Dear Catholic communicators,

For the first time in our history, the Catholic Press Association will be hosting a virtual Catholic Media Conference. The Board of Directors believes this is our best course of action in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and financial hardships many of our members face. There will be no charge for the “Together While Apart” Catholic Media Conference.

Amy Kawula, the vice president of the association, and the National Planning Committee have developed a virtual conference that will take place June 30-July 2, with a keynote, live streamed Memorial Mass, workshops, regional meetings, a digital broadcast of the Catholic Media Awards and add-on educational sessions for two weeks following these conference dates.

Thanks to the hard work of the National Planning Committee, we have confirmed speakers for nine different workshops. Experts leading the editorial and communication sessions will focus on workflow, strategic planning and media after the pandemic. Business professionals will lead sessions on revenue sources, successful circulation models and print advocacy. And finally, digital sessions will cover analytics, live streaming and stepping up your social media. (Sessions will be available online for playback.)

Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will celebrate a live streamed Memorial Mass for the association. Members will gather for digital regional roundtables. And, thanks to Chaz Muth of Catholic News Service, we will have an online watchparty for the Catholic Media Awards.

This year, we’re opening up most of the conference to any Catholic communicator across the country, from parish and school media professionals to communications experts serving religious orders and colleges to national journalists. We want to bring everyone together. We are stronger that way.

Thanks for being a part of the association. And if you’re not currently a member, please sign up for a session or two of our Catholic Media Conference. We have a lot to offer and we would love for you to apply for membership and join us.

Your brother in Christ,

JD Long-Garcia
Catholic Press Association