One, two, trend: Godbeat pros changing jobs!

Here at GetReligion, we focus mainly on critiquing the mass media’s coverage of religion news.

Occasionally, though, we like to call attention to news related to the Godbeat itself.

Alas, at least three well-known individuals in the world of religion news reporting have made or announced major moves in recent weeks.

And as we all know, three examples make a trend. So we must report on this growing trend of religion journalists changing jobs.

First, there’s Daniel Burke, who has left Religion News Service for CNN.

From CNN last week:

Daniel Burke joined CNN Digital on Monday as co-editor of the Belief Blog. Burke comes to CNN from Religion News Service, where for the past seven years he covered everything from Amish funerals to the Zen of Steve Jobs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today and The New York Times, and he has been recognized by the American Academy of Religion and the Religion Newswriters Association. He is based out of DC and reports to Meredith Artley, Managing Editor of CNN Digital.

Congrats, Daniel!

Burke’s departure, of course, created an opening at RNS.

Enter former star GetReligionista Sarah Pulliam Bailey, who will join RNS as a national correspondent in June.

From RNS this week:

Bailey most recently worked as managing editor for Odyssey Networks, covering religion through multimedia. Before that, she spent four years as online editor for Christianity Today, the nation’s premier magazine for evangelicals.

Her articles have appeared in The Wall Street JournalUSATodayCNN and the Chicago Sun-Times, and have won awards from the Religion Newswriters Association and the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

“We’re delighted to welcome Sarah as she brings her abundant talents to our newsroom, including her smart writing and dynamic use of social media,” said Publisher Debra L. Mason.

Congrats, Sarah!

Finally, Cathy Lynn Grossman announced recently that she’s leaving USA Today.

In a public posting on her Facebook page, Grossman shared:

Countdown to a new life!

After 42 years in daily journalism, a mostly fabulous ride over 17 years at the Miami Herald and 23 with USA TODAY, I’m leaving on a buyout wave, headed for my next adventure.

Which is?

God knows! Hey, what else would you expect to hear from the religion writer?

Best wishes, Cathy!

Those are the moves that we know about. If we’re missing any, by all means, please leave a comment and share details.

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About Bobby Ross Jr.

Bobby Ross Jr. is an award-winning reporter and editor with a quarter-century of professional experience. A former religion editor for The Oklahoman and religion writer for The Associated Press, Ross serves as chief correspondent for the The Christian Chronicle. He has reported from 47 states and 11 countries and was honored as the Religion Newswriters Association's 2013 Magazine Reporter of the Year.

  • Julia B

    I checked out the CNN Belief Blog.
    Holy cow, I now really, really appreciate the generally high level of the comments here.

  • Julia B

    BTW Every time I want to comment here, Disqus makes me change my password.
    What am I doing wrong?


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