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THE CATHOLIC JOURNALIST CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA VOLUME 68 NUMBER 4 MAY 2016 By Stephen Kempf St. Louis Review Last June, I was excited for #CMC15 in Buffalo - my first professional journalism conference. It didn't matter that a coworker's resignation became my registration. The day before departure, I meticulously packed my clothes and laughed off a suggestion from my wife that she could help me pack - I can do it myself, thank you. I knew what to pack - my boss had "politely" suggested that I wear business or business-casual. I arrived at the hotel after a nice flight and went to change from my old, comfortable pair of cargo shorts into my nice business-casual pants. Nope. No pants. Two pairs of dress shoes, two belts, several nice shirts. No pants. As an introvert, I was mortified about walking into the conference dressed as I was. My editor shot me a mildly astonished look. Or was he embarrassed? My coworkers got quite the kick out of my inability to remember such a simple, necessary item. Two hours later, and a cab ride to Kohl's with my newfound friend Ahmed, I returned to the conference eager to learn, network and put the whole "no pants" thing behind me. Regardless of my fashion, the conference was a great experience. I met wonderful people on fire for the evangelization mission we are all a part of. I learned a ton from helpful presenters. I met and spent a great evening with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe at Niagara Falls. The 2015 conference was a huge benefit to me personally and professionally. I was even honored with some Catholic Press Awards but, almost a year later, any congratulations I receive are often countered with: "Yeah, but you forgot your pants." This year, I'm excited #CMC16 is in St. Louis. I'm excited to show off this wonderful city and its beautiful basilicas. I'm excited to be getting together again with so many wonderful people actively engaged in spreading the Good News of our Lord. I'm excited to learn what the fantastic presenters have to teach. Most importantly, I'm excited that, should I forget them, my pants will be a short drive away (and should anyone else suffer from the same misfortune, I'll be happy to help you find a store.) Meet - no, Tweet - me in St. Louis. This is a great city. Just don't forget your pants. Bring your ideas (and your pants) to St. Louis Isn't it time we put some effort into better obit headlines? By Bob Zyskowski The Catholic Journalist The recent deaths of Justice Antonin Scalia and Mother Angelica brought to the sur- face good questions for editors and headline writers: When is the age of the deceased important enough to include in the headline? When is the date the person died important enough to put in the headline? If one is writing a headline for anything other than for news flash purposes for a website, or social media outlet, or for a daily newspaper, is it necessary to use the word "died" or "dies"? Instead of the age, date of death, and fact of death, what might a headline say about the deceased that would be informative to readers of weekly, bi-weekly and monthly periodicals? At right is a sample of headlines culled from Catholic publications. You be the judge of which are the most informative and effective. EWTN FOUNDER Mother Angelica dies at 92 Scalia, longest-serving justice on current Supreme Court, dies at 79 Mother Angelica, founder of EWTN, dies after long illness Mother Angelica, 92, EWTN's Founder and First Public Face Mother Angelica's legacy includes vast media apostolate With prayer and feistiness, Mother Angelica did the impossible Bishop McNabb brought piece of Peru to Grosse Point Park Ann Wilkins, mother of deacon, dies at age 90 Father Gerard M. Brennan, retired Air Force chaplain Father Joseph Peek dies March 14 Sister Jauron served church for 83 years Sr. Teresita Miksas EDUCATOR, CONGREGATIONAL LEADER Msgr. Kohler, a 'champion of the needy,' spent life working for less fortunate Deacon Sommer had strong faith and simple approach

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