The staff at the Catholic Courier has been pondering at great length on how we can better reach and appeal to the younger people of the diocese. We are trying to pursue stories of interest to younger readers and are actively using social media and other various forms of technology to expand our coverage beyond our monthly print edition.
So in June, with younger readers in mind, I approached our staff about possibly covering the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianapolis. The Diocese of Rochester has been participating in this conference for a number of years and sends one of the largest groups of high-school students to the three-day event. I thought it would be a good opportunity for the Courier to connect with the young people of the Rochester Diocese and the 25,000-plus youths expected from across the country.
So next week, Staff Photographer Jeff Witherow and I will head to Indianapolis. Neither Jeff nor I have covered this conference before, let alone attended, so we do not know what to expect. We have plans to stream the diocesan Mass. and we have some ideas of stories we are looking to pursue, but other than that, we will be improvising as we go. I can tell you that we will be providing a lot of live updates and taking plenty of photos and videos, along with sharing stories on the young people in the Diocese of Rochester’s contingent.
I encourage everyone to follow our coverage on Facebook (www.facebook.com/CatholicCourier), Twitter (@CatholicCourier), Instagram (@CatholicCourier) and at www.CatholicCourier.com. I also ask that you keep in prayer all the young people and chaperones as they travel to Indianapolis and participate in the conference.