Annual Report 2013 Dear Friends, I am pleased to offer your UCAN’s Annual Report for 2013. But for this year, we thought we would depart from our usual focus on what we are, to tell you who we are and something about our impact. We are a news service to the Church in Asia that operates in a context of dynamic change – the cultures and economies of Asia, a Church being led in fresh and decisive ways and a world of technology that impacts on all of us but especially in the area of information services. find our account of ourselves informative, I hope you encouraging. honest and Chainarong Monthienvichienchai Chair UCAN Board
Sri Lanka -‐ Photographer -‐ Will Baxter UCAN
Fr. William Grimm MM is UCAN’s Publisher. He lives in Japan, writes for UCAN, reviews the work of our offices and is involved in training our reporters. He also serves the Church in Japan in a variety of pastoral and media activities.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ is UCAN’s Executive Director who has worked in print, radio and television media for over 30 years, half of them in digital media.
Mr. Philip Bader is UCAN’s Editor in Chief. A native of the USA, he has worked for a variety of English language publishers in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar for eight years. He is responsible for overall editorial quality control and supervising training of reporters. Mr. Con Koulouris, an accountant by training who has worked for telecommunications companies and on internet related projects for over 20 years, is UCAN’s Chief Operating Officer responsible for finance, human resource management and training in business management.
Chair: Chainarong Monthienvichienchai is the Chancellor of St John’s University in Bangkok as well as an experienced communicator who worked for five years on the BBC’s Thai service in London. He is also a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications. Virginia Saldanha lives in Mumbai, she is an activist who writes and speaks on women's & justice issues. She is the former Executive Secretary of the FABC Office of Laity & Family and Women's Desk, as well of the CBCI Commission for Women. Professor Yoshio Oyanagi is Professor in the Graduate School of System Informatics at Kobe University, Emeritus Professor in Tokyo University, specializes in computer science and the super computer. He is also a Consultant to the Pontifical Council for Culture. Rachada Monthienvichienchai has a doctorate in computer science from the university college London. He is the Director of St Johns International School and the University’s Chief Information Officer Fr. Edward Szendrey MM is a former missioner in Hong Kong and is now the Internal Auditor for the Maryknoll Missioners. Fr. Paul Billaud MEP is a member of the Paris Foreign Missio Society working as a missioner in Indonesia and a member of his Society’s Finance Committee. Ms. Fong Wai Wong lives in Hong Kong and has a working career in journalism and marketing and is currently employed in the cosmetics industry.
New Developments An area of special focus in 2013 has been in the development of UCAN’s capacity in providing in depth features and properly researched opinion and analysis. With the prolific production of news stories available extensively through the internet, UCAN has decided to concentrate in areas not well covered in Asia in ways that fit our mission – on the people in the midst of well reported news, on the human side of major events and issues and on how the Church is responding constructively to the challenges presented in the world it is part of. With an extensive reach of reporters, analysts and commentators UCAN is well positioned to a make a distinctive contribution in this area.
Asian Catholic Directory (ACD) The ACD is an online detailed list of Catholic dioceses in Asia (451 across Asia, with an extra 138 in China, many of which are not staffed or operating) UCAN’s Catholic Directory is a unique resource requiring constant attention to maintain. Interest in the directory has quadrupled with the introduction of local news stories on the pages of the ACD over the second half of 2013.
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Top Coverage for 2013 Typhoon Haiyan -‐ the Philippines, November 2013. Joe Torres provided on the spot reporting from Tacloban as the people of the area tried to come to grips with the event that w as surrounding them. Papal election of Pope Francis – March 2013, covered by Alessandro Speciale from Vatican City.
Top Photo, Typhoon Haiyan, Photographer Joe Torres UCAN Bottom Photo, P ope Francis, AFP Photo/Tiziana Fabi
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Our T eam The National Correspondent role in UCAN are the specific country correspondents who are working journalists assigned to cover all issues in their country relevant to the editorial mission of ucanews.com. They are responsible for tracking local news trends from each part of the country to identify any issues or events that would bear further investigation. Joseph Rock Ronald Rozario Joe Torres Christopher John Zaw Quintus Colombage Zahid Hussein Khan India The Philippines Bangladesh Myanmar Sri Lanka Pakistan Maria Young Siktus Harson Lucia Cheung Project M anagement and Marketing Hong Kong Indonesia Our Mission and Vision Our Mission UCAN is a Catholic information agency that provides news from, for or of relevance to the Church in Asia for an international audience. Our Vision We aim to be a trusted and up-‐to-‐date observer, reporter and commentator – informing, serving and engaging people interested in issues that impact the Church as well as issues which are impacted by the Asia. We seek to provide a voice for the Church in Asia -‐ its struggles, triumphs and Church in disappointments -‐ from the people vitally and directly involved. Average Facebook Twitter UCAN Website visits per % Growth Likes Followers month Our Impact ucanews.com 85008 10% 2040 875 ucanews.mobile 25246 75% N/A N/A UCAN India 63999 10% 3947 2383 UCAN India mobile 15350 62% N/A N/A