People who write for newspapers are not secure in their jobs these days. Everyone who follows the newspaper business knows the circulation and ad revenues are declining.
If you were a writer reporting on religion, you might wonder if maybe religion will be the next thing on the chopping block. According to the link below, several of the nations longest serving writers on religion have moved to other parts of journalism.
But, it isn’t just budget problems the haunt the topic of religion, it is the nature of the topic itself. In the case of Christianity, there are estimated to be more than 30,000 denominaions. Every one of them has come into existance for one reason, it is right, the others are wrong.
This being the case, there is inevitably criticism of writers who cover religion. “Why don’t you give more coverage to the branch of the faith that knows what it is talking about?” ask people from every faith. That coverage of religion is biased comes in from many denominations.
The impossibility of successfully dealing with this accusation of bias is, reportedly, a factor in the loss of some seasoned members in religious reporting. With 30,000 denominations, each with only limited tolerance of the others, the futility of working to eliminate the charge of bias is obvious.
Newspaper management may be wrong in not paying enough for and encouraging reporting on religion. Certainly, it is a topic a broad section of our society finds very interesting.