Sally Oberski's introduction is below. My remarks are below that.
Introduction & Presentation
2014 Catholic Academy Clarion Award
Sally Oberski, President of the Catholic Academy
This award, established in 1995, recognizes individuals for a timely contribution to Catholic communications through the following:
Creativity in a communications effort or project;
Recent service to a diocese, institution or religious order;
Recognition of a personal or career milestone;
An ecumenical achievement or industry contribution.
This award, in contrast to the President’s medallion, does not focus on lifetime achievement, but on “good work done well recently.” It is presented at the discretion of the Catholic Academy board. Members as well as non-members of the Catholic Academy are eligible for nomination.
Scot Landry is a Catholic executive who has led numerous organizations including Catholic Voices USA, iCatholic Media, The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Boston and Boston Catholic Conferences. He now provides executive recruiting, consulting and coaching services to Catholic organizations and leaders. He is the former Cabinet Secretary for Catholic Media at the Archdiocese of Boston, where he established and grew its new media ministry. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Harvard College and lives in suburban Boston with his wife and three children. Scot's first book, Transforming Parish Communications: Growing the Church through New Media, is being published in August by Our Sunday Visitor.
It is my pleasure to present the Clarion Award to Scot Landry.
Clarion Award Acceptance Remarks
June 19, 2014
Thank you everyone. Special thanks to Sally Oberski, Father Willy Raymond and all those responsible for the Clarion Awards and to EWTN and all those responsible for this great luncheon.
I am honored to receive this Clarion Award for innovation in Catholic Media. I've been blessed to have been asked to innovate often in the last 8 years working in various capacities for the Catholic Church - everything from helping Cardinal Sean O'Malley become the first Cardinal to launch a blog, to initiate a weekly email to Catholics and to leverage Twitter in defeating an assisted suicide referendum in Massachusetts, to forming a new media group at the Archdiocese of Boston, to building a parish bulletin and parish printing operation, to helping our Pilot newspaper increase revenue, to launching a daily Archdiocesan radio show and podcast, to experimenting a lot with video live streaming of events and news conferences, and to creating better parish website and online giving solutions in partnership with Our Sunday Visitor. I've worked with so many wonderful people on these initiatives and I'm glad to share this Clarion Award with all of them.
As you all know, innovation can be very fun - it also can be very hard at times. The fun comes first from the experience of hope and potential for how these new ideas can positively our organizations and all those we serve. Later it comes from seeing the ideas actually work well. The hard times are when our new approaches fail or when during the process of innovation we experience a strong resistance to change. I've seen all of that but I continue to see innovation as critical to helping our Church finds its voice with new generations and within our culture. Please never stop innovating.
For those of us involved in Catholic media, we are in a period of both necessity and opportunity for innovation. New technology allows us to reach people differently with the Good News the Church proclaims. But it challenges our business models and our resources. One project that I've been researching recently is the rapid growth of successful online platform businesses. I think this offers some possibilities for Catholic publications - instead of transitioning from print to online newspapers, it might be better to transition to a Catholic community platform. Online platform businesses likely have better revenue models that digital newspaper models I'll be blogging about these ideas over the summer on my new blog at ScotLandry.com.
I close by thanking you for all you do to build up the Catholic Church through your work in Catholic media. Please keep up the great work!