Diocese of Charleston Media Communication Policy
HearSay Communications is a public relations company retained by the Diocese of Charleston. Its president, Maria Aselage, is the Diocese’s Director of Media Relations. In that role, she oversees all public relations efforts for the Diocese and serves as its media spokesperson. She reports to the Vicar General and keeps in regular contact with the Bishop in the event of a crisis situation.
The Director of Media Relations works for the Bishop of Charleston to ensure that the Diocese of Charleston’s mission, response to media inquiries, and presentation of events are represented with one, unified voice in a manner that promotes evangelization of the Catholic faith. Hearsay Communications will ensure a clear, consistent, accurate, authoritative and timely message is communicated to the public on behalf of the Diocese and the Bishop.
In order to efficiently and effectively ensure a unified message, all Diocesan Personnel (priests, deacons, seminarians, religious, diocesan employees, parish and school personnel, and institutional staff affiliated with the Diocese of Charleston) are required to comply with the following media communication policy. Good communication among all Diocesan personnel will assist Ms. Aselage with her role in working with reporters and may preempt any negative reports in the media.
This policy covers all external news media including broadcast, electronic and print. It is to be implemented to protect the Diocese of Charleston and the people it is charged with serving.