Behind the headlines at TCR

I’ve been in the Catholic news business since I got out of college, and been writing and working for newspapers even longer than that if you count high school and college days, too. When I came to The Catholic Review in July 2009, I knew that I was joining a great group of journalism and publishing professionals serving the Archdiocese of Baltimore. But every newsroom is different.

We’ve had our hands full in the past year and a half, and it’s only going to get more exciting as we face the changing landscape of American journalism.

That’s what I love about this business – you never know what will come up from one day to the next. A lot of people think that a Catholic newspaper must, by definition, have such a limited scope of coverage, but there is a great variety of news within the church. Over the years, I have covered not only lots of liturgies and ministries but also tons of meetings, sports, business, schools, social services, disasters, and government hearings (which can sometimes be disastrous). I’ve covered popes and priests and lay people. The Catholic press is at its best when we’re telling the stories of the people of God, and The Review does that well.

We’re in the midst of a strategic planning process that is looking at the present and the future, looking at who are readers are and who we’re missing – and how we can deliver the news and information all of them need on whatever platform they want to read it, printed paper or pixels.

This blog started in its new format in order to provide daily coverage of the pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It will now evolve to provide news analysis and musings from my perspective as a Catholic journalist. I hope that you’ll continue to read and comment on this blog and others, including those from staff writers George Matysek Jr. and Matt Palmer, giving you a look at what happens “behind the headlines.”

[This blog entry adapted and updated from a blog post from July 2009.]

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2 Responses to Behind the headlines at TCR

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  2. Deo volente says:

    Dear Mr. Gunty,

    One thing that is conspicuously absent from the Catholic Review is news relating to the Traditional Latin Mass. It is interesting to note that the Diocese of Arlington, for example, has a listserv that gives out news on the Traditional Latin Mass in that Diocese. The listing of Masses is numerous and these Masses are largely attended by the young.

    Some Catholic newspapers provide both the Traditional Calendar with the Novus Ordo Calendar. Words such as “Ember Days” and “Season after Pentecost” are an interesting contrast to what we now experience and lead to an interest the Traditional Mass. The Catholic Herald in the U.K. now has a listing weekly of both the modern calendar with the traditional calendar complete with their associated readings.

    I for one would love to see more accommodation to the TLM within the Archdiocesan newspaper. The Holy Father is rumored to be about to issue a follow-up to his last Motu Proprio with yet another. He clearly wants to see this as an option for Catholics.

    In Christ+
    D.v.

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