Sharing your faith, building community, growing professionally, and acknowledging the accomplishments of our colleagues, it’s the 2020 Virtual Catholic Media Conference.

Highlights include:

• Tuesday evening: 

            2:00 CT Welcome

            2:15 CT Keynote Panel Presentation from the Vatican: 

                          Dr. Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Dicastery for Communications

                          Dr. Natasa Govekar, Dicastery for Communications, Theological-Pastoral Director

                          Bishop Paul Tighe, Secretary General of the Pontifical Council for Culture and Titular Bishop of Drivastum

                          Moderated by Julianne Stanz, Director of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay

            3:15 CT "Happy Hour" Networking

• Wednesday master camps and CPA Memorial Mass

• Wednesday Young Adult Social Hour

• Thursday session, regional roundtables and Catholic Press Awards Presentation

All sessions are free, so please encourage everyone you know in Catholic communication to attend a session or three. The doors are open and we wish to share the talents of our presenters with all that are interested.

For some fun, gather your staff at 3:00 CT on Thursday, July 2nd for the Catholic Press Awards Banquet and the release of category winners. It’s a virtual party in the making.


• Editorial/Communication

• Business (Advertising, Marketing, Circulation)

• Digital Media


July 1st

• Session 1 (11-12:30 CT)

• Session 2 (2-3:30 CT)

July 2nd

• Session 3 (11-12:30 CT)

• Regional Roundtables (1:30-2:30 CT)


Session 1: Transforming Workflow

    Discover What Happens When You Rethink Your Process

   Kilian Schalk, PurpleGray, Cassie Magnotta, Glenmary Challenge, and Gretchen Crowe, OSV

Session 2: Strategic Planning

   Diocesan planning - How to communicate during time of change

   Gabby Hlavek , Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana

Session 3: Game of Thrones was right: Chaos is a ladder

   Which of the creative tools developed during the crisis will we keep going forward?

   Panel: Chaz Muth, Sam Lucero,  Anita McSorley


Session 1: Practical Alternative Revenue Sources

   Explore practical ways to generate revenue for your publication

   Bob Jaques, Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela

Session 2: Successful Circulation Models

   Greg Hartman, The Catholic Telegraph, and Jean Gonzalez, The Florida Catholic

Session 3: Why Print is Still Essential for Dioceses and Catholic Organizations

   Patrick M. O’Brien, FAITH Catholic


Session 1: Social Media Analytics

   Provides an overview of options for analytics for web traffic and social media

   Tim Swift, Catholic Review

Session 2: The ABC's of Streaming: Post-COVID Edition

   This session will tackle all of the successes and nightmares we've experience with this technological marvel over the past few months.

   Allen Kinzly, Archdiocese of Atlanta and David Renshaw, Archdiocese of Portland

Session 3: Increasing Social Media

   Thinking outside the box, but staying in the book

   David Bisonó, Hispanic Ministry Resource Center