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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 Religion in the Newsroom

Getting Religion in the Newsroom

(p.145) 8 Getting Religion in the Newsroom
Blind Spot

Terry Mattingly

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores newsroom barriers to covering religion well, and draws on a series of interviews with journalists and editors generally believed to be doing well at connecting religion and journalism. It highlights the need for journalists to examine the religious language and labels that they use; the need for diversity of religious knowledge and awareness in newsrooms; the role of editors in offering better training and resources both to religion reporters per se and others whose work veers into religious territory; and the need to strive to get inside the daily lives and mindset of the people covered.

Keywords:   newsroom, editors, journalists, religion, barriers, language

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