A few years ago, I started hearing the term “media convergence.” The idea is that in the digital Internet age with its plethora of social media platforms, attempting to communicate in only one form of media—such as a magazine—is no longer most effective. Newspapers and magazines now feature video and audio on their websites, and television and radio stations post text versions of their broadcasts, while everyone explores social media. Younger audiences expect this. Those who follow us on the website or Facebook will have noticed our increasing use of a variety of mediums.
So, I’m pleased to announce a new Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers’ podcast, “Among the People.” The podcast, like a radio program that you can listen to at your convenience on your tablet, smartphone or computer, is hosted by our award-winning poet Father Joseph R. Veneroso and Megan Fleming, our energetic social media manager. Adam Mitchell, our senior marketing technologist, is the producer.
“Among the People” is designed to dovetail with our magazine content. An interview with Maryknoll Brother John Beeching, featured in our January/February issue, kicked off this podcast. A podcast interview with peace activist Father John Dear ties in with an excerpt from his new Orbis title They Will Inherit the Earth that you’ll find in this issue of MARYKNOLL.
Lynn F. Monahan