During the evening, Keith Morris, the diocesan director of communications, explained what makes a good news story; how to write one and then get it published.
The group of parish representatives for the New Evangelisation and parish press officers discussed how to make best use of parishwebsites and how to shareinformation with other Catholics across East Anglia using the diocesan newspaper and social media.
Brigid Rawlinson, a parishionerfrom Beccles,said:"Theevening shone a lightinto the world of journalists and it will help me communicate with them."
Laurette Burton, from Southwold,agreed: "It was very helpful and will help myparish give the widest possible publicity for our 100th anniversary events this year," she said.
The Beccles workshop has produced results already. A story about Bungayparishioner Mary Kirk's2,000-km pilgrimage on foot to Rome was featured in local newspapers and the national Catholic press. An article about Kittiwakes nesting at a Lowestoft church produced a great centre spread in the Eastern Daily Press and Lowestoft Journal.
The April evening was the first deanery media workshop coordinated by the Diocesan Commission for New Evangelisation.
The Commissioncoordinator, Rebecca Bretherton,said: “Having a presence in our local papers and online creates an opportunity to share stories of our Catholic life and mission with others. We will be arranging more workshop evenings across the diocese.”
Pictured above, Keith Morris, right, with participants atthe media workshop in Beccles.