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How do I use this forum? Locked Topic 0 E. Freed-Brown Welcome to the CPA Forum! This post contains instructions on posting a new discussion topic, responding to posts, and subscribing to the forum. If you ever need assistance with the CPA Forum, contact Elise Freed-Brown at 312-380-6789. First, log in The CPA Forum is public, meaning anyone can view the topics and comments. Only CPA members may post topics and comments. Please log in to participate. Finding the forum If you are starting at the homepage, the link to the CPA Forum is listed in the menu under Community:    When you click "CPA Forum," You see the available forum plus the latest activity. Click "CPA Forum" to view all posts:   Posting a topic If you are logged in, you will see a small, grey menu above the forum posts. Click "New Topic" to create a new discussion:   Clicking "New Topic" will open an HTML editor that allows you to add and edit text, post pictures and video, and add hyperlinks to your post. Commenting on posts You have two options for leaving a comment. If you only want to respond with text, use the Quick Reply box provided. If you want to respond with HTML text, pictures, or hyperlinks, click "Reply Using Full Editor" under the box:   The full editor allows you to embed pictures, video, and hyperlinks into your response. Subscribe Subscribing to the CPA Forum allows you to receive instant updates on posts and comments via email. To subscribe, click the Forum Actions dropdown menu next to the "New Topic" link, and click the subscribe link:   After you click the "subscribe" link, it automatically becomes an "unsubscribe" link, which will take you off the mailing list for instant updates. You may unsubscribe from the forum at any time. Have fun with the CPA Forum.
by E. Freed-Brown
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Welcome to the CPA Forum Locked Topic 0 E. Freed-Brown Welcome to the CPA Forum! This is a platform for discussion about Catholic media and events within the Catholic Press Association. While anyone may view the CPA Forum, only logged in members can add topics or reply to posts. Please log in to participate. If you are not a member but have a helpful comment, email Elise Freed-Brown. Of course, some of the topics we post will revolve around religion and ethics. Some of those discussion may get heated. Please maintain a respectful atmosphere when creating a topic or responding to posts. Irrelevant, abusive or threatening language may result in deleted posts, suspension from the forum or intervention from the Logical Fallacy Ref. If you would like to report anyone's behavior, email Elise Freed-Brown. The CPA office will start posting topics on January 4, 2016. Please subscribe and keep in touch. The more participation we have, the better!
by E. Freed-Brown
Tuesday, December 22, 2015
How do you distinguish "real" from "fake" journalism? 2 E. Freed-Brown You can train here:
by L. Johnston
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Does Twitter cause media/news bias? 1 E. Freed-Brown While Northeastern University does their study, here's one who calls objective journalism a myth:
by E. Freed-Brown
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Civil unrest added to James W. Foley Guide for Journalists' Safety 0 E. Freed-Brown On August 10, the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation announced that it is expanding its James W. Foley Guide on Journalists’ Safety by adding a fourth seminar on the risks of reporting on conflicts, terrorism and violent unrest. Click here to read about the new seminar. There are helpful links at the end of the article. The safety guide is intended for college students, but the curriculum has helpful resources that should be useful to professional journalists in the field. If you have other resources to share, please do in the comments!
by E. Freed-Brown
Monday, August 14, 2017
Need a place to report violations of press freedoms/attack on journalists? 0 E. Freed-Brown In countries where journalists are constantly threatened with arrest, violence or death, the United States is a beacon for press freedoms. The U.S., however, is not immune to First Amendment violations or attacks on journalists. U.S. Press Freedom Tracker is a partnership of 27 media organizations that tracks violations and threats against journalist. You can check the website ( for incidents around the country or report a new incident. Hopefully you won't need it, but it's there if you do.
by E. Freed-Brown
Friday, August 4, 2017
Have you ever unintentionally gone in deep? 0 E. Freed-Brown PBS NewsHour posted an interview with Alex Goldman, host of the "Reply All" podcast. After Goldman received a spam call claiming that he needed tech support software, Goldman decided to start asking questions to see how much information the caller would give up about his company. Goldman originally intended to "blow off some steam" and mess with a scam artist. Instead, Goldman uncovered a seedy enterprise in which the callers are conned into becoming phone scammers. The PBS NewsHour interview is attached. On Thursday, the "Reply All" podcast will air Goldman's trip to India to meet one of the callers. It's fascinating to me that a few questions could take a podcaster half-way around the world. Have any of you tried to scratch the surface of a problem, only to learn that there is so much more to investigate? Log in and leave your answers in the comments.
