Catherine Woodiwiss

journalist, editor, design thinker

Washington, DC

Catherine Woodiwiss

culture · tech · religion · design


You Can’t Mute All the Trolls: How to Be a Journalist in 2017

On today's episode, our deputy web editor @chwoodiwiss chats with with journalists @sullivanamy, @dawn_cherie, and @ayshabkhan about something journos usually don’t like talking about: when doing our job becomes too much. We discuss the public's rising suspicion of journalism, dealing with traumatic images, fending off Twitter hate, and—whew—why we still love the work.
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Reopening the Wounds of War in Afghanistan

“It seems as if Americans have signed onto a pact of forgetting: a collective effort to expunge all memory of the war in Afghanistan.”
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How Christians in Kenya Are Trying to Hack Corruption

In Nairobi, religion and technology—two of its most robust economies—don’t always know how to speak to each other.
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Americans’ Quest for the Christmas of Their Childhoods

Nostalgia isn’t just a feeling. It’s a commodity.
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Things We Can't Unsee

If there is one confession a journalist never wants to make, it’s that she can’t handle the truth.
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George Saunders on Trump, Mystery, and Why He Rejects Social Media

Try this on: You’ve been assigned to cover a handful of Trump rallies, across middle America, in the spring. The last thing on your mind, probably, is how to be kind. Unless you're George Saunders.
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Mallory Ortberg on Why It's So Easy to Make Fun of Christians

Mallory Ortberg, comedy queen of the internet (and more formally known as co-editor of The Toast), spoke at Calvin College’s Festival of Faith & Writing in April. Though daughter to evangelical pastor John Ortberg and sister to Laura Turner, a religion and culture writer, Mallory is a previously avowed atheist whose own work deals more with texts from literary characters and the dirtbags of history.
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AI just outmatched the human brain — 10 years ahead of schedule
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Marginalia: Column

To be a white woman in America is to be precariously power-adjacent.
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Radical Refuge

II. "I got a target on my body, some body please protect me."
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Brave New Technology. Same Old Fears.

These days, Americans don’t need a formative youth in post-soviet Romania to be uneasy about omnipresent surveillance.
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The Era of White Anxiety Is Just Beginning

Ask those involved in justice work where they find hope for the future of America, and they will likely point to demographics: Racial minorities are on track to outnumber non-Hispanic whites in America for the first time by 2042. Especially in left-leaning circles, the assumption is that a more diverse country will mean a more welcoming one — and, indeed, one more friendly to progressive policies and ideals.
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Catherine Woodiwiss

I'm a journalist in Washington, D.C., and deputy online editor for Sojourners, where I focus on culture, tech, and religion.

My work was featured in The New York Times and has recently appeared in The Atlantic, Pacific Standard, The Washington Post, ThinkProgress, and Books & Culture.

My favorite posture is ethnographer, tracing the evolutions of ideas and rituals through time and place.

As a systems design thinker, I also co-founded Trestles, a service design consultancy for creative economies in DC and Raleigh/Durham, and co-launched Homestage, a DIY house show network in DC.

In 2014, I spoke on collaborative solutions and "Do It Together" design models at SXSW in Austin, Texas.

A collection of my reporting on sexual abuse in Christian communities, "I Believe You: Sexual Violence and the Church," was published the same year (avail on Amazon).

Featured Columnist, Sojourners Magazine, 2016-present

Award, Science for Religion Reporters, AAAS/DoSER, 2016

Fellow, International Reporting Project, Johns Hopkins (Technology + Religion), 2015

Award of Excellence, Editorial or Opinion, ACP 2015

Award of Mention, Book (Nonfiction), ACP 2015

Fellow, Radio/Film, Media Institute for Social Change

Member, Religion Newswriters Association