Sunday, January 23, 2011


I have added a new film to the page for films on journalism - Frost/Nixon directed by Ron Howard.  After he has resigned the presidency, Nixon agrees to an interview with the television personality David Frost.  Nixon and his advisors think the interview will restore his reputation, but Frost proves to be a more formidable opponent than Nixon anticipated.  The special features of the DVD include footage from the actual interview of Nixon by Frost.

Thank you to Mathew Olson, one of our journalism students this semester, for adding this film to the list of resources for our journalism work and education.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Journalism Practicum

The first journalism practicum begins this semester with two students interviewing people associated with the seminary and covering various events.

Mathew Olson, a College 4 seminarian from the Diocese of Sacramento, will join Brother Peter Tynan as our two reporters this semester.  Do you have an event you would like covered and written about for the seminary website?  Post a comment here on the blog, email Sister Hilda, or contact Mathew or Brother Peter.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Vietnamese Tet Celebration

On Saturday, February 12, the Vietnamese community of the Seminary will host a Lunar New Year and Mass Celebration.  The Mass will be in the Abbey Church at 10 a.m. and lunch and entertainment will follow in the Damian Center.

A story on this event could include responses from those from within the seminary community, or it could focus on the many guests from outside of the seminary community who will attend.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

British Media

The story I mentioned in the previous post is part of a two-part series.  The first part is a discussion of the British print media, which is well-known for having its biases out in the open.  The second story compares this approach with that of the American media.

Given that our semiarians come from all over the world, their experiences of the media are very different.  Seminarians, what is your experience of the media in your home country or area?

American Media

This morning NPR's Morning Edition had a story entitled "American Media's True Ideology? Avoiding One."  Those interviewed in the story discuss the impartiality American reporters try to embody, as opposed to their British counterparts. 

As I listened I remembered a point from our text in the journalism class, The Elements of Journalism.  The authors of this book mention that impartiality is not about eliminating our point of view, but about the impartiality of the journalistic method of verification.  What do you think Kovach and Rosenstiel would think of this story on NPR?