Powerful video: TV anchor announces on the air that he is dying of cancer

Details from AP:  A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can. During a newscast on Thursday, Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA-TV in Champaign that doctors recently told him that his brain tumor [Read More...]

Steven Sotloff, devout Jew, fasted and prayed while in captivity

Here is devotion, fidelity, humility and faith. From The Washington Post:  The secrets that couldn’t be known about beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff during his captivity were revealed in detail Wednesday: The 31-year-old was Jewish, had dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and apparently maintained his Jewish ritual life while being held by ISIS. The Forward, a major U.S. [Read More...]

Boston Globe debuts its Catholic website, Crux

This unusual new media venture was unveiled today, and The Neiman Journalism Lab looks at what lies behind this new website devoted to “all things Catholic”: Looking at the newly launched Catholic news site Crux, you’ll find plenty of stories on the travels and exploits of Pope Francis. This makes sense — he’s the head of the [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: CNN interviews man who pinpoints origin of California earthquake—and it’s not what they thought

From The Washington Post:  Breaking news coverage is challenging: Updates are flying in from everywhere; official sources don’t communicate everything they know; competition is brisk; and there are pranksters, as MSNBC learned earlier this summer upon the downing of MH17. Someone claiming to have been a U.S. military official got on the network’s live coverage [Read More...]

The horror before our eyes

With the recent execution of James Foley still haunting the news, The New York Times today takes up the debate about whether it’s appropriate to show gruesome violence in the media: YouTube removed the video promptly after it was uploaded, but to little avail, as new accounts kept posting new versions. Twitter suspended accounts that were linking to the [Read More...]

Memorial Mass held for James Foley

From The Wall Street Journal:  On Sunday, however, hundreds of people descended on Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish with a new, painful focus: to remember James Foley, the U.S. journalist and New Hampshire native who was killed last week by extremists in the Middle East. More than 900 people packed the aisles and [Read More...]

In Ferguson: prayer and the “ministry of presence” bring healing

The good folks at the St. Louis Review have been covering the events unfolding in nearby Ferguson, and the current issue of the newspaper offers a superb counterpoint to a lot of the bad press the neighborhood is receiving. If anyone wonders about the value of the Catholic press, take a look at the Review’s [Read More...]

Another Catholic newspaper to cease publication

The announcement, from the Diocese of Cleveland:  Bishop Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland has announced that production of the print version of the Catholic Universe Bulletin, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Cleveland, will be coming to an end at a yet to be determined date in 2015. According to Bishop Lennon, “After serious [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: journalists as jackasses in Ferguson

Sadly, this doesn’t really surprise me.  Details:  I had been on the ground helping Al Jazeera America** cover the protests and unrest in Ferguson, Mo., since this all started last week. After what I saw last night, I will not be returning. The behavior and number of journalists there is so appalling, that I cannot in good [Read More...]

Must-read: James Foley writes of his Jesuit education, prayer and seeing God in all things

A friend from Marquette, Tim Cigelske, posted this on his Facebook page today. It’s an email he received from James Foley, the journalist beheaded by ISIS yesterday. It was sent in 2011, after he was freed from a jail in Libya. Cigelske noted: “I’ve re-read the email he sent three years ago in search of [Read More...]