We help parishes and ministries communicate more effectively using all kinds of media: websites, social media, audio, video, photos and whatever comes next. We are part of the Pilot Media Group, within the Catholic Media Secretariat of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Pilot New Media Blog

Catholic social media isn’t really media at all

We call it social media, but what if it isn’t really media at all, at least how we understand media? In fact, social media shouldn’t be lumped in with traditional media because they are completely different, with different means and different ends. Social media is more akin to the road to Emmaus than it is […]

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The Catholic New Media Conference is coming to Boston this October

Sharing the Faith through New Media for the New Evangelization We’re excited to announce that Pilot New Media of the Catholic Media Secretariat of the Archdiocese of Boston and SQPN (the StarQuest Production Network) are bringing the Catholic New Media Conference back to Boston after our previous successful collaboration in 2010. This year’s theme focuses […]

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Our tech setup for covering the papal conclave

With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI announced on February 11 and effective on February 28, our office at Pilot New Media and the whole Catholic Media Secretariat at the Archdiocese of Boston went into top gear. Part of our mission is to provide formation and evangelization through the use of media and when you […]

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When disaster strikes, how will your parish communicate effectively?

The record-breaking blizzard over the first weekend of February, 2013, showed how far we’ve come in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since the Blizzard of 1978 in terms of preparedness and response to major snow events. In 1978, people were stranded on highways and roadsand it took weeks to clear them and return to normal. While […]

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Prepare your parish website for Ash Wednesday and Lent

Did you know that Ash Wednesday is the busiest traffic day for parish websites? Catholic Tech Talk informs us that is and gives some tips on how to get ready. First, are your Ash Wednesday mass times updated on your website? Let’s make sure the website we’re responsible for have their mass times updated and […]

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Google discontinues free Google Apps for Business; Non Profit program still available

A few weeks ago we highlighted Google Apps for Non Profits, a program where they give non-profit organizations no-cost access to their suite of apps using your own domain name. This was similar to Google’s product, Google Apps for Business. That program had a version that allowed anyone to use the same suite of apps […]

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Thou shalt not steal: Avoiding copyright infringement in your parish new media

One of the thorniest and most confusing topics when it comes to the use of new media by not just parishes and ministries, but everyone on the Internet, is copyright. What is copyright? How do I know what images, music, writing I can use on my website? If I find it on Google, does that […]

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Survey shows how Catholics use new media in 2012

The Center for Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University released a new report this week that should be of interest to every Catholic who works with new media, whether paid or a volunteer. The report, entitled Catholic New Media Use in the United States, 2012, surveyed more than 1,000 self-identified Catholics (which includes those […]

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Rome Reports on Cardinal Seán’s Twitter and Pilot New Media’s work

The English-language Italian news agency Rome Reports has a nice video report on Cardinal Seán’s Twitter initiative and our efforts in new media at the Archdiocese of Boston. The other web sites mentioned in the report are SuicideIsAlwaysATragedy.org and YearofFaithBoston.org

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Google is dropping support for Internet Explorer 8 and below

Google is dropping support for Internet Explorer 8 and below

Google has announced on one of its company blogs that it plans to end support for Internet Explorer 8 in its products and websites as of November 15, 2012. (Internet Explorer 7 has already been sidelined.) While Windows users on Vista, 7, and the upcoming 8 are likely using Internet Explorer 9 and, soon, 10, […]

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