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Religion beat caught in U.S. journalism changes

By Chris Herlinger, New York Chapter

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Three journalists discuss how their organizations approach religion news during the 2009 Religion Communicators Council national convention.

The journalists are (from left) Rachel Zoll, national religion writer for the Associated Press; John Yemma, senior editor of The Christian Science Monitor; and Michael Paulson, religion reporter for The Boston Globe.

News coverage of the U.S. religious landscape has in recent years gained visibility because of increased interest in faith-related issues.

But now the religion beat faces an uncertain future, given the current flux in U.S. journalism, prominent religion journalists told the Religion Communicators Council National Convention in Cambridge, Mass.

“The religion beat is suffering collateral damage,” reporter Michael Paulson, who covers religion for The Boston Globe, said during the council’s March 26-28, 2009 meeting.

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