Pennsylvania reporter shows how to correct error

Last week, a sad news story out of Pennsylvania made the rounds. Originally, it had a bad headline and lede: Fetus found in high school bathroom; Lancaster County student jailed on $1M bail A 19-year-old McCaskey East High School student was charged with concealing the death of a child after she reportedly gave birth to [Read More...]

Journalism and the first few minutes after childbirth

There is nothing new about journalists arguing about the loaded language that surrounds our public debates about abortion. For starters, there is the whole “pro-choice” vs. “anti-abortion” thing and all of the years in which editors in so many mainstream newsrooms granted one side of the debate it’s positive, vague, self-chosen label while slapping a [Read More...]

WPost demonstrates how not to respond to Gosnell critiques, again

It’s like drinking water from a fire hose. That’s what processing all of the information coming out right now about either the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell or the problems with the media coverage of same is like. I have 600+ emails in my inbox to open and they keep coming. Many want to just [Read More...]

At last! Actual journalism on the same-sex marriage beat

This week marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War. I was an early skeptic of the war, back when that was a somewhat lonely place to be. Journalists who engaged in more cheerleading than skepticism toward that war have been spending the week issuing mea culpas for their failure to consider [Read More...]

Bang! Bang! Hey, eat some cotton candy!

A front-page headline on the print edition of USA Today that landed in my driveway earlier this week grabbed my attention: Guns are a ‘way of life’ in Texas Yep. Can’t dispute that. As a native Texan whose brother carries his concealed handgun into his Fort Worth-area church building each Sunday morning, I understand just [Read More...]

Are ashes to go a Protestant no-no?

This week’s celebration of Ash Wednesday has prompted several stories built around the theme of “ashes to go” — a recent phenomena of liturgical Protestant church ministers — (I’ve seen reports of Methodist, Episcopal and Lutheran clergy involved) imposing ashes on the foreheads of individuals in public places outside of the confines of worship. (Yes, [Read More...]

Coming soon to a TV near you: ‘The Bible’

It only took 2,000-plus years, but ‘The Bible” is making news. Seriously, both USA Today and the Wall Street Journal  ran features today on the epic miniseries scheduled to air next year on the History Channel. From USA Today: Famed television producer Mark Burnett tackles his projects with passion, but The Bible is a special labor of love. [Read More...]

Pod people: Forgiveness is such a simple word

Forgiveness is such a simple word But it’s so hard to do when you’ve been hurt  The above lyrics from Kellie Pickler’s “I Wonder” provide a fitting introduction to this post. On this week’s Crossroads podcast, host Todd Wilken and I discuss forgiveness and media coverage of it. We focus on two recent GetReligion posts touching [Read More...]


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