Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Just Another Day at the Office

So begins Week 2:

"Journalism is a vocation, not a job. Pursued properly, journalism should enjoy the same dignity as the law or medicine because the service that journalists perform is equally important to a healthy society. I really believe that. You form people; you form the way they think and the way they live their lives. So journalists have a duty to serve the truth and the common good – not just the crowd, not just the shareholders they work for and not just their personal convictions. In other words, your core business as journalists is to explain in an honest way, with honest context, the forces and characters shaping our lives – our common life – together."

--Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, at a Pew Forum: The Political Obligation of Catholics (transcript here, definitely worth a read).

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