My “When Headlines Hurt” blog, focused on society and media
Bill Schmitt is an independent multimedia consultant, journalist and writer/editor. His experiences in news and public affairs, focusing on education, science and business as an engaged Catholic and member of varied community groups, have led him to be an author and thought-leader on renewal in today’s media and on problem-solving in our polarized society.
A communications degree from Fordham University and a Master in Public Affairs degree from Princeton University helped launch his journalism career in general-audience and specialized international publications.
Bill went on to serve nearly 14 years on staff at the University of Notre Dame practicing public relations, content management, strategic outreach and writing (for books and diverse media) in academics, development, internal communication and the expression of spiritual values. Six years of his work contributed to Notre Dame’s endeavors in K-12 education through the Institute for Educational Initiatives.
His own teaching experience has included adjunct journalism professor roles at Long Island University, Fordham and Notre Dame. His ongoing faith formation has included an Education for Ministry certificate from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, a certificate in theological studies from Georgetown University, leadership roles in the Knights of Columbus and a lifetime-professed membership in the Secular Franciscan Order.
Bill’s activities have become even more wide-ranging since taking on independent assignments in 2017 (as summarized at his OnWord.net blog and biography site and on LinkedIn). His book on Catholic reflections to address challenges in journalism and our contentious culture has prompted numerous broadcast interviews and presentations. He has co-hosted radio programs and two podcasts while continuing long-term content creation assignments in education and activities for justice, a seamless pro-life ethic and evangelization.
His own teaching has returned to his musical roots in two venues where he performs and instructs as an accordionist. He is an elected board member of a South Bend, IN, non-profit, The Music Village. He contributes his marketing communications skills to advance the group’s mission of building community through music. He also embraces the Forever Learning Institute’s instruction of senior citizens. He continues writing and consulting at Notre Dame and at Purdue University.
The pinnacle of Bill’s passion for building relationships—and sharing his Christian hope through joy, truth and love in community—is found in the blessings of family life with his wife Eileen and their daughter Mary, who is a senior at The Catholic University of America. Bill and Eileen, native New Yorkers, met while working in Washington, DC. The Schmitts have lived in Indiana since 2003.