Today’s Catholic is 20 years old this month. We started out humbly as a black-and-white one-page parish newsletter in English. No graphics or fancy layout but we had an ambitious mission statement: Formation, Information and Transformation.
Today we are a monthly Archdiocesan newspaper, 28 pages (14 pages in full colour), in Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin and English circulating 7,600 copies in Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Australia, Austria, Ireland, Netherlands, Italy and England. Not forgetting a brand new look, thanks mainly to younger, more IT savvy, vibrant input!
Cosmetic changes aside, I wonder if our original vision is still in sight. It is pointless to speculate about whether we have ‘achieved’ our goals; we all know that with Kingdom work, it is always in progress. Our best bet is to see that this paper continues if he wills it.
With the internet explosion, the print media is no longer the main vehicle of modern communication. We have to face reality. We may pat ourselves on the back about our increased pages and number of copies printed … but … how many people, especially the young, actually read Today’s Catholic?
Is it still relevant? Are we reaching our intended audience? These are hard but necessary questions. We asked some parishioners their opinion about our paper and so far so positive!
Whatever it is, we soldier on and are in the process of constructing a new redesigned Today’s Catholic website. Do watch this space for further announcements. Let’s pray that we will continue to form, inform and hopefully transform for many more years, and ways to come. God willing.