Catholic Standard goes full circle after 150 years

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Catholic Standard goes full circle after 150 years

After 150 years of Catholic media in Tasmania, the Catholic Standard is celebrating the milestone in its original newspaper form.

First published in July, 1867, the major publication of the Archdiocese of Hobart has undergone various incarnations and name changes over the years.

Originally a newspaper entitled The Tasmanian Catholic Standard, it underwent a number of name and format changes including The Catholic Herald (1872-1873), The Catholic Magazine (1916-1920), The New Standard (1977-1994) and Tasmanian Catholic (2005-early 2014).

In 2014 the Catholic Standard returned from a magazine to a newspaper format while expanding the reach of the Archdiocese’s digital media presence.

Archbishop Julian says that the newspaper format is an important means of communication for Tasmanian Catholics.

“I've always believed that even though we're in a time of much change in the whole area of communications and media, that there still is a place for newspapers,” His Grace said.

“One of the things I'm hoping is that the Catholic Standard would be a way that ordinary Catholics could be kept in touch with the activities around the diocese and be encouraged by seeing so many of the good things that are happening.”

Archbishop Julian says that returning to a newspaper was done with the intention of having several media platforms on which to publish content.

“While we have the Catholic Standard, we also have the Archdiocesan website, we also have the Archdiocesan Facebook page and my own Facebook page,” he said.

The Archdiocese of Hobart also publishes video content to its YouTube channel, and audio podcasts to its SoundCloud account; both of which are freely available. A digital edition of the Catholic Standard newspaper will be added to the suite of communications options in 2018.

“We haven't just gone backwards to say, ‘Well let's just do what was done 150 years ago.’ We're saying that we need to keep a newspaper format, but in conjunction with other media dimensions,” His Grace said.

“This a 21st century approach to communications, which is multifaceted.”