If Bob Smietana is worried about the future of religion journalism in America, then we all should be.
Just the other night, Smietana — immediate past president of the Religion Newswriters Association — joined his Godbeat colleagues in celebrating the best picture Oscar for "Spotlight.
"Spotlight" is, of course, a "based on a true story" movie about Boston Globe journalists who won a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for their investigation into the Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal.
But after celebrating Sunday night, Smietana has a must-read piece today on the Washington Post's Acts of Faith blog that asks this timely and important question:
‘Spotlight’ just won an Oscar. So why am I so worried about the future of religion journalism?
Even before reading Smietana's op-ed, regular GetReligion readers probably have some inkling of his concerns.