Using social media to boost vocations

Hot on the heels of Pope Benedict’s announced theme for the next World Communications Day comes this encouraging piece of news, from Catholic News Service: Several religious congregations and organizations are taking advantage of social media to “introduce” individuals discerning a call to a vocation and the seminary, convent or monastery that fits them. With [Read More...]

So what did the New York Times have to say about the debate?

From the lead editorial in this morning’s edition: The first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney, so long anticipated, quickly sunk into an unenlightening recitation of tired talking points and mendacity. With few sparks and little clarity on the immense gulf that truly separates the two men and their policies,Wednesday’s encounter provided little guidance for [Read More...]

Some good advice for watching the debate tonight

From the legendary Newton Minnow, who knows a thing or two about television and debates, in today’s New York Times:  The debates are an institution now, and among the most watched television events in America. They are one place in the modern campaign — perhaps the only place — where the voter is treated with [Read More...]

Another Catholic newspaper folds

The Diocese of Rockville Centre has made official what had been rumored for some months: the Long Island Catholic weekly newspaper is being converted into a monthly magazine. From the paper’s website:  On October 2, 2012, Bishop William Murphy announced that The Long Island Catholic is changing formats from a newspaper to a magazine model. Sean Dolan, director [Read More...]

What the media doesn’t “get” about the Catholic Church

Well, there are a lot of things. But here’s one take, from the great Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB, who offers some important distinctions about the media, balance, and covering the Catholic Church:   Margaret Sullivan now wears the public editor hat at The New York Times and with a recent ombudsman column took on a huge [Read More...]

Theme for next World Communications Day: social networks

From the Vatican:  One of the most important challenges facing the task of evangelization today is that which is emerging from the digital environment. Pope Benedict XVI calls attention to this particular topic, in the context of the Year of Faith, in his choice of the theme for the 47th World Communications Day, “Social Networks: [Read More...]

“What’s wrong in the Vatican press office?”

That’s the question being posed by editor Robert Royal over at  The Catholic Thing — and it’s a good question: The Vatican hired Greg Burke in June, an experienced journalist at Catholic and secular outlets, as a special consultant to help with press communications. Given the multiple stumbles and misfires in recent years, it seemed [Read More...]

A big move: you can now “Get Religion” at Patheos

More fodder for Great Moments in Journalism!  I’m delighted to share this happy news. Details:  GetReligion is moving. Finally. In the future, GetReligion.org will still get you to the weblog, but if you want to bookmark the most direct cyber-route, here’s the URL that you need: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/ Of course, we’ll also be up and running [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: MSNBC’s Scarborough links James Holmes to autism — UPDATED

Blogger Leo Zanchettin has details:  I just had to check in with Facebook one more time. And what did I find? Links to a video clip from MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough this morning. He was discussing Friday night’s shooting in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, trying to find sense in the horrendous events. Then in the course of [Read More...]

Great moments in journalism: the liar who became a star “expert” in the media

Why am I not surprised? Details: Ryan Holiday could be called an “expert.” As head of marketing for American Apparel, an online strategist for Tucker Max, and self-styled “media manipulator,” he can talk social media and modern advertising with the best of them – he’s done so both online and in print on countless occasions. [Read More...]


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