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Meeting of the Editors of the various Salesian Bulletins of Africa-Madagascar



Salesian Bulletins in the Salesian Region of Africa-Madagascar

NairobiMeeting  of the Editors of the various Salesian Bulletins produced in the Salesian Region of Africa-Madagascar

Conclusions of the meeting of the Editors of the various Salesian Bulletins produced in the Salesian Region of Africa-Madagascar
Kenya - Meeting of the Editors of the -Salesian Bulletin- in Africa
(ANS - Nairobi: 25 May 2006)  - On 23 May at the -Don Bosco Young Educative Service- (DBYES) in Nairobi, there was a meeting of the Editors of the various Salesian Bulletins produced in the Salesian Region of Africa-Madagascar called and organised by the Department for Social Communication. It was a follow up to the II Congress of Editors of the Salesian Bulletin held in Rome in September 2005 and was one of the initiatives of the Departrment for Social Communication aimed at improving and promoting the Salesian magazine. Fr Tarcisio Scaramussa, Councillor for Social Communcations was at the meeting. In the course of the meeting the Editors of the Salesian Bulletin described and illustrated the situation regarding their own work, with statistics, special features and problem areas . The Acts of the Rome Meeting, published in cdrom, were presented and some ideas were taken from these to improve and relaunch the Salesian Bulletin in Africa. Practical decisions were taken with regard to more collaboration among the Editors of the Salesian Bulletins and with the Department for Social Communications. There are five different versions of the Salesian Bulletin in Africa produced by the same number of Provinces or Vice Provinces: Equatorial Tropical Africa (ATE), West French-speaking Africa (AFO), West English-speaking Africa (AFW), East Africa (AFE), and Mozambique (MOZ), published in English, French and Portuguese, with a total of 35,800 copies per year. Two new editions are due out shortly.



The SB editors gathered in Nairobi wish to align themselves with overall policies regarding quality and collaboration promoted as part of the worldwide Salesian project of relaunching the Salesian Bulletin, but also and especially in view of the African Salesian context where there are currently five Salesian Bulletins, all relatively new, covering three lingua francas (English, French, Portuguese), and an expressed desire on the part of several other provinces to have their own Salesian Bulletin. Accordingly, they express their intention to:

· develop a creative, capable team to support each editor.
· give attention to the 'Salesian' quality, the features of which are clearly expressed in existing documents (e.g. The conclusions of the Rome 2005 SB world meeting) and which should be immediately evident.
· offer an image of Africa which can help correct a general media view of the continent which tends to dwell on the negatives.
· (English-speaking group) profit from another meeting to be held at Conference (CIVAM) level, for example of formation or youth ministry, to also gather Social Communications Delegates and Salesian Bulletin editors to agree on a common editorial approach, and to set in motion plans for a workshop for SB 'workers' (collaborators) which would deal with practical elements of the magazine journalist's tasks.
· (Portuguese-speaking group) aim for three meetings, i) to establish broad outlines for a SB that might be shared by Angola as part of its desire to launch an edition of the SB ii) identify the local and then the common features, with the same intentions as above and iii) plan a workshop along similar lines as proposed by the English-speaking group.
· aim at the best quality for the SB, since it is rightly regarded as a Salesian work, and our other works already manifest this quality of offering the best even and especially to the poorest in society.
· SB copies from Africa sent to each other – all editors to receive each edition.
· request the intervention of the General Councillor for SC (discussion with the Mission Councillor, for example) to see if it would be possible to tie each of the SBs in Africa to a Mission and Development Office in the Salesian world with two intentions – in exchange for financial support, these SBs would ensure that one of their editions each year would fulfil the usual requirements for report on the activities of that funding project (for benefactors/donors and to some extent for reporting to government where that is applicable).
· request that the General Councillor for SC write a letter to all Provincials in Africa, incorporating these inclusions as also the conclusions of the wider group of SC delegates at the Nairobi meeting, and urging the provincials to encourage all their confreres to support the SB as a work which involves each and every confrere.
· request the Department for SC to investigate further any possible application of the German-Austrian Content Management System proposal in the African context. (It is understood that such an approach, were it applicable, would mean a broadly common structure, some common items as well as locally relevant items).
· request ANS to offer, by way of its 'Service' product, interview or in-depth material that may be of assistance to the SB in Africa. The editors also feel free to make suggestions to the ANS director which would assist his annual planning in this regard.

The SB editors believe that follow-up is important to ensure that these proposals will have a fruitful outcome, and believe that Conclusion no. 6 (regional SC delegate and CIVAM provincial with an SC overview) would offer the best way to ensure this follow-up.