1 Million Visit Joint Media Venture

ROME, JULY 21, 2008 (Zenit.org).- A Web site uniting various media organizations’ coverage of World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, received more than a million hits last week.

WYDCrossmedia is a joint venture of 20 Catholic and secular press organizations, including ZENIT, and provided news and multimedia information on the youth event, which culminated Sunday.

The site has as its slogan “All In One, All for One.”

“Beyond the numbers, what was important was to unite so many media, with different perspectives, on the same objective, offering an ecclesial service to young people and to Catholic media worldwide, thanks to the production of multi-media services in five languages,” explained the organizers in a statement.

The site provided coverage in English, Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese, as well as free live coverage of some of the activities.

“We tried to translate the Gospel message and Pope’s words in bytes,” they added.

The Catholic media that took part in the project were: Afriradio, Catholic.net, Vatican Television Center, DonBoscoLand, h2onews, Inside the Vatican Magazine, Korazym, La Croix, Le Jour du Segneur, MISNA, Focolare Movement, One-o-Five Live, Pj-Online.it, Radio Renascenca, Vatican Radio, Reuters, Salt and Light television, SIR, Telepace and ZENIT.

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Crossmedia: www.wydcrossmedia.org

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