Let’s see: a meaty, 3,200-word religion story — part profile, part trend piece.
Quick, name the national news organizations producing such in-depth journalism on the Godbeat these days. Did Al Jazeera America make your list?
“Good reporting,” said the subject line on an email from a GetReligion reader.
The reader wrote:
This article could have been much more cursory but instead goes the distance on showing motivations, pitfalls, wins and losses along the way in this report on attempts to live a ministry in distressed urban areas.
Godbeat pro Eric Marrapodi of CNN complimented the story, too:
— Eric Marrapodi (@EricCNNBelief) July 6, 2014
The piece introduces readers to Matthew Loftus, a 27-year-old white man who moved into a poor, high-crime, nearly all-black neighborhood in Baltimore.
This section up high makes it clear that holy ghosts won’t haunt this report: