Posts tagged "journalism and religion"

Subjective Fluff and the BBC

When the God-Beat-beat goes parliamentary, do the same standards of criticism apply? Do the same subjective questions religion-beat critics use to evaluate religion coverage — questions about the selection or reporting of religion stories, about the reporter’s tone and level of respect or understanding of the subject matter, or just one critic’s personal sense of...

Not Much to Say

Reporters have been calling to find out what The Revealer has to say about the death of the pope. Not too much, we tell them. The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Rome correspondent,Ken Dilanian, accepted that as a fair answer and ran with it…

On a Shaky Wall

By Jeff Sharlet Beacon Press has just published a useful little volume for journalists on the God beat: The Separation of Church and State: Writings on a Fundamental Freedom by American Founders. It’s sized to fit beside cash registers in bookstores, and as such it should easily find space on any reporter’s bookshelf. The editor, Forrest...

Fragmented Journalism

Pamela Constable’s Fragments of Grace is a better illustration than diagnosis of what’s wrong with foreign religion reporting. Reviewed by Jeff Sharlet FRAGMENTS OF GRACE My Search for Meaning in the Strife of South Asia By Pamela Constable. Brassey’s. 263 pp. $26.95 Pamela Constable has been reporting from abroad for nearly two decades, and for The Washington Post since 1999;...