Friday, August 12, 2022

The Catholic Witness Unveils Its New Website, Featuring Photos, News and Videos

Digital Edition Will Be Published Biweekly Beginning in May
The Catholic Witness’ website is user-friendly across all devices.
The Catholic Witness’ website is user-friendly across all devices.

The Catholic Witness unveiled its first-ever website earlier this month, in an new and exciting effort to deliver more up-do-date news, photos and videos to its readers.

The site, www.catholicwitness.org, features a user-friendly layout that is easy-to-read and navigate.

On the home page, readers will find the latest features from Witness staff coverage of Diocesan, parish and school news. A drop-down menu across the top of the home page connects readers to commentary pieces, including the ever-popular “The Called” and Sister Geralyn Schmidt’s column. Other drop-down menus offer designated space for “The Saint Spotlight,” book reviews, obituaries and the Notebook calendar of events.

Sections for media releases, letters from Bishop Gainer and Catholic news from around the world are also part of the dynamic website. Visitors will also find digital archives of editions published in the past ten years.

“Expanding the digital footprint of the Witness has been a long time plan for the Communications Office. The challenges we have all faced due to COVID-19 also presented an opportunity to make this digital expansion a reality,” said Rachel Bryson, executive director of public relation for the Diocese. “We are excited for the opportunities this website now provides, including sharing content in a more timely manner and expanding our coverage of national and international Catholic news.”

One of the unique features on our website is an option to sign up for alerts. When a new article, video, slideshow or other feature is added to the site, subscribers to the feature will receive an alert with the link to the new content.

There is also a direct link for parishes to submit the names of their deceased parishioners for the Obituaries section, and for sending written announcements to the Notebook events page. The links to send submissions directly to both sections are available on their respective pages of the website.

Digital Edition Begins Biweekly Format

Last May, The Catholic Witness transitioned to a digital-only format, rooted in a weekly electronic newsletter sent directly to subscribers’ e-mails every Thursday evening. The digital version is available free of charge and includes the same news that can be found on our website, with direct links to Witness stories, photos and columns. The digital edition also comes with a link to a downloadable PDF that can be printed and shared with those who don’t have access to e-mail or the internet.

If you haven’t signed up yet for the digital edition, you can do so on the home page at www.catholicwitness.org. Registration is free.

The transition to the all-digital format last May allowed us to bring interactive and more up-to-date news to our readers. It was also a necessary decision to make, due to the inability to sustain printing and postage costs from the loss of revenue during the pandemic. While we continue to examine ways to possibility return The Witness to a printed format in the future, we encourage recipients of the digital edition to print and share the downloadable PDF with relatives and friends.

With the unveiling of the new website, subscribers to the digital edition will notice a change in frequency beginning next month. On May 6, the electronic newsletter will change to a biweekly format, distributed every over Thursday. It will still contain the photos, features and columns readers have come to expect, and will be complemented with a host of postings to the website in between the biweekly e-mails. Email subscribers will also receive an exclusive feature in the pdf, prior to its posting to the website. The first biweekly editions are slated for April 29, May 13 and May 27, with every other Thursday to follow.

We invite you to take a look at www.catholicwitness.org and to sign up for our digital edition and alerts, as we continue to present news and features in a new and exciting way.

(Photo by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

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Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions to the biweekly Notebook/Parish Obituaries listing is every other Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Please refer to the Publication Schedule for edition dates and deadlines.

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