5Q+1 interview: RNS writer David Gibson on the Godbeat, falling into journalism and his conversion to Catholicism

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5Q+1 interview: RNS writer David Gibson on the Godbeat, falling into journalism and his conversion to Catholicism.

GETRELIGION.ORG — On his Twitter profile, Religion News Service national reporter David Gibson describes himself as a Catholic convert, a Vatican veteran, a faith fan and an alliteration addict.

His RNS bio notes that he has written two books on Catholic topics, including a biography of Pope Benedict XVI.

Gibson was honored recently as the Religion Newswriters Association’s Religion Reporter of the Year for large newspapers and wire services. His winning entry included “The story behind Pope Francis’ election,” “Is ‘Just War’ doctrine another victim of the Syrian conflict?” and “The ‘Breaking Bad’ finale was great. But was it good?”

GetReligion has both praised Gibson’s work and — sometimes — questioned why RNS publishes his “analysis” pieces without labels identifying them as such.

What I like about Gibson is that he seems to enjoy the give and take and not take it too personally.

Case in point: his willingness to do this interview.

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This analysis of media coverage appears online at GetReligion.org.