Here it is, a semester’s work of 10 Missouri School of Journalism seniors (including myself): Project 573 2013.
Our topic this year was the rise of people with no religious affiliation, since more people (particularly young people) are considering themselves atheists, agnostics, secular humanists or deists rather than adhering to a particular religion.
Reporting on religion isn’t easy, and neither is building your own institutional framework for your publication. We cut some stories, revamped some stories and even had some stories come out the way they were pitched. We plucked up our courage and got interviews at all costs:
(No, the woman Liz and Blake were talking to wasn’t used in the final publication, but apparently she was interesting in her own right.)
My main contribution was a piece of reflections from members of older generations. It touches on where this trend may be coming from and how older people feel about it, but most of all it is to show the role religion has played in the lives of people so we can better understand the difference a lack of religion may or may not make.
It’s the third piece of the Faith and Families section, but I’d recommend reading to it rather than skipping ahead. The entire project is incredibly interesting, and though it was a tumultuous process, we’re all very proud of our work. And when you’re done, we’d all love to hear your thoughts!