Maybe some apply here in the US or elsewhere. What do you think? Father George Plathottam, media secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India thinks bloggers could spread professionalism to traditional media forms:
In a country enjoying press freedom, we are not using it as effectively as we ought to. We may have many periodicals, but many of them lack a sense of mission and professionalism.
Most of Catholic press is ‘pietistic’ and ‘propagandist’. They don’t focus on vital issues. We should see less of those and campaign for a more upfront, relevant and people-friendly press.
More creativity is needed:
The church is too clerical in structure, and unless we create space for creative people, laity, youth and women in particular, to bring in their passion and resourcefulness, the church cannot move forward in communication.
My parish is looking at its own traditional media forms. Like almost every North American parish, we print a weekly bulletin. But should we? Most of our students bypass them on the way out from Mass. Almost every resident parishioner is connected online. Would we be better off blogging or tweeting?
We all have scarce resources of time and talent. Sometimes priorities need to be readjusted. What would happen if your parish cut the Sunday bulletin? What would replace it? Would people notice?