|Why Join the Catholic Press Association?|
What Our Members are Saying
Over the years, I have found the CPA, and CPA conventions, to be very important resources for professional enrichment, finding useful contacts, and opportunities to make my life as a Catholic communicator more fulfilling.
Msgr. Owen F. Campion, Associate Publisher, The Priest, Huntington, IN
Since joining the CPA over 11 years ago, I have had the opportunity to meet and network with many individual members who have openly shared their thoughts and ideas of the advertising world we work in. With their help and guidance, many of these ideas have benefited my publication.
Carlos Salinas, Advertising Manager, Arlington Catholic Herald, Arlington, VA
Benefits of Membership
Our members join for a variety of
reasons. Some join for networking and career growth, others for the fellowship
of our industry, and still others simply for our rewards program. Whatever your
reason for joining, CPA provides resources to help you thrive in your
Giving Catholics a Voice
Over 100 years ago, the seed of the
association was planted. It finally blossomed in 1911 with the understanding
that a united group could best serve the needs of the Catholic faith and the
right to protect that faith with viable publications. In tough economic and
religious times, the need for this unity is just as strong today as it was in
1911. CPA allows members to connect with each other to exchange ideas. In
addition, CPA connects its members directly to bishops and the Vatican through
conferences and webinars. CPA provides a number of services to keep Catholic
journalists and their colleagues strong.
Every year, CPA prints a current
directory of organizational and individual members. New members receive a
complimentary Directory upon joining CPA. Directories updated annually and
mailed to each member. Members can also search for existing members and send
out messages through our website.
Catholic Media Conference
The annual Catholic Media Conference
allows members to gather and discuss issues concerning Catholic journalists.
The recent addition of Master Camps and Education Tracks creates tailored
experiences for those seeking professional development. In addition,
participants of Master Camps and workshops receive Certificates of Completion
as a record of their improved skills.
Annual Awards Program
CPA acknowledges excellence in the
field with the annual Catholic Press Awards, Catholic Book Awards, the Bishop
John England Award and the St. Francis de Sales Award. Member publications and
publishers, large or small, may enter the Catholic Press Awards and the
Catholic Book Awards. A ceremony is held each year at the Catholic Media
Conference to recognize the winners.
In addition to the Catholic Media
Conference, CPA organizes Regional Conferences in the Western, Midwestern,
Southern, and Eastern regions of our membership. All members have the
opportunity to participate in professional development and networking closer to
CPA partners with other Catholic
organizations to bring relevant webinars to members. Webinars give the Catholic
press community a chance to exchange ideas and learn from experts without
having to leave the office.
CPA has an online Career Center that
is free for members. In addition to posting open positions, members can upload
a resume for potential employers to view on their online profiles.
The Catholic Journalist
CPA’s membership newspaper keeps our
community informed on best practices, first amendment rights issues, and upcoming
events. All members receive a free subscription to The Catholic Journalist and are welcome to submit articles for
Access to Sponsored Travel
CPA is connected to organizations
that provide opportunities for members to travel and advance their careers. In
the past, collaboration with the Israel Ministry of Tourism and Jordan Tourism
allowed CPA members to take free trips to the Holy Land. CPA can provide a
number of opportunities not available outside of the CPA.
CPA provides opportunities for member organizations to analyze and improve their procedures. Members may request a consultation to improve their business operations. They may also participate in the Catholic Communication Consultation Initiative, which moves organizations from reacting to events and circumstance to a proactive communication strategy with increased impact. CPA members may apply for grant money provided by the Catholic Communications Campaign to offset the cost of a consultation.