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T he Catholic Media Conference in Quebec City June 20-23 is bringing together local media experts and Catholic Press Association members to lead hour-long workshops on writing, editing, photography, advertising, circulation, social media, video and communication. Above is a sneak peek at what the National Planning Committee is organizing for attendee. Registration for the CMC is now open. The conference will be held at Laval University. Registration was lowered to $350 for members and partner organizations. The fee includes all workshops, the opening reception and banquet, two lunches and one dinner. The CMC is being held in conjunction with the Signis World Congress, also held at Laval University. Lodging can be arranged for as little as $44 a night on campus or in a local hotel. To register or for more details on the CMC, visit catholicpress.org . For more information on tourism in Quebec City, visit By Matthew Gambino CatholicPhilly.com Catholic news media might be the remedy for three of the greatest challenges facing the church in the United States today, according Gregory Erlandson, who spoke Jan. 30 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in suburban Philadelphia. Erlandson, director and editor in chief of Catholic News Service and a former president of the Catholic Press Association, delivered the Cardinal John Foley Lecture for about 50 attendees at the seminary, including Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput. In his talk, Erlandson recalled the words of Cardinal Foley that could be considered the mission statement of Catholic communicators. Media professionals, the cardinal said only weeks before his death in 2011, have a "sacred bond" with media consumers. "They look to you for information, for formation, for inspiration," the cardinal said at the time, repeating a theme he had offered Catholic journalists many times in his long ministry in the church and in the Catholic press. The late Cardinal Foley was editor of The Catholic Standard and Times newspaper in Philadelphia from 1970 to 1984 when he was named to lead what was then the Pontifical Council for Social Communications at the Vatican. Crises in context Cardinal Foley supported and encouraged generations of Catholic journalists, and his words still apply to the issues facing Catholics and journalists today, Erlandson suggested. He offered context to his talk titled "The Power of the Word: Catholic News Media and Spiritual Formation" by describing three crises in the church today. "My conversations with Catholics around the country suggest that they are unaware . . . of the challenges we face now and will face 'in extremis' in the near future," Erlandson said. First, an aging priesthood faces a "demographic cliff" that in coming years will not have enough active priests to sustain parish life in the United States as it is structured today. "Each year an average of about 400 new priests are ordained nationwide, while an average of 1,500 Please turn to page 2 THE CATHOLIC JOURNALIST CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA VOLUME 69 NUMBER 2 MARCH 2017 "The regular appearance of a Catholic publication with news, analysis, columns and features in a virtual or actual mailbox does more to help form more adult Catholics than any other method or tool." - Greg Erlandson at what you'll find at the CMC this year Newspaper Editing in a Tweet-Driven World - with Mary Solberg Fundraising tips - with Kevin Shanley How to create apps on a budget for your publication - with Cathy Dee Crisis communication - with Barry McLaughlin How editors should assign and edit photo s - with Mirko Petricevic Video storytelling - with Chaz Muth Catholic news media called best answer to crises in the church Erlandson

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