Black and White: A Tale of Two Futures

Last week the country rocked, in some small way, with the announcement of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, in Sanford, Florida. Everyone knows the reported details, the volunteer guard (28 years old; mixed-race Hispanic) following and confronting the teenaged African...

You’re Getting the Best Catholic Media!

The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada, at its closing banquet last Friday evening, announced awards for its annual journalism competition, from entries for publishing year 2012. You can see all of the awards at the CPA site. We got first prize! Among national, general-interest...

No Room for Bigotry

I was at the graduation ceremony at Ohio State University a few weeks ago to see my son get his diploma (Summa Cum Laude!), but I also got to hear a few speeches. Forty-nine percent of those gathered, I’d guess, didn’t enjoy listening to President Obama (51 percent did, I guess), but everyone...

Lenses

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law stopped by the office with an unusual gift. It was the camera lens in the photo here. There was a reason she thought of me: her deceased husband (Scott) and I were close friends. He was a photographer and helped me to get started as a photojournalist many years ago. And it...

Welcoming the Stranger

The other day, our intern, Rich Meyer, and I participated in a national media conference, via telephone, from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The topic: immigration legislation. There is currently an overhaul of US immigration law being proposed, one that will wend its way through Congress in the...

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