By Daniel Amule
The Digital Revolution, also sometimes called the third industrial revolution, is the change from analog mechanical and electronic technology to digital technology that has taken place since about 1980 and continues to the present day.
Implicitly, the term also refers to the sweeping changes brought about by digital computing and communication technology during the latter half of the 20th century. Analogous to the Agricultural Revolution and Industrial Revolution, the Digital Revolution marked the beginning of the Information Age.
Against that background the social communications meeting and worship where over 50 catholic social communicators in Uganda who are spending a week in Nebbi catholic diocese focused on online journalism.
On the opening day of the meeting the bishop chairman Bishop Joseph Franzeli ordinary of lira and Bishop Santus Lino Wanok of Nebbi catholic diocese challenged the communicators to join efforts to fight against fake news but instead promote peace.
They both sighted the use of social media by citizen journalists who use these to propagate half-baked information to the public that cause anxiety and negative impact in the community.
The Bishops called upon the communicators to embrace on line journalism particularly social media as a tool in addition to the traditional media they have to respond to the different category of the audience.
Gerald Businge a Ugandan Multimedia Journalist, Trainer, Communication Specialist, researcher and Entrepreneur who facilitated the workshop on online journalism urged all catholic organizations to ensure effective communication and allow no room for fake news.
Gerald made the social communicators understand issues ranging from Journalism; the Internet & Internet search strategies for journalists. He tipped the social communicators on how to do better online search.
According to the Executive Secretary Communication Office Lugazi Diocese Annet Nantale; the new media revolution has made many to realize the importance of online and mobile platforms of communication.
As more and more people go online to meet their news, information and entertainment needs, and many more use mobile phone and other gadgets to access the news and information, it is vital for us as catholic social communicators, journalists and all writers to write and package news and information appropriately for online and mobile, She noted.
On understanding the credibility of on line sources; Fr. Charles Idraku the assistant director Arua Diocese media Centre and assistant communication secretary Arua diocese appreciated the suggestion that making personal contact with sources was a better option instead of using information from websites.
However Rev. Sister Irene Lucy Onyai Little Sisters of Mary Gulu a representative of the Communications department of Gulu Ecclesiastical Province (GEPCO) at the National Office encouraged the Catholic Communicators undergoing Online Journalism training to stand firm despite of all the challenges they go through in the course of their work.
The participants from the different Catholic media houses and the communication offices were taught on how to make their own blogs. As late as 1am on 4th May 2018 many of the participants were still on line either updating or still setting up their blogs.End