Author Archives: Bill Schmitt

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.

Small Talk: On the Way from Distraction to Action

The post below is my Nov. 1, 2019, contribution to the Magis Center blog. Rev. Robert Spitzer, SJ, PhD, is president of the Magis Center, whose missions include the revitalization of belief in God and pursuit of the highest levels … Continue reading

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Arise from Sharkness! How Leaders Win with a Silly Song

CBS journalist Bob Schieffer offered a lesson we all should chew on when he saw a deeper meaning in the World Series victory of the Washington Nationals. During his Oct. 31 “Evening News” commentary, he showed us how the team’s … Continue reading

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“A Journalism of Abundance”

       My efforts in research and reflection on Catholic values as an aid to renewal in today’s practice of journalism are pointing me toward a few areas of focus. One of those areas has the virtue of prompting … Continue reading

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A Conference for this Online-Content World

My friend Paul Giesting, a Ph.D. geologist and philosopher-at-heart, as well as my co-host on the “That’s So Second Millennium” (TSSM) podcast exploring science and religion, reminded me to renew my membership in the Catholic Writers Guild. Actually, he asked me … Continue reading

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“Meeting of Minds” > #TweetingofMinds

Despite the disturbing trend toward increased social polarization and weakened civic communication in society, we can still find champions for meaningful, respectful, inclusive conversation in American media–and certainly in values-informed communities around the country. We need to celebrate these champions, … Continue reading

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Renewing Democracy and News Takes More than “60 Minutes”

There’s still time to indulge the patriotism one feels during the July 4 weekend—especially if you also care about news content in today’s media world and productive conversation in our polarized public square. Just take several minutes to watch Brian … Continue reading

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Come Holy Spirit–as We Plan the Ideal Summer Vocation

By this point, Catholics listening to Pope Francis’ ongoing messages to the world can feel comfortable that renewing social communication–in all its forms (especially in the digital realm), in the Church and in the secular sphere, among faith-based people and … Continue reading

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