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Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville to Host Media and Faith Conference

Franciscan University of Steubenville has announced plans to host a conference entitled “Media and Faith: New Beginnings” in April, according to a press release.

Dr. Eugene Gan, associate professor of communication arts at Franciscan University, who was recently featured in an article by The Cardinal Newman Society, explains: “This is a response to Pope Francis' call to be ‘a network not of wires but of people,’ supporting one another in the many varied ways we can make the Church - and thus the Good News of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ - real and present to others.”

The University reports:

The conference will feature Doug Keck, president and chief operating officer of EWTN and host of EWTN’s popular Bookmark series; Matt Weilgos ’90, manager of media production at Franciscan Media (formerly St. Anthony Messenger Press); and Terry Mattingly, director of the Washington Journalism Center with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and longtime “On Religion” columnist with Scripps Howard News Service.

Amanda Melefsky, a writer and producer based in New York whose production credits include films “Bella” and “The Human Experience,” as well as producing DeSales Media’s World Youth Day Rio live coverage broadcast in 2013, will be the keynote speaker Friday evening.

… The closing presentation, “Pope Francis as a Communicator,” will be given by Ann Rodgers, communications director of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and former longtime religion reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Franciscan University of Steubenville is recommended in The Newman Guide for strong Catholic identity.

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