Sacred Heart Hosts Executive Editor of America Magazine

News Story: October 23, 2017
America Magazine Executive Editor Tim Reidy
America Magazine Executive Editor Tim Reidy

Sacred Heart University students had a glimpse into the workings of the magazine America, a Jesuit journal that’s more than 100 years old, when its executive editor, Tim Reidy, addressed them recently.

Reidy, who has worked at the New York City-based magazine for 10 years, spoke to students, faculty and staff about its history, the stories it covers and how it keeps the Catholic intellectual tradition alive in its readers’ minds. He discussed how America advances the conversation between Catholic thought and the contemporary culture, giving the example of an article covering a recent book by Fr. Jim Martin about how the LGBT community and the church can converse with each other. “This example was important for our students to hear, as well as the concept that the Catholic intellectual tradition, as represented by Fr. Martin’s book, is an ongoing conversation,” said Michelle Loris, professor and associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and chair of the Department of Catholic Studies.

America covers trends in the Church, news from the Vatican, social justice issues and anything else that relates to Catholicism. “We find a way for the Jesuit journal to cover the news of the day,” Reidy said, explaining how writers try to find an angle or hook to whatever the latest news may be, from politics to entertainment.

America, founded in 1909, publishes about 26 times a year. The staff has become more diverse, with Catholics and non-Catholics working for the publication all over the globe. Reidy said America also is committed to publishing more online, has a radio show and develops videos and short documentaries.

For more information on America visit, https://www.americamagazine.org/.