Free Webinar: How To Write a News Release

newspaperThe Office for Catechesis of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will be offering a free webinar in a few weeks on writing news releases:

When getting the word out about your parish, school, or ministry, you have a lot of choices: newsletters, Facebook, email lists, Twitter, etc. But one communications channel often overlooked is the news release. A well written and professional news release can increase the chances that your item will be picked up by your local newspaper or news stations!

Kathie Sass, director of communications for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, will offer a one hour webinar on how to write a news release for your parish, school, or ministry. Starting with what information reporters and news organizations want, she will detail how to craft a professional release that will help you communicate your good news to your community.

The webinar, which we are recommending for communications directors, development personnel, principals, DREs, and other parish leaders, will be offered at two different times on Wednesday, September 18:

We hope to see you there!

Free Webinar: Integrating Technology in Religious Education on a Parish Budget

I will be offering a free webinar sponsored by Sadlier Religion on May 2:

It should come as no surprise that technology is an increasingly important component in education. But how can catechists makes use of these tools without breaking the parish’s budget? In this hour-long webinar Jonathan F. Sullivan will outline three simple strategies for using low-cost tech solutions that are approachable and appropriate for parish-based catechesis. He will also walk you step-by-step through three sample activities that utilize these strategies. Parish and diocesan catechetical leaders will also receive tips on how they can help catechists use technology responsibly.

This webinar will be offered at 4p ET (3p CT) and 7p ET (6p CT); click on the times to register. I hope to see you there!

Going Creative Commons

At the bottom of my blog you will now find this symbol:  

This indicates that all my material on this blog is being released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical license.

What does that mean? It means that you can use any of my blog posts — for free — as long as you don’t charge money for them and you give me credit. This means that you are welcome to use my blog posts on your web site, in your catechetical newsletter, as a part of presentations, or just to distribute on the street corner without asking for my permission first.

I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time, and just kept forgetting. My hope is that the material I’m producing here is helpful and that by making it accessible and easy to share that others will be able to benefit from it.

If you do use any of the material on this site, feel free to drop me a line and let me know about it — I’d love to know how it is being used!