Chatting with Catholic communicators

I just got back from a meeting of the Tri-State Catholic Committee on Radio and Television, where I got the chance to talk a bit about my job and my new books.

The committee is an informal group, really, that tries to coordinate the work of Catholic communications people in and around NY. The group also gives out awards each year to television and radio people.

This morning’s meeting was at “1011,” the Catholic Center on First Avenue. I got to chat with Father Jim Gardiner of Graymoor, who coordinates things, Joe Zwilling, the longtime spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York (who I must have interviewed 500 times), Frank DeRosa of the Brooklyn Diocese, John Woods, the editor of Catholic New York, and Dennis Heaney of the Christophers.

We talked a bit about the journalism business, my life as a religion reporter, and blogs (of course, we chatted about the phenomenon that is “Whispers in the Loggia”: Someone asked me what the rules are for this blog, as far as content, my perspective, even the language that I use.

I answered that there really aren’t any rules. You try to think like a journalist, be responsible, be interesting. And then you see where it goes.

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.