OSV LAUNCHES NEW CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE ON JANUARY 1
HUTINGTON, Ind., July 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — One of the oldest and most trusted names in Catholic media in United StatesOur Sunday Visitor, Inc. (OSV) today announced the launch of OSV News, a new Catholic news service, on January 1, 2023. Subscribers to the new service will access OSV News on CatholicNews.com, the current site of the Catholic News Service (CNS). The announcement was made by OSV Editor Scott P. Richert at the annual Catholic Media Conference in Portland, OR.
“After the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops decided to end Catholic News Service’s nationwide operations at the end of 2022,” Richert said, “we entered into talks with the USCCB and reached an agreement to acquire the rights to the platform CNS uses to produce and distribute its content Current CNS subscribers who sign up for OSV News before the end of the year will benefit from a smooth experience as CNS shuts down its service national news on December 31 and OSV News will launch on the same site the very next day.”
OSV News will provide daily national and international news, analysis, editorials, commentary and reporting from a Catholic perspective. In addition to original content from OSV News and an ever-growing library of materials from OSV periodicals and websites, OSV News will feature articles from a wide range of content partners, including the Dicastery for Vatican communications and Aleteia, the largest Catholic website in the world. (A full list of content partners will be released later this year.) OSV will also work closely with an extensive network of Catholic diocesan publications to syndicate their content through OSV News.
Beyond a rebranding and an overhaul of CatholicNews.com, the tools that CNS subscribers currently use will remain the same. All new content from CNS Rome (which will continue to operate independently of OSV) will be available to OSV News subscribers. (For dioceses or episcopal conferences that are not OSV News subscribers, free access to new CNS Rome content will be provided by the USCCB, as promised by the USCCB when it announced the closure of operations of the CNS.)
OSV will also acquire all digital archives owned by CNS, as well as rights to existing and future content from CNS Rome and certain third parties, and provide access to them to OSV News subscribers. “The CNS digital archives are of great importance, both historically and as background for Catholic journalists working today,” Richert said. “It is essential that they remain available on the same platform that thousands of Catholic media professionals use every day.”
Pricing for subscription to OSV News will be announced in September. “We understand the financial pressures Catholic publications face today,” Richert said, “so we strive to make OSV News as affordable as possible, without compromising the quantity and quality of content offered through our service.”
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the diocese of Fort Wayne–south elbow (and Chairman of the Board of OSV) said, “I am very happy and grateful that OSV is providing this important service for the Church in our country, continuing the great legacy that Archbishop John Francis Noll has started more than a century ago.”
The OSV was founded in 1912 by Fr. Jean-Francois Noll. Its flagship publication, Our Sunday Visitor, has been published weekly for 110 years. Noll, who became bishop of the current diocese of Fort Wayne–south elbow and was later made an honorary archbishop for his service to the Catholic media in United States and internationally, was an early supporter of the CNS and the Catholic Press Association (now the Catholic Media Association). In the middle of the 20th century, the OSV was instrumental in helping many dioceses to establish their own newspapers, many of which were printed in the course of the OSV. Huntington, IndianaHeadquarter.
“OSV’s long history of supporting a robust Catholic press made our decision to launch OSV News not only obvious but necessary,” Richert said. “In a world desperately hungry for truth, a vibrant Catholic media is needed more than ever. OSV News is the concrete symbol of our commitment to innovate and collaborate with our colleagues in the Catholic press to bring about a new renaissance. in the Catholic media – and a better future for the Catholic Church in United States and beyond.”
To be notified when subscription prices and other OSV News details become available, go to OSV.com/OSVNews.
As the first Catholic publisher of United States, OSV provides products and solutions to more than nine out of ten Catholic parishes and to all Catholic dioceses in the country. Founded in 1912 by Fr. Jean-Francois Noll, OSV’s team of more than 350 people continues to champion the Catholic Church through a wide range of products and services. From weekly and monthly publications to software solutions, fundraising and advisory services, educational products, business books and parish publications, OSV helps Catholics, families, parishes and dioceses to come closer of Christ and to contribute to the growth and vitality of his Church in the world. A Catholic non-profit organization, OSV has supported the needs of the Church for over a century. Learn more about www.osv.com.
Scott P. Richert
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