Jeffrey MacDonald is a correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, and in this chat he talks about his article on the school shootings at Newtown, Connecticut, and the way people affected by those events responded spiritually, what gave them strength, and how church helped them to come to grips with their situation. He also explains why and how the Monitor's approach to news is different from the mass media in that it goes deeper, stays longer, provides more long-term answers.
Among the questions he answers are: How can the media get at the human heart of the stories instead of dwelling on the sensational aspects? How can American media in general be elevated? What are the major spiritual points that answer the question: "How can communities recover from violence?"