Covering Religion: Field Insurgency In United States Religion Reporting

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Dr.. Gregory Perreault, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The present study analyzes the role of religion reporting with the journalistic field. Personnel cuts within newsrooms and the development of “religion reporters” operating from religious institutions necessitate a re-exploration of the changing field. At stake is the coverage of religion, a topic particularly pertinent to residents in the United States, nearly 77% of which identify as religious to some degree. Simultaneously, the majority of the United States tends to think journalists cover religion poorly. Through the lens of field theory, this study analyzes 20 interviews with U.S.-based religion reporters who work for both mainstream and religious publications.

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Perreault G, Montalbano K. Covering religion: Field insurgency in United States religion reporting. Journalism. January 2022. doi:10.1177/14648849211073220. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2022
religion, niche reporting, lifestyle journalism, field theory, field insurgency, in-depth interviews

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