YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – For 78 years, the Youngstown Catholic Diocese has kept its parishioners informed via The Catholic Exponent newspaper. Times have changed. Newspapers aren’t what they used to be, which is why The Catholic Exponent Publication will cease and a new way to keep parishioners informed will be established.
Justin Huyck was with the Youngstown Catholic Diocese. This afternoon, Justin Huyck had the history of The Catholic Exponent The newspaper offices. The first issue of January 7, 1944; a mercy lift to Biafra in 1969; the 1992 Mother’s Day issue and the special exponents for each Bishop. The end of February saw the final issue. The Catholic Exponent Publication will be halted
“The current exponent The newsletter reaches just 19,000 subscribers. That’s about one-third of our registered parishioners,” Huyck said. “As we move forward, we want to make sure we are reaching all our parishioners.”
The Catholic Exponent What will be called will replace it The Catholic EchoThis will include a parish magazine that is sent out to each registered parishioner, and published ten times per year. It will also include a multimedia website with strong social media presence.
“It’s a new adventure,” said Monsignor John Zuraw.
Monsignor Zuraw was raised with The Catholic Exponent, but he’s not sad to see it go.
“Because we change, and just as The Vindicator changes and other newspapers, we too need to meet the times,” he said.
Dr. Adam Earnheardt. a professor of communication at Youngstown State University, said he wasn’t surprised The Catholic Exponent is closing, or that it’s changing the methods used to transmit information.
“So imagine the Catholic Diocese in Youngstown on TikTok. I mean, I love that,” Earnheardt said. “You take traditionally the funds you would to make that print publication and put those into digital form and then you can build your audience and actually reach more people.”
“We live in a time where we want to keep out print presence but then make it more digital,” Huyck said.
The Catholic Echo The website will be launched in the first quarter of next year. It will feature news, televised Masses and podcasts as well as stories from the magazine. You can also subscribe to the newsletter via email and access digital content via social media.