January 28, 2010
The Godbeat is dying
The Godbeat is dying. Sadly, that’s one reason I left. But it’s affecting others, and I need to look no further than Twitter for evidence of this. It was there this month that I learned hallowed religion writer Cathleen Falsani had lost her column for the Chicago Sun-Times.
Falsani was just the latest in a long line of religion writers to lose their gigs. If you think newspapers have taken a beating in the last five years, the Godbeat has been decimated. As we GetReligionistas often discuss, the press just doesn’t get religion—and editors have often seen religion reporters as non-essential:
Indeed, it’s gotten bad enough that Freakonomics co-author Stephen J. Dubner picked up on the “trend”—a real trend, not one of those three-example myths—on his blog for The New York Times:
Read the rest here.