ERIC Number: ED230967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Dorothy Day's Vision of Journalism.
Roberts, Nancy L.
An examination of Dorothy Day's role as chief journalist, editor, and publisher of "The Catholic Worker," the ideological monthly she cofounded in 1933, reveals that she was the final authority within the organization of the newspaper. Deeply committed to proselytizing for her cause, the Catholic Worker Movement, Day still simultaneously identified with the goals of the professional journalist. This meant that she, like other alternative journalists, was a participant journalist who emphasized "advocacy over neutrality" and "interpretation over speed of transmission." Unlike the others, however, she did not emphasize "substance over technique," and, most importantly, her ideological commitments did not overshadow her identity as a professional journalist. Instead, they existed in tense but effective tandem. One result of this was an outstanding written and edited product, with a carefully crafted dual appeal to workers and scholars. The paper was instrumental in winning the Worker Movement wide support, eventually even that of the Catholic Church, which had initially disapproved of its unprecendented union of secular radicalism with Catholic traditionalism. Dorothy Day's combination of advocacy and professionalism has not often appeared among alternative journalists. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Catholic Worker (The); Day (Dorothy); Journalism History
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (66th, Corvallis, OR, August 6-9, 1983). Part of a chapter in "Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker," N. L. Roberts (State Univ. of New York Press, 1983).