The category of public and private in external communication of cloistered monasteries in Poland. The author’s own research
The article is focused on the relations between monasteries, especially those closed to the external world, and the external world represented by the media and journalists, i.e. representatives of the media. There are no relevant regulations, models, rules and procedures for establishing and maintaining contact with the media. Drawing on data obtained from surveys, free interviews and media monitoring, the author defines the basic fields of activity of representatives of cloistered monasteries in their contacts with the media. He points to communication barriers, the media’s interests, and conditions that have to be met for journalists to gain access to a place or topic of monastic life that interests them. An important part of the article are contributions of nuns whose role is to answer journalists’ questions or organise media visits to monasteries.