Religion news vies for space as newspapers downsize
May 01, 2007
The Dallas Morning News recently received the Religion Communicators Council award for the nation’s best religion section. It was the 10th time in 11 years that the News had won, and it has reaped similar prizes in annual Religion Newswriters Association contests.
Unfortunately for the News, there’s no chance for another title. In January the newspaper discontinued the section, citing economic concerns.
It isn’t the only publication deciding to drop sections devoted to religion. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently combined religion with its “living” pages, while the Wichita (Kansas) Eagle dropped its religion editor and downsized the beat.
No one has sensed yet that great numbers of religion reporters and editors are losing their jobs, though specialty news beats such as religion, science and education often suffer during times of economic cutbacks.