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Free media workshop to help you promote your parish

Following a successful parish communications training evening in Beccles last year, a second free media workshop is to be run in Cambridge on Thursday January 26.

It will be run by Diocesan Communications Director Keith Morris, who is also an experienced journalist, and aims to provide advice and resources on how to get parish news and events featured in the local press. It will also offer the chance to discuss the opportunities that working with the media can provide.

It is intended for New Evangelisation reps, parish communications officers and any clergy that might find it useful.

Keith said: “The workshop is quite interactive and I hope participants will go away with ideas for stories about their parishes and be equipped with strategies to help see them appear in the local media.

“The previous workshop in Beccles resulting in a number of great stories appearing in local newspapers, on BBC local radio stations and in the national Catholic press.”

Some of the topics to be covered:

  • What makes a good news story and how to write one
  • How to write a press release and get it published.
  • What’s different about writing for the web
  • How to recognise and take a good news photo
  • How to use Catholic East Anglia and the Diocese website to promote what you are doing
  • How good communications and the media can help you achieve your church’s mission
  • Introduction to using websites and social media to promote your news

The workshop will be run in partnership with the New Evangelisation Commission, and coordinator, 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.”

The two-hour workshop will take place in the Upper Room at St Laurence’s Cambridge, from 7-9pm on Thursday January 26. To book a free place, contact Rebecca at

Pictured above, Keith Morris, right, with participants at the media workshop in Beccles.

Read a report on the previous workshop below

Beccles media workshop produces instant results