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Blind SpotWhen Journalists Don't Get Religion$
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Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Roberta Green-Ahmanson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195374360

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195374360.001.0001

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Getting It Right

Getting It Right

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Blind Spot

Roberta Green Ahmanson

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores some of the conceptual barriers that journalists face in covering religion, particularly the common modern assumption, shared by many journalists, that religions cannot be understood as forms of knowledge. It recommends that journalists strive to understand what religion is, try to take seriously an individual’s faith or lack thereof, take history seriously, question their own assumptions and the assumptions of our time, consciously try to avoid “pack journalism,” and realize that even in religious affairs, details matter a great deal.

Keywords:   concepts, barriers, journalists, religion, knowledge, assumptions, pack journalism

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