by E. Freed-Brown
Monday, July 31, 2017
Digital archiving recommendations 0 T. Dermody A few sources have told me that our diocese is contemplating a capital campaign. While The Catholic Post pretty much stands on its own financially, I'd like to draft a proposal that one aspect of the capital campaign include funding to digitize our archives, which date to 1934. While I am aware of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance and will contact them about their ambitious project, I would appreciate hearing from editors/managers who have gone through this process independently in recent years to get their recommendations for companies that do this work and an idea of the cost involved. I'd welcome emails or a call. Thank you! Tom Dermody Editor, The Catholic Post 309-677-7031      
by T. Dermody
Monday, March 27, 2017
Advertising billing software 0 V. O'Shea Hello! Just trying to get an idea of what billing software other papers are using for print and web advertising. Any suggestions? Pros? Cons? Thanks in advance or your help.
by V. O'Shea
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
CMSM-LCWR Media Release: Trump: The Joy and Responsibility of Leadership 0 E. Freed-Brown The Conference of Major Superiors of Men and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious released a joint letter to President-Elect Donald Trump:                                                                                   Trump: The Joy and Responsibility of Leadership SILVER SPRING (January 18, 2017). The Presidents of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) representing the elected leaders of more than 55,000 Catholic religious sisters, brothers, and priests sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump reminding him of the gift and responsibility of leadership. LCWR President, Mary Pellegrino, CSJ and CMSM President, Brian Terry, SA write out of their concern for the critical needs facing the country and the world today, and the call to respond through the service of leadership. They express deep concerns about the “fractures and divisions” that “threaten the well-being and freedom of all Americans and those who have fled in fear to our shores and borders.” They urge all of us to commit to “respectful and dignified civil discourse.” Sister Mary and Father Brian invite President-Elect Trump and his administration to join them in promoting the “common good” and  they renew their own commitment to “actively advocate against promoting the privilege of some over the needs of others and turning away from our shores those who are in need.” They make this commitment in the context of the Holy Father’s message for the World Day of Peace and they urge President-Elect Trump “to join us in accepting Pope Francis’ challenge to political and religious leaders to apply the Beatitudes in the exercise of our respective responsibilities. ‘It is a challenge,’ the pope writes, ‘to build up society, communities and businesses by acting as peacemakers. It is to show mercy by refusing to discard people, harm the environment, or seek to win at any cost.’” The letter to President-Elect Trump reads as follows: The gift of leadership is given to American leaders by the “Right of the People.” Leadership brings with it a great joy and a great responsibility. We serve as Presidents of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), respectively.  Together we represent the elected leaders of 38,800 Catholic Sisters and 17,000 Catholic Brothers and religious priests who live and minister throughout the United States.  As elected leaders we know and share with you both the joy and the burden of this service. We and the members of our communities seek to be instruments of the reconciliation our people urgently need. In our poverty of spirit, we rely on the help of God and the example of Jesus, the one who came to serve us all. Since before the founding of our nation and often during its darkest hours, Catholic Sisters, Brothers and religious priests, ourselves often immigrants, have served the needs of both civic leaders and those on the outskirts of influence. We have chosen to live with those who were sick, dying or living in poverty. Our schools, hospitals and social services helped to build, shape and humanize American society by healing, educating and serving those in need regardless of ethnicity, religion, means or circumstance. Then and now, we strive to bring healing, hope and consolation in the face of sadness and despair. As religious leaders, we are committed to contemplative prayer which compels us to take a long, loving look at what is real, to name its truth and to respond lovingly to its call through our service and leadership. We write today from this contemplative space, immersed in the Gospel call for all of us to grow in unity, peace, dialogue, and ultimately, conversion to the Reign of God.  