The newspaper our Archdiocese puts out is very conservative, which is good; but it is also very selective in the news it covers. It is almost impossible to get a letter published and there is thus little input from “ground zero,” so to speak. Has anyone any experience with creating a website for such “alternative” diocesan news?
My thoughts are that such a website might have input from several permanent “reporters,” a blog where anyone with information or with an opinion could send a message that would be screened before being posted, local color with perhaps a different parish being highlighted each week, interviews with clergy, religious, and lay persons about what is on their minds, and so forth.
The largest problem I can see is getting word out that the site exists. The formal paper probably would see this as competitive and therefore a drain on ad money. Then there are the issues of finances and volunteer staffing. It might be interesting if there were such a website for every large diocese – a true “web” that would link each to the others and share news that would be of universal interest.
I would appreciate anything anyone on this forum has to say about this.
Thanks for your ideas!