Being new to the Catholic media world, I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but I knew that the information gained from this convention would be of great value.
Several seminars were held each day with topics, including “Communications: Doing more with less,” Catholic media and parallels/distinctions from mainstream media, and – you guessed it – “the audience you’re not reaching: single Catholics,” a talk given by CatholicMatch CEO Brian Barcaro and the site’s blog manager, Christina Ries.
I took notes at all the sessions. The theme throughout my recordings always seemed to be directed towards content: Is the piece you’re writing Christocentric and faithful to the Magisterium of the Church?
The three-day convention also included movie screenings of films yet to be released, roundtable discussions with veteran members of the Catholic Press, and even an evening reception boat-ride through the rivers that run through the beautiful city of Pittsburgh.
The conclusion of the convention saw the Catholic Press Awards banquet, which honored the best work by Catholic writers throughout 2010.
The experience was invaluable and fun. What I’ve learned will help me tremendously as my own journey in the Catholic media blossoms, by the grace of God, in the years to come!
I think the most vital lesson I acquired during the conference was the knowledge of always keeping in mind the end for which we write, which is to lead souls to Jesus Christ.
I appreciated the chance to talk with people from all around the country and get their perspective on the challenges they face as writers and learn from them.
Next year’s convention will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., and I would recommend it to all Catholics who are interested in learning more about Catholic media, journalism and writings. It would be well worth your time!
Click here to read about the Catholic Press Association awards Paul’s employer, Joseph Karl Publishing, won last week.