Nuns, strippers and the never-boring Godbeat

Sister Mary Clarence could totally fix this: Nuns file suit over noisy strip club next door: http://t.co/9JTlzgJO3i pic.twitter.com/kyLz0ISk0F — Kevin Eckstrom (@KevinEckstrom) June 18, 2014 Two words: nuns, strippers. AP colleague on this irresistible story also touching on zoning law, strip club rights: http://t.co/n0ZhByigSh — Michael Tarm / AP (@mtarm) June 18, 2014 Suburban nuns [Read More...]

Some compelling religion stories from Easter front pages

Fittingly, stories of rebirth and renewal made their way to many newspaper front pages on Easter Sunday. One of my favorites ran in the Chicago Tribune. That story, by Angie Leventis Lourgos, highlighted Christians such as Edeette Chukro, a Syrian who celebrated her first Easter in America: Easter is bittersweet for those seeking refuge like Chukro and [Read More...]

Scoring spiritual points before Super Bowl Sunday

Every year about this time, we face a blitz of profile stories of coaches, athletes, owners, fans and even pets preparing to square off on Super Bowl Sunday (I’m a huge fan of Puppy Bowl, by the way). The big story in advance of the 2014 human installment: the frigid temperatures and whether or not [Read More...]

Surprise! A same-sex marriage story that gets religion

For the latest Christian Chronicle, I wrote a news story on judicial authorities in the Pacific Northwest state of Washington formally admonishing a superior court judge — also a Church of Christ elder — for voicing his preference not to perform same-sex marriages. As part of that story, I cited the Wall Street Journal’s recent report [Read More...]

Jackpot! Godbeat pro shows her winning hand

If you’re in a hurry, there’s no need to finish the rest of this post. Just make sure you take the time to read this story. This 2,000-word piece by Chicago Tribune religion writer Manya Brachear exemplifies the absolute best of Godbeat journalism. It combines solid reporting, vivid writing, relevant context, excellent sourcing and real-life [Read More...]

Pod people: ‘Conservative’ Baptists spark a conversation

In three and a half years, I’ve written 439 posts for GetReligion (this makes 440, I believe). That ranks me No. 5 on the all-time GetReligionista list, with tmatt the Hank Aaron of GR at 3,139 and Mollie next at 2,015. That’s a lot of posts. And that’s a lot of opportunity to type a [Read More...]

What NOT to teach a metro reporting intern

Need a new role model after #MileyCyrus? Try Sister Vivian, a rockin’ 100yo nun who’s pushing for women priests http://t.co/AagH92HIWu — Karen Chen (@ckaren15) August 27, 2013 In a perfect world, an internship with a major American newspaper would bolster the lessons learned in Journalism 101. In such a setting, an intern would receive real-world [Read More...]

Put not your trust in Huffington Post headlines

I know a maiden fair to see, Take care! She can both false and friendly be, Beware! Beware! Trust her not, She is fooling thee! Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s advice about women — especially blondes … And she has hair of a golden hue, Take care! And what she says, it is not true, Beware! Beware! [Read More...]


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