Monday, December 15, 2008

Religion: What happens when journalists get it wrong

Recently, I was sent a book to review, Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion:
Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion

If you are in the Washington area, Tuesday, December 16, 12:00 - 2:00 P.M., the Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom offers a panel discussion of the book, co-edited by Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert, and Roberta Green Ahmanson and published by Oxford University Press on December 1, 2008:
In today's world, a broad understanding of religious beliefs can no longer remain the bailiwick of "religion" editors alone, but must inform the work of all who gather and report the news. The panel will discuss the dangers inherent when journalists miss, misinterpret, or simply fail to report the religious dynamics in world news.

In line with what I have said here, legacy mainstream North American media are far more likely to just go under than to cover this area responsibly. More on the book in a later post.

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