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Et tu, Tim? Townsend latest to leave the Godbeat (updated)

Speaking of Ch-ch-ch-ch Changes … In the last few weeks, we’ve highlighted the departures of two respected journalists from the Godbeat. First, Bob Smietana left The Tennessean. Then Ann Rodgers announced plans to leave the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  Now, a third religion-writing superstar — Tim Townsend of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch — has decided to leave the [Read More...]

Two forgiveness stories that are worth your time

Forgiveness has been making a lot of headlines lately, at least it seems to me. Pope Francis asked for forgiveness for the evil committed by priests who molested children (for more insight, see George Conger’s post Wednesday). A Louisiana congressman who campaigned on a Christian family values platform requested forgiveness for an extramarital affair. In Texas, a Fort [Read More...]

New to the Godbeat in St. Louis: Lilly Fowler

Congrats to @RNS contributor @LillyAFowler, succeeding @townsendreport as #religion writer at @STLtoday. Starts Jan. 20. #journalism — GetReligion (@GetReligion) January 11, 2014 @GetReligion Thanks much! Big @townsendreport shoes to fill. Will do my best. — Lilly A. Fowler (@LillyAFowler) January 10, 2014 @LillyAFowler Congratulations, Lilly. You'll be great. Can't wait to read your stories. @GetReligion [Read More...]

More personnel changes on the Godbeat

Here at GetReligion, we don’t generally report the news. We critique media coverage of the news. But when significant developments occur among Godbeat pros, we try to share that information with our faithful readers. That’s because we believe that it matters who’s covering the religion beat — and who isn’t. Lately, we’ve had a number [Read More...]

Do religious readers really want quality religion coverage?

It has been awhile since our own Bobby Ross, Jr., quoted that laugh-to-keep-from-crying tweet by New York Times religion scribe Laurie Goodstein that said (all together now): “Will the last one on the religion beat please turn out the lights?” Mocking the typical newsroom attitude that three anecdotes equals a valid news trend, Ross asked [Read More...]

Assessing the state of the Godbeat

I posted earlier this week on three veteran superstars of the Godbeat — Ann Rodgers, Bob Smietana and Tim Townsend — deciding to leave major daily newspapers. I noted a tweet in which The New York Times’ religion writer Laurie Goodstein joked, “Will the last one on the religion beat please turn out the lights?” Playing [Read More...]

So this renegade Polish priest and an Episcopal bishop walk into a bar …

OK, not really. But you know how we’re always going on about stories that make people not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church seem like they are, in fact, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church? Well, here’s a great example of a religion journalist doing it right. Here’s the very top of St. Louis Post-Dispatch [Read More...]

God works through means: a story

I’m not sure if we looked at the media coverage of the “miracle priest” in Missouri. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s an early Associated Press account of how a “mysterious priest” “suddenly appeared” and prayed over and anointed a badly injured car accident victim with oil. That piece is headlined “Priest comes out [Read More...]


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