Where can you view video reports and submit your own news and views?
Right on the revamped Web sites of the Catholic Courier (www.CatholicCourier.com) and El Mensajero Cat√≥lico (www.ElMensajeroRochester.com). Beginning next month, both Web sites will offer new and intriguing features that clearly reflect how the concept of a newspaper is being redefined in the Information Age.
Some of the key features being added to the revamped Courier site are video coverage, generated both locally by Courier staff and nationally and internationally by Catholic News Service; a wider array of photo galleries; options for blogs and podcasts; the ability of readers to contribute their own material; diocesan coverage distinguished by region; and the addition of secure online ordering for such products as the Diocesan Directory, subscriptions and books.
“The new design is also more attractive and intuitive for readers to use,” said Karen M. Franz, editor and general manager of both the Courier and El Mensajero.
Franz added that El Mensajero is moving to a full-featured Web site from what was previously little more than a gallery of photos and digital reproductions of its print edition. In addition, whereas the printed El Mensajero is Spanish only, visitors to the new site will be able to switch back and forth between Spanish and English. The Mensajero site also is adding the same features as the Courier site — video, photo galleries, reader-contributed news, e-commerce and the like.
This is the second complete redesign of the Courier‘s Web site, which was originally launched in 1996. Father Edward Palumbos, Editorial Committee chair of the Courier‘s board of directors, called these technological capabilities “a wonderful moment of grace to which we want to open ourselves as much as possible.”
“The use of the Internet to evangelize and communicate with people is not an option or a luxury, it is a necessity,” added Father Palumbos, who serves as pastor at Church of the Assumption in Fairport. “Our efforts to provide a more user-friendly Web site are already paying off well. We hope to continue to use this means to connect with the Catholic community in our diocese and beyond.”