They are advertising a 'training course' on the 'new' media, to be addressed by such luminaries as publisher Christine Hogan. And it will cost you anything from between $200 to $2216 to attend, depending on what technological goodies you want to purchase along with your attendance!
But here is the thing. What precisely are Cath News' (and Church Resources) credentials in this area?
It is true of course that they use the internet, including, now, things like twitter and facebook.
The trouble is that they do it in the most old-fashioned way possible!
They don't update on stories throughout the day - what you get at 8.30 or 9am each day (or midday Friday) is what you get, bar the few comments from readers that get approved thee days.
And, Monday's liberal Trojan horse 'blog watcher' aside, the news sources they link to are resolutely 'old media' ones. Indeed, normally they only provide links to newspaper stories, not even bothering with radio or television (unless of course to promote liberal dissenters like Geraldine Doogue) - so important stories like last night's 7.30 Report story on the St John of God order don't even crack a mention.
Indeed, Ms Hogan has repeatedly frothed at the mouth on the horrors of the social media (especially bloggers like me!) in her own blog pieces:
"At the same time as the publishers were seeing their circulations plummet and internet usage rise, two other phenomena was gathering speed – the citizen journalist and the ubiquitous blogger. Sometimes untrained, always opinionated, their ascent was an echo of the inflation of another source of "news" ... the extremist commentator (sometimes known as a “bloviator” in US tabloid parlance)...
...It comes at us all day every day – from RSS feeds, tweets, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn... whatever... but in the end, you have to decide what you really want to read.
Here is what I want for you – well-written, well-researched, intelligent pieces from journalists employed by major media organisations who know the difference between editorial and editorialising."
Right. Just the people to train you on how to use and respond to the social media!