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                                SIGNIS announces first lay woman to head its SIGNIS Services Rome office

SIGNIS announces first lay woman to head its SIGNIS Services Rome office

Brussels, April, 15th, 2018. SIGNIS, the World Catholic Association for Communications, has named Maria Chiara deLorenzo  as the general manager of SIGNIS Services Rome. The international board of directors approved the appointment during their board meeting in Brussels on April 13. “Ms. De Lorenzo brings expertise in public relations, digital journalism and participative leadership. The board welcomes her leadership in building SIGNIS’ capacity to meet the communciation needs of the Church in Africa, Asia and Latin America,” said Helen Osman, president of SIGNIS’ board. De Lorenzo, born in 1976, is an Italian journalist who has worked as a press officer for non-governmental organizations, as well as cinema and television production companies. A member of the Focolare Movement, for which she has overseen its international website for a decade, she speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish and German. She holds a master’s degree in digital journalism from the Pontifical Lateran University and a degree in communication science from the University of Siena. Her professional experience ranges from public relations and creation of communication programs, to digital content production and social media strategies. “I look forward to the challenges of SIGNIS’ mission to create a more peaceful world through modern communications,” De Lorenzo said. SIGNIS is a non-governmental organization with an official status under the Holy See that includes members from 100 countries. It brings together professionals in the fields of cinema, digital, journalism, media education, radio and television.
Understanding the Print Media

Understanding the Print Media

Port Moresby, Boroko, 11 avril 2018 (Abigail Seta). The 2nd Media Education Seminar for Catholic Schools of Port Moresby, was recently held.  Seven Catholic schools of Port Moresby participated in the program.  The purpose of the Media Education Seminar (MES) is to give the students a critical understanding of the media and an ability to enable them to creatively use the media to spread positive stories. “To be good journalists, you have to know the elements of writing articles”, said Fr Ambrose Pereira sdb, CBC’s Secretary for Communication and Youth at the start of the seminar. The program had three sessions.  The first session saw MES animator, Sheryll Isoaimo dwell on Writing articles.  She highlighted the 5Ws and 1H and with the help of examples gave the students the rules and components of writing articles. In the second session, MES animator Ian Zuasula shared with the students the different parts of a newspaper and gave them the understanding of the anatomy of a newspaper.  He also highlighted the different sections that can form part of their school newsletter. The third session saw the students working on producing their school newsletters by using what they learnt in the first two sessions and presenting their work. “Learning how to write articles and creating school news reports and bulletin board displays is what struck us most in the session today,” Caritas representatives stated. Another school, Don Bosco Technological Institute representatives stated that this session motivated them to revive their school news bulletin using the knowledge they gained from the seminar.  The next Media Education Seminar will dwell on the audio and visual media and will be conducted from 4th to 6th May at the Sivarai Namona Centre in Bomana. These seminars are organized by the SIGNIS member in Papua New Guinea.