New York Times Religion Reporter Laurie Goodstein Says There Are ‘Days When I Feel Despair’ at News

New York Times National Religion Correspondent Laurie Goodstein.
New York Times National Religion Correspondent Laurie Goodstein.

Writing about religion isn’t all hope and inspiration.

“There are days when I feel despair about the news and the place of religion in it,” said Laurie Goodstein of The New York Times, named first-place winner for excellence in religion reporting at the Religion Newswriters Association’s 66th annual awards ceremony over the weekend in Philadelphia.

“This work is getting harder,” added Goodstein, in what she said were unprepared remarks. She won in the large newspapers and wire services category for stories published in 2014.

Yet religion reporting is more important than ever, said David Gibson of Religion News Service, who won the first-place award for excellence in religion news analysis.

“Religion writers are crucial in providing a deeper historical, cultural, political and theological framework,” said Gibson.

“The industry’s woes and the amount of news and the subject matter can weigh heavily,” Gibson added. “But then stories like the pontificate of Pope Francis and the response to him of so many people of good faith, and no faith at all, can provide a whole new perspective.”

The ceremony Saturday (Aug. 29) honored religion reporters from around the world. The group is an association for people who write about religion in the news media.

Religion writing “allows us to ask important questions that most other reporters usually ignore,  to ask people about their faith lives and to see what really makes them tick,” said Richard Dujardin, former religion reporter for The Providence (R.I.) Journal, who received the William A. Reed Lifetime Achievement Award. He retired in 2013.

The full list of winners and their winning stories are posted on the Religion Newswriters Association website.

 

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SOURCE: Religion News Service