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How to share mercy across the social media platforms

Friday 10 June 2016, by SIGNIS

London, June, 9th, 2016 (ICN). In the run-up to World Youth Day with Pope Francis in Krakow, young Catholics from across England and Wales have signed up for a Social Media Masterclass on Mercy.

The masterclass will focus on how to share mercy across the social media platforms. It is organised by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. The audience will receive world class tuition from leading social media and news practitioners.

Course content includes:

  • An insider’s guide to the media
  • The impact of social media in the newsroom
  • Becoming a dynamic storyteller
  • Mobile journalism
  • Using your smartphone to get good pics/vids
  • Periscope
  • Live blogs

The programme, which runs on 10th June in London, is designed to equip young pilgrims to ’share mercy’ across the social media platforms and to create content which will have impact both online and offline. Snackable training videos will become available after the day for young Communications Officers unable to attend the Social Media Masterclass.

The training has been created in response to Pope Francis’ invitation for young and old to bring hope and tenderness to the digital world.

Pope Francis recently met with Youtube vloggers and praised them for their work. The internet, text messages and social networks, he says are ’a gift from God’. He joined Instagram on the third anniversary of his election and has been on Twitter since becoming pope.

Daisy Powles, a recent graduate and award winning photographer will be responsible for populating the Bishops’ Conference Instagram Account at World Youth Day. She is attending the training and says "I am passionate about expressing the faith through the medium of photography. I think it is incredibly important that people in the UK are able to witness the World Youth Day week from the perspective of the young people who take part."

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