We are deeply concerned by the fractures and divisions—seen so clearly during this past election season—which continue to threaten the well-being and freedom of all Americans and those who have fled in fear to our shores and borders. We remember how we struggled at our country’s very foundation as strangers and pilgrims in this land. From this humble beginning, we celebrate how the United States of America has often been a beacon of hope and unity to a broken world. We rejoice in how our diversity has been our strength. America is at its best when its people come together to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles with ingenuity and creativity even going so far as to courageously risk their lives to transform conflict into peace.  Jesus Christ’s Gospel of Love is the charter that moves us to action. In order to be “one nation under God,” we believe we are all called to live as true ambassadors of reconciliation, in all places and all times, so “that all may be one” (John 17:21).  We believe that we need a President who transcends party politics and personal agendas in order to heal deep divisions that threaten the stability of our nation.  We strongly believe that we all need to be dedicated to respectful and dignified civil discourse with those whose positions differ from our own.  We pledge our own efforts toward this end.  To the extent that the new administration seeks to promote the common good through its policies, practices and people, we stand ready to collaborate. We will actively work for the preservation of the dignity of all whose home is here in America and to welcome those who come to our shores in search of safety, freedom and a life worthy of their dignity. We will also actively advocate against promoting the privilege of some over the needs of others and turning away from our shores those who are in need. Together, we have the opportunity to advocate for and build a just, merciful and humane society worthy of the dignity of all.  We invite you to join us in our constant prayer and hope that God might act in our hearts and through our actions as leaders.  We urge you to join us in accepting Pope Francis’ challenge to political and religious leaders to apply the Beatitudes in the exercise of our respective responsibilities.  (Pope Francis, World Day of Peace Message, January 1, 2017)  “It is a challenge,” he writes, “to build up society, communities and businesses by acting as peacemakers.  It is to show mercy by refusing to discard people, harm the environment, or seek to win at any cost.” We pledge the service of our leadership and urge you to pledge yours toward this great endeavor of building a truly good and just society.  We congratulate you on your inauguration and assure you of our prayers as you begin your service as President of the United States.   Contacts:             Bob Bozek –  CMSM Director of Operations and Communications, 301- 588-4030 (office), Annmarie Sanders, IHM – LCWR Director of Communications, 301-588-4955 (office),     
by E. Freed-Brown
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Website Creation 0 L. Braud I am in search of a person/company that can help us in the creation of website. Our current site is nearly three years old and will need updating soon. I am hoping to find someone that is affordable and easy to work with since we are a missionary organization. Thanks!
by L. Braud
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Ideas for CPA webinars 0 E. Freed-Brown CPA is restarting its webinar program. We invite CPA members to share suggestions for speakers or webinar topics. To make a suggestions, click here to fill out a four-question survey, email Jennifer Brinker at, or leave it in a reply to this post.
by E. Freed-Brown
Monday, January 9, 2017
Proposal to save the media 0 E. Freed-Brown French economist Julia Cagé proposes a solution for the "public's deep distrust of the media" in her new book Saving the Media: Capitalism, Crowdfunding, and Democracy (Harvard/Belknap). Read the interview on Forbes and let us know what you think.
by E. Freed-Brown
Thursday, January 5, 2017
What do you think about the future of journalism? 0 E. Freed-Brown Poynter published an interview with recent college grads who are pursuing journalism careers. The graduates talk about the reasons they want to work in journalism and their hopes (and fears) for the future of their profession. What are your thoughts about the future of journalism? Do you agree with the interviewees?
by E. Freed-Brown
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
USCCB General Assembly 0 E. Freed-Brown The USCCB General Assembly will meet in Baltimore, November 14-26. The agenda includes: Elections for USCCB President and Vice President Election for Committee Chairmen Report from Peace in Our Communities task force Visit the USCCB website for updates during the week. If you have any articles/resources to post, please do!
