MUMBAI, (C.M. Paul) – A group of eleven Catholic publishers held a national meeting on the sidelines of the first ever Don Bosco Book & Media Fair organized to mark 20 years of Tejprasarini (Light Diffuser) a Media and publication house at Matunga, 30 November. The meeting was jointly organized by Secretary of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, Office of Social Communications as well as Tejprasarini.
Three input sessions of the day open also to students of Media Institutes in the city included “The Challenges to Publishing in an age of Internet & New Media” by Dr Dr George Plathottam, CBCI-OSC, “Convergence in Media” by GM NE Mobile India Mr Yogesh Shahu, and “E-Marketing, Challenges and Opportunities” by Mr Conrad Saldhanha former Vice President (Research & Training) in The Times of India Group.
Some 30 students from city’s four communications schools interested in e-Publishing participated.
Later in the day, the publishers had an exclusive session in which they had frank discussions on challenges and opportunities faced by Catholic publishers.
While some members moaned the lack of cooperation from parish priests who do not allow any publicity to be made for catholic media ministry in the Sunday Eucharist, especially during Press Month (February) some others complained against the principals of schools who demand 20% commission on sale of books in their school.
A five member ad hoc committee was drawn up including Mr Nigel Fernandes of Asian Trading Corporation, Sr Claire DSP, Fr John Kennedy SDB, Fr David Pushpa Rajj SSP, and Fr Benny CMF with mandate to consolidate the association for the upcoming golden jubilee celebrations of Indian Catholic Press Association.