“When Headlines Hurt”–Resources for Discussions & Solutions

Bill Schmitt

Updated July 2019

Please help expand this list: bschmitt@alumni.princeton.edu


Appletopia: Media Technology and the Religious Imagination of Steve Jobs by Brett Robinson

Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now by Alan Rusbridger

Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Patterson, Grenny, McMillan and Switzler

The Elements of Journalism: What Newspeople Should Know and What the Public Should Expect (Third Edition) By Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives by Craig Detweiler

Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt by Arthur Brooks

Noise by Teresa Tomeo

Prayer in the Digital Age by Matt Swaim

Prodigal Press by Marvin Olasky and Warren Cole Smith

The Second Mountain: How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment by David Brooks

Truth Worth Telling: A Reporter’s Search for Meaning in the Stories of Our Times by Scott Pelley

Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era by Daniel J. Levitin

When Headlines Hurt: Do We Have a Prayer? by Bill Schmitt (2018) (see blog post)


Jill Abramson, formerly of The New York Times, discusses her new book, Merchants of Truth (C-Span Book TV)

Martin Baron (Washington Post) remarks at 2018 National Press Club awards event (NPC video on You Tube, acceptance speech begins at about 1:40:00 mark)

Arthur Brooks discusses his book Love Your Enemies, noting implications for public conversations (C-Span Book TV “AfterWords”)

“Media Matters” webinar on fairness in news media, with Teresa Tomeo and Al Kresta from EWTN radio (linked from Tomeo’s website, Jan. 30, 2019)

Alan Rusbridge on Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now (C-SPAN Book TV)

Gloria Steinem speaks about the new edition of her book Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (C-SPAN Book TV; in second half, she discusses the value of conversations between opposing sides)



2019 Message from Pope Francis (“We Are Members One of Another”)

2018 Message from Pope Francis (“The Truth Shall Set You Free: Fake News and Journalism for Peace”)

2004 Message from Pope John Paul II (“Media and the Family: The Risk and the Richness”)

Christus Vivit Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis to Young People (section on the digital media environment begins at paragraph 86)

Inter Mirifica: On the Means of Social Communication (Document issued by Vatican II, 1963)



2019 World Communications Day message from Pope Francis (OnWord.net by Bill Schmitt)

“The Good Place” and a Franciscan Approach to Media (McGrath Institute for Church Life, Schmitt)

St. Francis De Sales and Using Words Like a Christian (McGrath Institute for Church Life, Schmitt)

What I’m Reading: Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies (Notre Dame Magazine, Schmitt)

When Headlines Hurt blog at OnWord.net

Audio Podcast: Press Center Commentaries by Steve Dunlop of Dunlop Media in NYC (context here)



Scroll to links for “News and Commentary” by Bill Schmitt — Editor & Publisher, Quill, etc.

Live hour-long program covering these topics on Redeemer Radio co-hosted by Bill Schmitt and Ken Hallenius(June 14, 2019)

Interviewed on “Living Stones” (syndicated Catholic radio program hosted by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Ken Hallenius) about values for renewing the use of media (July 1, 2019)

Interviewed by Teresa Tomeo on EWTN radio nationwide about this subject (Feb. 4, 2019 – go to 17:00 mark in hour two of the archived broadcast)

Interviewed by Matt Swaim on EWTN radio nationwide, “Son Rise Morning Show” (March 25, 2019—go to 6:30 am mark in archived broadcast)


Please help expand this list: bschmitt@alumni.princeton.edu