Being organized for an event is now an intensely “social media” process.
In the run-up to World Youth Day with Pope Francis in Krakow, young Catholics from across England and Wales signed up for a Social Media Masterclass on Mercy.
Organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, the young pilgrims, otherwise known as World Youth Day Communications Officers received world class training from leading social media and news practitioners.
Course content included:
An insider’s guide to the media
The impact of social media in the newsroom
Becoming a dynamic storyteller
Using your smartphone to get good pics/vids
The program which ran on June 10 in London was designed to equip young pilgrims to ‘share mercy’ across the social media platforms and to create content which will have impact both online and offline. Snackable training videos were made available after the day for young Communications Officers unable to attend the Social Media Masterclass.
The training was created in response to Pope Francis’ invitation for young and old to bring hope and tenderness to the digital world.
In the run up to World Youth Day, the pope has invited young people, to choose a corporal and spiritual work of mercy to practice each month for the first seven months of 2016.
Pope Francis recently met with youtube vloggers and praised them for their work. The internet, text messages and social networks, he says are ‘a gift from God.’ He joined Instagram on the third anniversary of his election and has been on twitter since becoming pope.
Daisy Powles, a recent graduate and award winning photographer will be responsible for populating the Bishops’ Conference Instagram Account at World Youth Day. She attended the training and said “I am passionate about expressing the faith through the medium of photography. I think it is incredibly important that people in the UK are able to witness the World Youth Day week from the perspective of the young people who take part.”
The World Youth Day Communications Officers were available to create content and to be interviewed for online platforms. There were 65 World Youth Day Communications Officers who come from 17 different dioceses, one religious order and one new movement in England and Wales. Three members of the Krakow World Youth Day team were also in attendance on the day.
Source: Independent Catholic News