Raymond Perrier from the Jesuit Institute was in charge of opening the day, introducing the presenters and explaining how things had been planned.
Sean-Patrick Lovett, Vatican Radio's director of English language programming born in Cape Town sent a short video to the participants of the "Catholic Media Expo":
The rest of the day was... work, fun, learning, sharing! In the morning there were four "taster sessions" of 25 minutes' each. A detailed plan had been prepared so that each person would know what we were offering and where. Have a look, these are just "some" of the taster sessions
- facebook and other social media
- how to develop a Smart Catholic Phone App
- how to layout information in a way that invites the reader
- sub-editing: using words wisely in articles, headlines and captions
- published opinions: writing your opinions in a way that encourages dialogue
- sharing your thoughts on films and books
- designing a poster
- how to interview on radio
- writing and reading radio news
- the TV in your pocket, using a smartphone to create Catholic Video
Since early in the (freezing cold Johannesburg) morning there was an exhibition in the courtyard by different Catholic organisations (Jesuit Institute, Renew Africa, Catholic Institute of Education, Bosco Youth Centre among others). People could visit them during the day.
The afternoon instead asked the participants to "sign up" for one area for the rest of the day. The session would last at least an hour and a half minutes and would allow them to work on with others and to practice some of the skills being taught.
The day was closed with a short liturgy which I was not able to attend as I was driving back to Manzini.
A blessed day! As I tweeted on my way back: "Great organization! Wonderful spirit! Amazing day!"
Hope we will be able to build on that and share the Good News of Jesus with all and through every form of communication!
Click HERE to view some photos of the day