“When Headlines Hurt”–A Guide to Buying and Reading My New E-book

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Update: 6-26-18: I hope you enjoy this book of reflections on the hope for renewal in journalism, drawing upon the recent World Communications Day 2018 message (and prayer) presented by Pope Francis. See my earlier blog post or my LinkedIn profile for a fuller discussion of the book and its subject.

This post has two purposes–first, as a tool for readers who wish to buy my e-book (with additional iterations anticipated in the future) in various formats, from various vendors; and second, as a companion to aid your own online research, utilizing links I included in the original text.

Purchase the book for $2.99 from:

  • Amazon (for Kindle devices)
  • Barnes and Noble (for Nook devices)
  • Smashwords (for several document formats, including pdf and html, as well as .epub, which can be read on Apple products–iPad and iPhone)


Use the following links if your e-book format does not connect the links automatically. These will send you directly to material I highlighted–expert insights that informed the perspectives I pursued in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Please invite these experts’ observations into your own reflections! The links are sorted according to the chapters in which they appeared:

Chapter One.

Chapter Two.

Chapter Three.

Chapter Four.

Chapter Five.

Chapter Six.

Chapter Seven.

  • News media “over-covering the crises of the world and under-covering the major trends”: correspondent Georgie Anne Geyer in panel at University of Notre Dame
  • Journalists’ own critiques relevant to news coverage in the 1980s and perhaps still today, extracted from scholar Robert Schmuhl, The Responsibilities of Journalism
  • A 2013 report finds 27 percent of Americans think journalism contributes “not very much” or “nothing” to society, according to the Pew Research Center
  • People are bound by a moral obligation to seek the truth, says the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 2467)

Chapter Eight.

  • “News transparency’ helps to bridge gaps between news producers and consumers, says a Washington Post reporter; she also cites public mistrust of media in 2017
  • Other reports on the spread of “news transparency” efforts come fromNiemanLab, a National Public Radio ethics handbook, and New York University
  • “News literacy” is an effort to improve relationships between producers and consumers of journalism, especially young audiences, says News Literacy Project
  • Our society’s sloppy communications styles “make us careless and so make us care less,” says Marilyn McEntyre in her book, Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies.

Chapter Nine.

Chapter Ten.

[Please send me your comments at billgerards@gmail.com]

[Also, peruse some more of the content you’ll find in earlier posts on this OnWord blog. Please visit the “I Link, Therefore I Am” biographical page connecting to dozens of articles, online posts, books, videos, podcasts, and other recordings–many of which I’ve been blessed to produce, or contribute to, in recent months.]


About Bill Schmitt

OnWord.net is the home for Bill Schmitt's blog and biographical information. This blog, initiated during Bill's nearly 14 years as a communications professional at Notre Dame, expresses Bill's opinions alone. Go to "About Bill Schmitt" and "I Link, Therefore I Am" to see samples of multimedia content I'm producing now and have produced during my journalism career and my marketing communications career. Like me at facebook.com/wgschmitt, follow me on Twitter @wschmitt, and meet "bill schmitt" on LinkedIn.
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