By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
What’s the statute of limitations for pulling a story out of the GetReligion guilt folder?
Seriously, I want to call attention to a remarkable piece of news reporting — written under tremendous deadline pressure — that predates GetReligion itself. This journalism-focused website, in case you need a refresher, launched in 2004.
As you undoubtedly know, today marks the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
It seems appropriate then to recall just how much Time magazine incorporated religion into its original in-depth report on the events of 9/11. My thanks to New York Times Godbeat pro Elizabeth Dias, a Time alumnus herself, for highlighting the story by Nancy Gibbs on Twitter this morning:
If I read the Time story back in 2001, I don’t remember it. At the time, I was religion editor for The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City. I was focused on my own reporting, including writing four bylined response pieces on 9/11.
But I’m glad I took the time to read Gibbs’ piece today. It brought back so many memories. And yes, it covered crucial glimpses of faith present at that time.
The opening itself — written in Time’s analytical style — certainly emphasizes that element:
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All of my GetReligion columns (September 2018):
• Friday Five: Missionary muckraker, Kavanaugh hearing, McCarrick crisis and more. Published Sept. 7.
• Monday Mix: Kavanaugh, Tennessee church shooting, Baptist women, rainbow-banner burning. Published Sept. 24.
• Kavanaugh-Ford: Trump’s Supreme Court nominee references Catholic faith in dramatic hearing. Published Sept. 27.