May 22, 2020

From our homes to yours: keeping you connected to Catholic news

Therese Brandon, left, and Father Joseph Moriarty visit their father, Patrick Moriarty, on April 30 through the window of their father’s room at the St. Paul Hermitage retirement community in Beech Grove. For more than two months, visitors have not been allowed except for end-of-life situations to help protect the residents and staff members from the coronavirus. (Photo by Sean Gallagher)

Criterion editor Mike Krokos discusses the plans for future editions of the newspaper with staff members. Each week, the reporters gather information and photographs, then put their news stories in a Dropbox folder. It’s up to the editor to decide which stories are running, as well as organizing Catholic News Service content and opinion columns. (Submitted photo by Laura Evans)

Compiled by Brandon A. Evans

The staff of The Criterion has worked hard to guarantee that Catholics in central and southern Indiana—and subscribers beyond—continue to receive the newspaper each week without interuption during the coronavirus pandemic.

The stay-at-home orders throughout the state modified our schedules and routines, as they have for all the offices of the archdiocese along with our parishes, schools and ministries.

The reporting staff has conducting interviews remotely and been producing stories from home, while the final proofreading and approval of the layout has been done with the editor and a reporter from the graphic designer’s home in Avon (allowable since newspapers are considered an “essential business” in Indiana).

The last nine issues have been designed and produced there, causing some of the staff to refer to them as the “Avon Edition.” They are believed to be the only issues of The Criterion that have ever been produced outside the city of Indianapolis in its 60-year history.

On this page, we take a moment to share a little bit about how we’ve adapted to the recent challenges to keep from missing a beat.

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