Media Guidelines

The Media Relations Office of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles serves the Church’s mission of the new evangelization. As Archbishop José H. Gomez defines it, the new evangelization aims to bring people to the encounter with Jesus Christ and to a new life in his Church, which is the family of God.

The Media Relations office serves this mission by telling the story of “Catholic Los Angeles” — the story of how faith in Jesus Christ is proclaimed and lived in the nation’s largest and most culturally diverse Catholic community.

In telling this story, we are guided by Archbishop Gomez’s vision and his five priorities, as set out in his inaugural pastoral letter, Witness to the New World of Faith:

    • Educating and forming Catholics for deeper knowledge and more intense and prayerful living of their Catholic faith.


    • Inspiring Catholics to hear God’s calling to the priesthood and to religious and consecrated life.


    • Promoting the cultural diversity and universal identity of the Catholic Church.


    • Proclaiming the Gospel of Life and building a Culture of Life.


    • Promoting marriage and the family as sacred institutions and the heart of a civilization of love.


To fulfill this commitment, all employees, parishes, schools, and organizations affiliated with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are required to comply with the following media communication policy:


    • Reporters requesting an interview with Archbishop Gomez are advised to contact the Media Relations office with enough notice to accommodate their requests, due to the Archbishop’s traveling schedule.


    • The Archdiocesan grounds, including the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, churches and schools, are private property. Please contact the Media Relations office to help facilitate your visit.


    • The Archdiocese welcomes media coverage of our special Masses and press events. Reporters are advised to contact the Media Relations Office to help facilitate photography or camera set-up in designated areas without interrupting the Mass. Interviews should be conducted outside of the Cathedral or churches so as not to disturb those who are worshipping.


    • Reporters must seek the consent of an informed parent or adult guardian before interviewing, videotaping or photographing a child.


    • The Media Relations Office welcomes Internet links on Archdiocese news and features from print, radio and television news media to share with our readers, viewers and listeners via the Archdiocese’s social media sites.


    • The Media Relations Office welcomes news story ideas, photos, video and events from schools, parishes, organizations, ministries and individuals affiliated with the Archdiocese for possible publication or use on our social media sites.


These policies have been put in place to protect the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and the people it is charged with serving.