Religion and the 1963 March on Washington

August 28 is the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington. There’s a huge rally down at the Lincoln Memorial today and media coverage has been ramping up in preparation. One of the complaints we’ve gotten about that coverage is that it has oddly avoided mention of the religious component of the original march [Read More...]

Americans prejudiced against Al Jazeera?

The new cable news channel Al Jazeera America is drawing a lot of major media attention. USA Today asks in a relatively meaty story: Al Jazeera America: Will U.S. viewers buy it? A chunk of that report: While journalists may be eager to join a news outlet that promises to air in-depth coverage, media analysts [Read More...]

Godbeat losing one of its best and brightest

Usually, we critique religion news here at GetReligion. Occasionally, we report on significant developments on the Godbeat. This is one of those times, although — as lightning fast as news travels in the social media age — many of you probably already heard this. Bob Smietana, a regular GetReligion reader and commenter and the award-winning [Read More...]

Hey, you put your opinion in my news!

One of the many products offered by Religion News Service is its daily round-up of news items, a chatty summary that is almost always infused with opinion. Here’s an example from earlier this month: The Texas Freedom Network, a nonprofit civil liberties group, posted on its website last week that it had discovered that six [Read More...]

Pope Francis’ 1st miracle: media coverage of mercy

A day after Popocalypse 2013 happened, we have the actual transcript of the remarks that got journalists worldwide going. And it’s safe to say that a quick read of it gives a different impression than the headlines or tweets that blasted out the news. But, hey, we are a culture of tweets and headlines, not [Read More...]

Some RNS cheerleading for gay marriage

A poor outing from Religion News Service this week in its article about the passage of the British government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. While it is a wire service story and cannot be held to the same standards of depth of reporting as a story prepared in house by a newspaper, it nonetheless should [Read More...]

Religion journalists save the day for young scribes

Last night I had the privilege of moderating a panel discussion for The Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Political Journalism. This summer program gives students internships at media organizations, coursework in politics and economics, and other features (such as mentors to guide you as you start your career). Anywho, the director asked me to [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]


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