“Journalism is an act of faith in the future.” Anne Curry
Since 2014, SIGNIS has aimed to offer a place of exchange and solidarity for those Catholics working in all forms of journalism and publishing.
- to promote ethical professional journalism in the new multimedia era
- to build a global network for Catholic journalists working across different media in different regions.
- to strengthen solidarity and personal ties among Catholic journalists through regular sharing of stories and information
- to support freedom of expression and the rights of journalists
SIGNIS is the only international Catholic association for media professionals, including journalists, recognized by the Holy See.
Sound, image and the written word merge across media. Lines between consumers and producers of media stories blur. Not only media are interconnected. Globalization links countries, cultures and peoples in new and intricate ways.
What then are the challenges for the professional journalist? How can responsible, quality multimedia journalism be upheld both internationally and locally?
What does working in a converging multimedia globalized environment mean for the Catholic journalist? For his or her identity and professionalism?
SIGNIS is organizing seminars in different regions of the world to bring together Catholic journalists to explore and debate these and related questions. The first discussions were held in a Journalism Workshop entitled Multimedia Journalism in Diverse Cultures: Forming Catholic Journalists for a New Era at the SIGNIS World Congress in Rome in 2014.
Since then, workshops have been held at the SIGNIS Europe Assembly in Krakow, Poland in July 2015 and at the SIGNIS Asia Assembly, in Sri Lanka in August 2015. In 2017, a seminar entitled Building Bridges between East and West: SIGNIS European Journalism Seminar will be held. In early 2017 an Asia Journalism Seminar will be also be organized.
“The courage in journalism is sticking up for the unpopular not the popular.” Geraldo Rivera