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Media workshop helps spread churches’ good news

Participants from Cambridge, Ipswich, Ramsey and Camborne heard tips and techniques to help get good news about their churches and Catholic organisations into the media, at a workshop held at St Laurence's in Cambridge on January 27.

Run by Diocesan Communications Director Keith Morris, who is an experienced journalist, the ten participants had the chance to discuss the opportunities that working with the media can provide and learn how to successfully promote their activities in the local papers, on radio, online and in their own publications.

Keith said: "The workshop is very interactive and the aim was for participants to go away with ideas for stories about their parishes and be equipped with strategies to help see them appear in the local media."

Run in conjunction with Rebecca Bretherton, co-ordinator for the New Evangelisation Commission, the workshop covering writing news stories and press releases, taking good quality pictures and using websites and social media to broadcast good news stories.

Rebecca said: "We want to tell people who we are, where we are and invite them to join us.A simple news article shows that the Catholic community has a message we want to share with people.The workshop gave us some excellent ideas to become more effective in our mission to bring the Good News to others."

Eilish Storey, from Ramsey, said: "I found the workshop very helpful and hopefully we will be able to put some of the ideas into practice soon."

Rosina Abudulai, Pastoral Assistant and Chaplain, at OLEM in Cambridge, said: "The evening was very educative and engaging."

Stephen Donaghy, from Ipswich, said: "Many thanks for the workshop and the notes."

The next media workshop will be held in the Norwich Deanery in the spring.

All are welcome, please let Rebecca know you are interested in

Pictured above, Keith Morris, top, with participants atthe media workshop in Cambridge.