Staffers share about spreading the Good News via the Catholic press
by Denver Catholic Register
ASSOCIATE Communications Director David Hazen, far left, Communications Director and DCR General Manager Karna Swanson, and Design and Production Coordinator Filippo Piccone take a look at the Denver Archdiocese’s two newspapers, the weekly Denver Catholic Register and the Spanish-language monthly El Pueblo Católico in Swanson’s office Feb. 22.
February is Catholic Press Month. It is also the month the Denver Catholic Register launches its annual Join the Mission stewardship campaign, whereby readers who get the Register complimentary as part of parish membership are invited to voluntary contribute the yearly subscription cost of $35 to help offset expenses. What follows is the third column in a series honoring Catholic Press Month and Join the Mission. As last week, this column
introduces you to some of the staffers who produce the Denver Catholic Register.
Karna Swanson, Director of Communications and DCR General Manager
When I tell people that I am the Director of Communications for the Archdiocese of Denver, the next question that inevitably follows is: “What exactly does that mean?” Well,
that’s a really good question! Our office carries out a wide array of activities, but the main task I oversee is the weekly production of the Denver Catholic Register. Fortunately for me, the DCR has a wonderful team consisting of an editor, reporters, freelance photographers, a graphic designer and an ad staff, which makes the work of putting
together the weekly newspaper a real joy. Another main activity of our office is the promotion of events and campaigns, such as the Living the Catholic Faith Conference. The most interesting part of my job, however, is media relations, which essentially means that I am the point person for the archdiocese for all print, radio and television reporters, both locally and nationally. For example, if an issue of great importance arises in the media, such as the recent announcement of Benedict XVI’s resignation from the papacy, all the calls from the media go through my office. It can get really hectic sometimes,
but it’s never boring!
David Hazen, Associate Director of Communications and New Media
It’s certainly an honor and privilege to be working for the Denver Archdiocese—a community of the faithful widely recognized as one of the centers of the New Evangelization. In the short time I’ve been here, the Office of Communications has proven to be a bustling hub of activity. It’s also become clear how vital its work is: helping the local Church and the faithful to engage in conversation with the world and one another. Right now I’m most excited about working with our team to support this great mission through an increasingly effective use of media, whether “new” or traditional.
Filippo Piccone, Design and Production Coordinator I do the design and layout of the Denver Catholic Register
I strive to make the newspaper look visually appealing to readers in order to better deliver the message of Jesus Christ. What I like best about my job are the opportunities I have to be creative and use my talents for the service of the Catholic Church.