stories will be available through the Web site.

Visitors to the site will also experience the sights and sounds of General Conference through audio and video streaming. Key moments, such as the opening worship, the delivery of the episcopal and laity addresses, and the Service For Those Who Stayed, will be streamed live, along with all of the daily worship services. See the General Conference schedule at the site for details.

Through its multicultural desks at General Conference, UMNS will report news of specific interest to:
· African Americans, provided by Linda Green, a UMNS news writer.
· Koreans and Korean Americans, provided by the Rev. Sang Yean Cho, director of Korean Resources at United Methodist Communications.
· Native Americans, provided by Ray Buckley, director of the Native People’s Communications Office at United Methodist Communications.
· Hispanics and Latinos, provided by the Rev. Julio Gomez, a veteran of five General Conferences.

InfoServ, the free information service provided by United Methodist Communications, will be staffing General Conference and responding to questions by e-mail and phone. The toll-free number is (800) 251-8140; e-mail is infoserv@umcom.org. (UMNS, however, will not be able to respond to e-mail messages or calls from the public during General Conference.) Recorded news summaries will be available 24 hours a day in English, Spanish and Korean.

News media can contact Tim Tanton at (615)742-5470 Nashville, Tenn or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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