Category Archives: Writing

Make a “Net” Work Better (4 New Ideas for 2019 World Communications Day)

For my blog dedicated to my particular focus on news, social polarization, and Christian values encouraging conversation for the common good: Click me-dia.blog in navbar above. World Communications Day 2019 won’t be officially celebrated until June 2, the Sunday before Pentecost. That’s … Continue reading

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“The Devout Life” As a Conversation-Starter

Initially posted on McGrath Institute Blog, published at the U. of Notre Dame, January 24 The fine art of conversation, used as an instrument to share hope and advance the common good, has taken a beating. Many Catholics feel inhibited … Continue reading

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A Franciscan Call for News from a “Good Place”

Initially posted on McGrath Institute Blog, published at the U. of Notre Dame, Jan. 23, 2019 Setting aside the missteps in virtue one often finds in sit-com scripts, the show “The Good Place” offers worthy insights about good and evil … Continue reading

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3 Resolutions for Journalists: Salutes to Truth as We Enter 2019

Thought-leaders in the journalism community are starting to talk more openly and urgently about the need for practitioners of the craft to recognize their need to stand tall for truth. Since so many people today are journalists or other purveyors … Continue reading

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Echoes of Hope from a Journalistic Legend: Seymour Hersh

   Book TV’s coverage of a June 2018 interview with veteran New York Times journalist Seymour Hersh, discussing his book, Reporter: A Memoir, yields a video that is compelling almost to the point of exhausting. No action-hero scriptwriter in Hollywood could … Continue reading

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All Politics Is Local? That’s News to Me!

I grew up reading the New York Daily News and other local papers available on Long Island. Perhaps the biggest take-away message from my newspaper habit–and the most influential message, since I wound up becoming a journalist–was that local news is fun. … Continue reading

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No Civil War, but a “Civility” War?

“Civility, whatever that is….” That’s a phrase used in a recent post I found at the Columbia Journalism Review online. The June 27 piece by Matthew Ingram is an important, carefully considered collection of news and commentary where the use of the word … Continue reading

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