Religion Reporting in the Shrinking Newsroom

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Amanda Greene, family and faith reporter at the Wilmington Star-News and the Divinity School’s fall media fellow, presents “Religion Reporting in the Shrinking Newsroom” on Oct. 9. The brownbag session will be at 12:20 p.m. in Room 0016 Westbrook.

Greene’s talk will focus on coverage of faith at a time when U.S. newspapers, her own included, are laying off staff and making other drastic changes in the face of declining revenues and readership.

An award-winning reporter, Greene has written about such diverse topics as the lives of Iranian Baha'i refugees, the plight of deteriorating historic churches in the South, the life of a Hindu wedding planner, the growth of North Carolina cowboy churches, and the roles of hospital, police and port chaplains.

 In addition to her work in print, Greene runs the paper’s blog on faith: The Divine Diva.

The Divinity Media Fellows program, an initiative of Duke Divinity School and Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, offers mid-career journalists covering religion a four-week opportunity to broaden their knowledge of Christian history, theology and practice.

Fellows sit in on a variety of Divinity School classes, find quiet time for reading books recommended by professors, and attend school activities ranging from public lectures and forums to services of worship.