Department of Communications
Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Report to the Archdiocesan Council
Since the establishment of the Department of Communications in May 2002, attention has been given to the following areas:
of this has been aided by the quality work and high level of
cooperation among the directors and staff in each office. Together we
have addressed significant issues, shared ideas and opinions, and
agreed on methods and responses.
Scope of Work
office of the Department of Communications has the responsibility to
provide quality resources and services to the people, parishes,
dioceses, departments, institutions, and organizations of our
Archdiocese. Significant progress has been made in the past year, and
careful evaluation and planning are being implemented for the coming
Major projects and accomplishments of the past year
Office of News and Information/Public Relations
The budget for each department is being analyzed carefully to ensure that our resources are being used in the best possible ways. Several major projects, such as "Illuminations" and some facets of the web site, are being funded by grants from Leadership 100.
Attention is currently being given to the revenue sources of the Orthodox Observer. With a subscription list of approximately 130,000, the Observer is provided to the members of our parishes without individually paid subscriptions. Therefore, a proper and consistent program of sponsorships and advertising is being examined to assist with production costs that are averaging $60k per issue.
The plan is proceeding to eliminate all but emergency fax distribution by the Spring of 2003. When we are able to communicate with every parish of the Archdiocese electronically, we be able to discontinue faxing and mailing. This will result in savings of $15k to $20k per year.
With the launching of the new web site, the work of communications on behalf of the Archdiocese has not only entered a new phase, but it has been enhanced in numerous ways. The use of the Internet continues to grow rapidly, and the Archdiocese has responded by having the dynamic tool of our own web site and quality technological tools to enhance our work at all levels.
Establishment of Procedures and Policies
In order to ensure the timely and proper communication of the work and ministry of the Archdiocese, new procedures and policies are needed. This is also necessary due to the increasing availability of different types of media in both electronic and print formats.
Internal policies are being established that clarify the workflow of communications between offices and departments of the Archdiocese (e.g. Publication schedules for timely submissions; use of resources of one department by another; proper editorial procedures; clarification to parishes, departments, organizations, and institutions of policies on issuing releases; etc.)
These issues will be address in a concise guide on Archdiocesan Communications that will be issued by the end of the year.
New Resources and Services
Constant attention is being given to providing new resources and services to the dioceses, parishes, institutions, and organizations of our Archdiocese. Below are a number of programs that are being or will be implemented in the coming months.