In our first journalism class of the year, we read the address that John Paul II gave to an international gathering of journalists in Rome during the Jubilee of Journalists in 2000.
The Pope mentioned the vast changes in technology that have affected the media, changes that have only deepened in the years since his address. He asked the journalists to consider their vocations "as committed Christians in the world of communications."
He also emphasized the need to respect and promote human dignity through their writing, photography and other work. The world needs, he said, men and women who work with the conviction "that it is possible to be both authentic Christians and excellent journalists."
May our class also promote the dignity of those we cover and strive for excellence as we begin our work.