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Improving Vatican Media Coverage: Vatican Journalist to Join The Boston Globe

January 9th, 2014 - Comments Off

DENVER, Colorado – Recent reports state that well-known Vatican analyst as well as journalist, John L. Allen, Jr., is chosen to join the staff of the The Boston Globe. His position would be the associate editor, stating that this is of great help in his advocacy to widen the media’s coverage of religion and the Church.

“What I really hope we can accomplish is to offer a model of what serious coverage of the Catholic Church will look like in a major secular news outlet,” he stated.

“Fundamentally, what I hope is that this will lift up an example of what getting this story right would look like, so that in the end it’s not just The Boston Globe doing it, but I hope it has a kind of leavening effect in the media business generally.”

Allen’s appointment will take effect on February 1, 2013.

“John is basically the reporter that bishops and cardinals call to find out what’s going on within the confines of the Vatican. His inexhaustible energy, supported by extraordinary insights, is legendary,” stated, Brian McGrory, the paper’s editor.

Allen further added that he will be “guiding, quarterbacking that in some sense, but the primary thing is, I’m going to continue to be a correspondent in the field.”

McGrory also stated on the other that Allen is a great help to the Globe to “explore the very real possibility of launching a free-standing publication devoted to Catholicism.”

He is presently a senior correspondent at the National Catholic Reporter. The Reporter’s editor, Dennis Coday, wrote, “we will miss John and the contributions he has made to NCR over the years” and that “we look forward to a continued friendly, professional relationship as colleagues carried out in mutual respect.”

The Vatican journalist further stated that “the coverage of religion tends to be sporadic, it tends to be incomplete, it tends to be incredibly superficial.”

The Globe’s reason behind the decision to hire him, as he stated , shows that these kinds of coverage of any religion is somewhat starting to change, “and at long last the kind of secular news business has clued into the fact that religion is something that an incredibly important segment of its audience cares deeply about, and therefore it’s worth trying to get it right.”

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