Kate Shellnutt Talks Religion Reporting, Blogging

Kate Shellnutt '08. Photo from Houston Belief.net.

Kate Shellnutt, a 2008 graduate of Washington and Lee University, has parlayed her majors in religion and print journalism into a post at the Houston Chronicle newspaper, where she produces the “Houston Belief” religion blog and reports on religion. Her work is the subject of a wide-ranging interview about newspapers, religion reporting and social media on another blog, “Get Religion,” which came out on May 16.

Kate, who also has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, told the interviewer, “I try to present thoughtful reporting or timely aggregations in ways that are particularly enticing for online readers.”

She also talked about working with volunteer bloggers while covering her beat. The interview touched on how religion is covered in Texas, how she aggregates content, and how she views her role: “There’s a huge amount of information out there, and I’ve become a filter for sharing, retweeting or contextualizing what’s most relevant and interesting to the HoustonBelief.com audience.”

Check out the interview and Kate’s blog; both are well worth a look.

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