Once again, #Ferguson defies easy analysis but demands solid journalism and context

Here we go again. 

I'm supposed to write a post this morning critiquing media coverage. But honestly, the situation at this point defies easy analysis and understanding:

Daniel Burke, editor of CNN's "Belief Blog," made an excellent point on Twitter:

"Journalism, and context, are so crucial." Can our Godbeat friend get an "Amen!?"

Speaking of context, this is another relevant tweet I saw (via a retweet by the excellent @tweetmattingly):

Full disclosure: I watched the prosecutor speak, and I watched the president speak, but I couldn't take the 24-hour news talking heads, so I flipped the switch and don't know if CNN and Fox showed churches full of people praying or not. 

But I do know that some excellent religion writers are on the scene, including Lilly A. Fowler of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, who has been tracking the faith angle in Ferguson for months and — after a late night — was back bright and early this morning:

CNN's Eric Marrapodi is in Ferguson, too. 

While his duties extend beyond religion, he's certainly attuned to that crucial angle:

If you see solid religion reporting in Ferguson or come across any holy ghosts, please don't hesitate to let us know — either in the comments section or via @getreligion.

Stay tuned.

Update: See Terry Mattingly's post at the link below:

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