conference gathered students, faculty and media professionals March
31-April 1. It sought to explore the role Christians play in the most
powerful cultural force of our times—the mass media.
encouraged attendees to stay on fire with love for Christ by
"evangelizing [themselves] everyday" and by not allowing fear or busy
schedules to keep them from "laboring in the vineyard."
Briceno is the
founder of Disciples With Microphones, an organization of professional
journalists who use their skills to spread the Gospel.
specific ways he has brought Christ into the secular media, including
selecting faithful Catholics for interviews and allowing his faith to
shape the focus of his reporting.
"Catechetical and religious materials are good, but we need to make more than explicitly Catholic materials," he said.
The conference also explored the topic, "Working in Christian Media" and "Maintaining Faith in a Secular Environment."
University professor David Schaefer took a critical look at how faith
and religion are portrayed in film. Before teaching at Franciscan,
Schaefer worked as a producer and anchor in television and radio. He
said the biggest challenge for Christian filmmakers is convincing
Hollywood that movies can be both religious and successful.
was the first of its kind in the Ohio Valley. It was the brainchild of
senior communications major Valerie Striker, who suggested to
professors that Franciscan host such a conference for Christian
media professionals must produce more than explicitly Christian
material in order to expand their impact and influence, said seasoned
journalist Carlos Briceno in his keynote address at Franciscan
University of Steubenville's first ever Faith and Media Conference.