Other traits that are assets for religion journalists:
- Respect for the role of faith in people’s lives.
- Immense curiosity about religion and a willingness to learn — and keep learning — about it.
- An abiding sense of fairness and balance, and an understanding that there are often more than two sides to a story.
- The absence of any interest in pushing any religious viewpoint.
- A commitment to covering all kinds of diversity — of faith, both within Christianity and outside of it, and of ethnicity, gender, economic status and geography.
- Willingness to spend time with all sorts of people in the places where they live, gather and worship
- Willingness to work through language and cultural challenges.
- Strong news skills, because religion includes much more than feature stories.