World Communications Day: A Catholic Media Conference, now in its 26th year, is hosted annually by DeSales Media for the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Pope Francis announced the theme for World Communications Day 2017: “Fear not, for I am with you. (Isaiah 43:5) Communicating hope and trust in our time.” The theme will focus on spreading hope and trust in the “Good News” of Jesus Christ.
The call to “Fear not,” according to the Pontifical Council of Social Communication, “is an invitation to tell the history of the world and the histories of men and women in accordance with the logic of the ‘good news,’” reminding us that “God never ceases to be a Father in any situation or with regard to any man.” We look forward to seeing you at the 26th Annual World Communications Day! Registration and program information will be available soon.
Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., Chief Executive Officer of the Salt & Light Catholic Media Foundation, gave the keynote address and was awarded the 2016 Francis DeSales Distinguished Communicator Award. 2016 marks DeSales’ 25th annual conference and the Vatican’s 50th World Communications Day.
The morning featured conference sessions including “Pope And Pope Culture: Radio in the Year of Mercy,” with Jennifer Fulweiler and John Harper, which was moderated by Lisa Jandovitz. “Exploring the Millennial Mind: A Conversation on the Digital Front,”moderated by Leah Libresco included Cynthia Dermody, Cory Heimann and Michael O’Loughlin. The final panel, “Refugees: Altering the Journalistic Narrative,” was moderated by Fr. Patrick Keating and featured Michael La Cavita and Edward Clancy.
The afternoon also featured a number of sessions including “Counting Catholics: A Guide to Telling the Truth Through Statistics,” with Leah Libresco; “Evolution of Catholic Media,” with Fr. Thomas Rosica, Elizabeth Scalia, Doug Keck, and Msgr. Kieran Harrington; and “In It, Not Of It: The Mission Ahead” with Danny Jacobs.
Austen Ivereigh, author of “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope,” and recipient of the 2015 Francis DeSales Distinguished Communicator Award, gave the keynote address at the 2015 World Communications Day.
There were two morning sessions. Growing the Diocese of Brooklyn Hispanic Ministry, the first session, in Spanish, was titled “Fortaleciendo La Familia Hispana/Strengthening the Hispanic Family.” The panelists included: Rev. Tomás Del Valle-Reyes, Producer and Director of La Tertulia Radio Program, Natasha Bisbal, the Manager of Hispanic Relations at DeSales Media Group and Host and Producer of Tu Fe al Día on NET TV, Dario Lopez, Journalist for Nuestra Voz, the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Spanish language newspaper, and Luis Alejandro Medina, Journalist for WNJU Telemundo 47. The second session was a technology workshop with Christine Mohan, Director of Digital Operations for DeSales Media Group; John-Mark de Palma, Digital Operations Manager at DeSales Media Group; and Charlie Hanger, Digital Media Consultant for DeSales Media Group.
Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, was keynote speaker and recipient of the 2014 Francis DeSales Distinguished Communicator Award at the 2014 event.
The afternoon featured three sessions. “Catholics & Controversy: Moderating Online Discussions on Matters of Faith and Public Policy” was moderated by Fr. Matt Malone, Editor in Chief of America magazine. Mary Deturris Poust, Catholic Author and Blogger, moderated “Stealth Evangelization: Using Social Media to Spread the Good News.” “Growing Your Audience with Likes and Love” was moderated by Teresa Hanafin, the Director of Engagement and Social Media at Boston.com and featured panelists John Demarchi, Founder & CEO of Social Czar, Grant Gallico, Associate Editor of Commonweal Magazine, and Tonia Ries, Founder of The Realtime Report & CEO of Modern Media.