Covering religion poses unique challenges

Journalism isn’t a matter of faith, it’s a matter of facts. But journalism about faith, in fact, poses a dual challenge.

Tim Townsend of the Post-Dispatch

Tim Townsend, Post-Dispatch religion reporter

At noon Thursday, Dec. 13, experts in covering religion will discuss the difficulties inherent in their jobs during the Society of Professional Journalists’ monthly “News at Noon” speaker series, in the AT&T Room downstairs at the Missouri History Museum.

Among the guest speakers will be Tim Townsend, religion reporter and columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and Jill Moon, the lifestyles editor at The Telegraph in Alton, Ill., and the St. Louis Pro Chapter’s programming chair.

“Covering religion presents a very particular set of difficulties for reporters,” chapter President Tammy Merrett-Murry said. “There are few subjects as politicized, misunderstood and personal as religion. Journalists on the religion beat are required to present a story’s many facets, perhaps even more so than the average reporter.”

The Missouri History Museum is at 5700 Lindell Boulevard, near DeBaliviere, on the north side of Forest Park. The event is free and open to the public. Guests may bring their lunch or buy food from the museum’s restaurant. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m.

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