Pass the popcorn! This movie preview gets faith theme right

Movie junkets, and the stories that result from them, share a certain predictability — and it doesn’t usually involve any depth of discussion about faith issues. During my stint as assistant features editor at The Oklahoman in the late 1990s, I went on a few of them. In those days, the studio flew reporters to Los [Read More...]

The Boys from Buenos Aires?

What is an ultra-conservative Catholic? A member of the Society of St Pius X? A faithful Sunday communicant? A Trappist monk? Or is it someone whose name appears on the subscription lists of both My Daily Visitor and The National Review? There is nothing improper, from the perspective of good journalism, in describing someone as [Read More...]

How many atheists does it take to form a ‘megachurch?’

In pitching a trend story for a national audience, a headline-friendly catchphrase goes a long way. Take the expression “atheist megachurch,” for example. That’s sure to grab editors’ attention, right? Such was the case over the weekend as The Associated Press reported on what it characterized as atheist megachurches “taking root across the U.S. and [Read More...]

Missing Catholic voices in Belgium’s euthanasia debate

Let me commend to you an excellent article on a horrible subject. The Associated Press story “Belgium considering unprecedented law to grant euthanasia for children, dementia patients” reports on moves by the ruling Socialist Party to permit doctors to euthanize children as well as adults with dementia. This report — long at 1000 words from [Read More...]

Communion cup and infectious disease

How did he do it? How did the Bishop of Fargo infect (possibly) hundreds of Catholics with hepatitis A? The Associated Press ran a story with the headline “North Dakota bishop exposes 100s to hepatitis A” but does not explain clearly to my liking what happened. Is this a case of a reporter assuming a [Read More...]

Yet another one-sided AP same-sex marriage story

Over the weekend, I did a post titled “Another one-sided AP same-sex marriage story.” I complained, not for the first time, that The Associated Press seems to have decided that stories about same-sex marriage need to include only one side: the side excited about same-sex marriage. My post prompted this comment from a gay-rights advocate [Read More...]

Pod people: Facts are your friends, journalists

Here at GetReligion, we make no secret of our bias. That bias: our deep affection for good, old-fashioned journalism. In two recent posts, I highlighted stories at opposite extremes of that ideal. I discuss those posts with host Todd Wilken on this week’s episode of “Crossroads,” the GetReligion podcast. In my “When religious liberty clashes [Read More...]

WWROD? Hang out with the GetReligionistas team

Ask any religion-news professional to list the top reporters on the beat in the late 20th Century and Richard Ostling will be right near the top. That’s why, very early in the history of this blog, your GetReligionistas started suggesting that — when facing tough issues about how to cover religion in an accurate and [Read More...]


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