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Media and Faith Conference

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2008

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STEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University of Steubenville will host the 2008 Communication Arts conference, Media and Faith: Engaging the Culture, April 4-5, 2008.

Conference speakers and participants will engage issues of new media such as Internet blogs and podcasting, as well as the traditional media of television, film, and print. The main focus of the conference is how to bring Christian faith into dialogue with modern culture through the media.

“This conference will be a powerful and faith-filled coming together of enthusiastic people to dialogue on a wide range of media issues and forms,” says Dr. Eugene Gan, assistant professor of communication arts and one of the panelists of the conference.

Among the 24 speakers and panelists are the popular podcaster Father Roderick Vonhögen, and Greg and Jennifer Willits, founders of Rosary Army.

Father Vonhögen is co-founder of SQPN, whose mission is to present the best in Catholic podcasting. He hosts and produces several audio, video and live streaming podcasts including The Daily Breakfast and The Catholic Insider. Father Vonhögen is regularly sought by the international press and cable news and entertainment shows for his opinions on popular topics. In addition to all his podcasting activities, Father Vonhögen maintains pastoral duties at four parishes in his hometown, Amersfoort, in the Diocese of Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Greg and Jennifer Willits are the founders of Rosary Army, a non- profit Catholic apostolate dedicated to making, praying, and giving away all-twine knotted rosaries and encouraging others to do the same. Since incorporating on Good Friday 2003, Rosary Army has reached a worldwide audience of both Catholics and non-Catholics alike through their dynamic Web site content and award-winning audio podcasts.

The eight panel discussions will feature several well known free- lance authors and journalists, a television news anchor, independent video producers, and students and faculty from Malone University, Ohio; Spring Arbor University, Michigan; and Franciscan University of Steubenville. Topics to be discussed include: “Print Journalism’s Quest for Survival in an Online World,” “Communication for Church Organizations,” “Radio and Faith in the New Millennium,” and “Web 2.0: Challenges and Opportunities.” Each session will feature two presenters and question and answer sessions.

For more information on the Media and Faith conference, visit http:// or call Dr. Wayne Lewis at 740-284-5373.

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