Belief Beat

Believe it or not, most news is religion news, whether we’re covering wars, terrorism, politics, immigration, bullying, holidays, you name it. Even when a story seems completely unrelated to faith, there are usually religion ghosts lurking between the lines.

Whether you’re a journalist, a blogger, a student, or someone simply interested in learning more about how national religion reporters cover your faith and other issues, check out these free events in Chicago and New York City next week:

Nov. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.: Covering Religion: How to Balance Facts and Faith in the Search for Truth
Northside College Prep High School, 5501 N Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60640
The News Literacy Project will be hosting a panel discussion about religion reporting exploring the relationship between fact, faith, and journalistic standards. Featuring panelists Manya Brachear (religion reporter for the Chicago Tribune), Kevin Eckstrom (editor-in-chief of the Religion News Service, via Skype), and Odette Yousef (Northside reporter for WBEZ), and moderated by Art Norman of NBC5 News.

Nov. 4, 1-4 p.m.: Covering Religion in the Shadow of 9/11
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway, New York, NY
Five religion writers — Samuel Freedman, Jaweed Kaleem (Huffington Post), Laurie Goodstein (New York Times), Ari Goldman & George Vecsey — talk about covering religion and how it has changed in the decade since 9/11. The audience will include visiting students from Colgate University and their professor, Chris Vecsey, author of “Following 9/11: Religion Coverage in The New York Times.” Event is co-sponsored by the Religion Newswriters Association and is open to RNA members and prospective members. Refreshments will be served. RSVP by Oct. 31 to Nicole Neroulias.

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