Pod people: What was top 2013 story for Pope Francis?

I am sure that GetReligion readers will be shocked, shocked to know that the Godbeat professionals in the Religion Newswriters Association selected the election of Pope Francis Superstar as the top religion-news story of 2013. It goes without saying that Pope Francis was also named Religion Newsmaker of the Year. Click here to read the [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...]

Intrigue in the wide, wide world of the religion-news beat?

For several days now, I have been very curious about an item related to mainstream journalism work on the religion-news beat. The following appeared in the online column by Dr. Debra Mason of the world-famous University of Missouri School of Journalism, who is also the executive director of the Religion Newswriters Association of America. The [Read More...]

Scared ‘journalist’ hides in a church, lives to write about it

A few weeks ago, a Twitter post from Tim Townsend, the award-winning religion writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, caught my attention. The tweet linked to a Gawker.com piece titled “Journalism is not narcissism.”  The enlightening essay concludes: The extent to which we train a generation of young writers to become robotic insta-memoirists is the [Read More...]


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