Non-Profit UpWord Studios Kicks Off Support and Funding of New Media Projects for the Catholic Community

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New media development house works with Catholic publishers, church groups and ministerial organizations to fund and create Catholic digital media to be delivered via mobile and web technologies.

UpWord Studios, a non-profit organization dedicated to support and funding of new media for the Catholic community

UpWord Studios, a non-profit organization dedicated to support and funding of new media for the Catholic community

UpWord Studios strives to reveal the spiritual dimension through digital new media, where people are spending a great deal of time. The message stays the same – it’s the format and channel of communication that change.

UpWord Studios (http://www.upwordstudios.org) launched today as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports and funds the creation of Catholic new media, bringing enhanced access to historical materials and enabling new digital content.

UpWord Studios works with Catholic publishers, church organizations, and ministers to utilize today’s technology in sharing the Catholic faith. The organization helps fund and create Catholic digital media projects in the areas of catechesis, evangelization, prayer, and community, with the goal of helping to define, preserve, and promote Catholic identity.

“We as the Catholic community need to take every advantage to evangelize and share the Good News. And there is no greater opportunity available to us right now than effectively utilize digital media, Internet and mobile technologies to share God’s message,” said Diane Lampitt, a longtime leader in Catholic publishing and UpWord Studios Board member.

“Among today’s increasingly tech-savvy population are seekers who are desperately trying to find deeper meaning in their lives. UpWord Studios strives to reveal this spiritual dimension through digital new media, where people are spending a great deal of time. The message stays the same – it’s the format and channel of communication that change,” said Fred Fosnacht, founder of UpWord Studios.

UpWord Studios’ inaugural project, The Rosary multi-touch ebook, is now available on the iTunes store. Designed as a both a multimedia book and a teaching aid on the iPad, the multi-touch ebook brings together video, animation, images and audio to create a compelling learning experience.

The organization’s project pipeline includes work with a variety of collaborators on Catholic new media initiatives, including:

  • iPhone and iPad apps
  • Interactive games
  • Webcasts and live video streaming
  • Podcasts and videocasts
  • Virtual event experiences
  • Online communities

UpWord Studios will serve as a catalyst for Catholic new media creation in the areas of sacramental life, faith formation, catechesis, evangelization, prayer, and community. The foundation will provide select grants for Catholic material that is:

  • Experiential – drives toward an experience of a relationship with the Triune God
  • Participative – engages the user interactively
  • Image-driven – rich in images, video and music
  • Communal – creates a connection between spiritual seekers and our Catholic community

Grant applications can be downloaded from http://www.upwordstudios.org/apply-for-grants.

UpWord Studios is also seeking support from Catholic benefactors who can make donations securely online at http://www.upwordstudios.org. These donations provide critical support for development work of projects in the pipeline.

About UpWord Studios
UpWord Studios, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is a new media development house that supports and funds the creation of Catholic new media, bringing enhanced access to existing materials and enabling new digital content. The organization provides new media services and financial support to promote effective, innovative communication vehicles for the Gospel message. As a non-profit organization, UpWord Studios supports many important Catholic ministries, including youth, young adult, RCIA, RCIC, marriage and family, and many more. Visit us at http://www.upwordstudios.org.

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