by E. Freed-Brown
Monday, November 7, 2016
Closing events for Jubilee of Mercy 0 E. Freed-Brown Vatican Radio reported on closing events for the Jubilee Year of Mercy:
by E. Freed-Brown
Friday, November 4, 2016
Unique travel guide highlights Quebec province’s spiritual treasures 0 M. Schiller If you plan on attending CMC17 in Quebec you should read David Gibson's CNS review of the new book "Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec. It will help you prepare for your visit to this beautiful province. And if you're not planning on coming to Quebec for CMC17: you should really read about this book - it will change your mind!   Unique travel guide highlights Quebec province’s spiritual treasures   David Gibson, CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE               “Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec” by Siham Jamaa. A Ulysses Travel Guide (Montreal, 2016). 256 pp., $19.95.               Just as France has its castles, Canada’s Quebec province “has its churches,” writer Siham Jamaa observes in her newly published “Guide to Spiritual and Religious Journeys in Quebec.”             I doubt that many travelers return home from this inviting, French-speaking region without visiting at least one or two of its historic religious sites.             This is not a typical travel guide. No lists are found here of choice hotels and restaurants, for example.             Instead, Jamaa introduces the religious history of the province reflected in its greatest shrines and its museums, churches or even cemeteries. She tells the stories, too, of numerous key figures from the past who shaped that religious history.             Many traveling to Quebec are aware before leaving home of just a few of the province’s best known religious sites. A guide like this helps to ensure that they won’t miss out on wonderful but less well-known sites right around the corner from those that they planned in advance to visit.             The Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral in Quebec City stands out for all to see in the heart of Old Quebec. But virtually “around the corner” from it one finds the historic Ursuline Convent complex, situated on a little street that really will make you feel like you’re in Paris!             The convent’s museum recalls the influential role the sisters played in the education of young girls during the city’s early days.             Visitors to Montreal are unlikely to miss the grand Notre Dame Basilica, located alongside a large public square in the city’s old French quarter. “A treasure trove of sacred art,” the basilica fulfills an important role in “preserving the city’s Catholic religious heritage,” Jamaa says.             Moreover, many visitors are surprised, but pleased, to stumble upon Montreal’s Mary Queen of the World Cathedral while simply walking about near the city’s center.             It takes just a tad more effort to board a bus or hail a taxi for the ride to what for me is Montreal’s most rewarding Catholic site, the Oratory of St. Joseph. St. Andre Bessette, canonized in 2010, inspired the oratory’s construction, and his tomb is found here.             The story of Holy Cross Brother Andre, who died in 1937, is well worth hearing. People in his times called him the miracle worker of Montreal because of the many healings believed to flow from his profound devotion to St. Joseph. In telling his story, Jamaa also highlights the time he devoted to the sick, serving their needs, and I welcomed that.             Even travelers who are not much drawn to visit churches ought to visit the oratory, I feel. Located on the small mountain for which the city apparently is named, the oratory affords magnificent views of the surrounding landscape as one ascends by escalator to its principal worship space.             There one is greeted by magnificent wood sculptures of the apostles and by a simple -- and simply beautiful -– main altar.             The spiritual journeys suggested to travelers in Jamaa’s guide lead for the most part to Catholic sites. But the author also guides travelers to numerous Anglican, Presbyterian, Jewish, Hindu and other places of worship and prayer.             Places that offer the opportunity for nature to inspire reflective people are singled out too. One is Montreal’s huge, remarkable Botanical Garden, where “a new and contemplative view of the natural world” is encountered, says Jamaa.             The gardens at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape in the city of Trois Riveres also are recommended because, Jamaa says, they “will help you disconnect from the hectic world outside and enjoy a few moments of communion with nature.”             Montreal, Quebec City and their surroundings are priority destinations for many who visit Quebec province. In Quebec City many board a tour bus or drive to the much-loved, nearby shrine of St. Anne de Beaupre. The shrine “looms large in Quebec’s spiritual and religious life,” Jamaa writes.             There are good reasons why these particular cities attract travelers so powerfully. But this unique guide will tempt travelers to expand their horizons.
by M. Schiller
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Measuring social media response 0 E. Freed-Brown On the Catholic Academy Podcast, Billy Atwell interviewed Chris Pham, Communications Specialist of the Diocese of Saginaw, about measuring social media response. Together, they discuss ways to increase engagement for your social media posts. Have a listen here: Let us know what you think or share your own social media tips in the comments.
by E. Freed-Brown
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
BISHOP COYNE'S STATEMENT ON THE UPCOMING GENERAL ELECTION 0 M. Schiller BISHOP COYNE'S STATEMENT ON THE UPCOMING GENERAL ELECTION   In the current issue of Vermont Catholic Magazine and on their website and social media Bishop Christopher J. Coyne has published a very thoughtful reflection on our responsibility as faithful citizen's to participate in this year's election.  Bishop Coyne is the Bishop of the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, chair of the USCCB Communication's Committee and honorary president of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.  As we work to use every form of media to inspire, educate, and evangelize, we have Bishop Coyne's clear language to help cut through the rhetoric and hyperbole.
by M. Schiller
Monday, October 24, 2016
New book about fact checking reviewed by Chicago Reader 0 E. Freed-Brown The Chicago Reader released a review of The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking by Brooke Borel of the University of Chicago: Fact-checking, author Brooke Borel notes, is more than plucking facts from random sources off the Internet that prove or disprove a candidate's statement. It's a discipline in itself, requiring patience, tact, and judgment as well as proficiency with the Googles. "If journalism is the cornerstone of democracy," she writes, "then fact-checking is the building inspector, ensuring that the structure of a piece of writing is sound." Read the full review on the Reader website and let us know what books you recommend to help fellow journalists.
by E. Freed-Brown
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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