teak phillips

Iconic photo ultimately didn’t tell the story but it wasn’t ‘fake news’

Page 1 of the June 25-July 1 issue included the iconic image by Getty Images staff photographer John Moore. Details about the girl in the photo and her family were revealed after the page went to press.

The photo published on the front page of the June 25-July 1 issue of the Review prompted many readers to question its use.

The photograph was taken on June 12 by Getty Images staff photographer John Moore in McAllen, Texas. We licensed the image from Getty Images through Catholic News Agency.

GOD'S OUTDOORS | A prehistoric fish is modern fare

In a marsh oxbow that was formed long before Europeans settled the confluence of two great North American Rivers, an ancient fish — a gar — skulked among the reeds and weeds, hunting for his prey.

On the bank of the marsh, I skulked with a bow — a modern version of an ancient sporting tool — hunting that ancient hunter.

AN EDITOR’S LIFE | Church teaching, faith formation and broad appeal guides our coverage

Readers frequently write or call to ask why we didn't cover an event or why we published a story. Often these aren't neutral inquiries — they're frequently complaints about news judgment.

The tone of these messages seems to have changed in recent years. Now, rather than simple inquiries, messages are infused with angst — "disgusted," "disturbed" and "disappointed" frequently appear. But ultimately, readers are simply curious about why certain stories are news worthy and others aren't.

The answer is easy: there is no easy answer.

AN EDITOR’S LIFE | Unfriended after the election? Advent is a time to repair

A week after the presidential election, an odd friend request popped up on Facebook. We'd already been friends for years. We're actually kind of close.

"Weren't we already friends?" I inquired.

In a moment of deep frustration Nov. 8, she had unfriended all of her "conservative" friends.

AN EDITOR'S LIFE | Catholic media as zócalo

A common mantra in journalism today is engagement. It's a back-and-forth exchange: journalists publish information, readers respond, journalists respond back, readers respond to that response. This commonly occurs on social media because the digital interface is easy and immediate.

AN EDITOR’S LIFE | We won't tell you how to vote -- use your conscience for that

Teak Phillips

Over the next few months, our emotions may be on edge. At least through the general election November 8, we'll be bombarded with political discourse that challenges our notion of good and tests our patience. We've come to understand this as a part of American politics, but it certainly feels like it gets worse every four years.

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