Faith and the community

In remaining a leading center of Catholic thought, the Franciscan University of Steubenville takes on topics in many facets of life.

One special facet of life it analyzes annually is the role of faith in the media and the media in faith.

“Media and Faith: New Beginnings” is a conference being held Friday and Saturday on the university campus and it seeks to answer questions about challenges and opportunities for Christians in the rapidly changing digital media world, and how to continue to grow in faith while working in the media industry.

Students will be interacting with professionals from all over the nation, including local media professionals such as Mary Lou Jones of WOGH-FM; Dino Orsatti of WCDK-FM; Jim Emmerling of EM-Media; and Paul Giannamore of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, as well as professionals from beyond the area, including the president of EWTN, Doug Keck; nationally known religious writer and blogger Terry Mattingly, who is director of the Washington Journalism Center; and Ann Rodgers, communications director for the Diocese of Pittsburgh and a former Post-Gazette religion writer.

The conference seeks to analyze roles and invigorate professionals, educators and media practitioners in addition to students soon seeking their place in the world.

It’s one of the many opportunities for growth the university offers beyond its student body and another reason the school must be considered a valuable asset to the community.