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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Journalism

ISBN 9781138304963
Published October 30, 2020 by Routledge
458 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Journalism is an outstanding reference source to the key topics, challenges, past and present global issues and debates in this exciting subject. The first collection of its kind, this volume comprises over 25 chapters by a team of international contributors. This Handbook is divided into five parts, each taking global developments in the field into account:

  • Theoretical Reflections
  • Power and Authority
  • Conflict, Radicalization and Populism
  • Dialogue and Peacebuilding
  • Trends

Within these sections, central issues, debates and developments are examined, including religious and secular press; ethics; globalization; gender; datafication; differentiation; journalistic religious literacy; race and religious extremism.

This volume is essential reading for students and researchers in journalism and religious studies. This Handbook will also be very useful for those in related fields, such as sociology, communication studies, media studies and area studies.

Table of Contents


1. Religion and Journalism: The Global View

Xenia Zeiler and Kerstin Radde-Antweiler

Part 1: Theoretical Reflections

2. Reporting Refugees: The Theory and Practice of Developing Journalistic Religious Literacy

Jolyon Mitchell and Sara Afshari

3. Religion and Journalism under Secularization

Henrik Reintoft Christensen

4. The Role and Function of Journalism for Religious Organizations

Tim Hutchings

5. Gender, Religion and the Press in Scandinavia

Mia Lövheim

Part 2: Power and Authority

6. Race, Religion and the News: The Reagan Administration and the Fairness Issue

Diane Winston

7. The Negotiation of Religious Authorities in European Journalism

Teemu Taira

8. From Good Press to Fake News: Who’s Got the Word? Religion, Authority and Journalism in Brazil

Karina Kosicki Belotti

9. Asian Media: A Pillar of Religious Authority?

Yoel Cohen

10. Religion and Journalism in Ghanian News Media

Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu

11. Gender, Religion and News Media in Africa

Katryn Pype

Part 3: Conflict, Radicalization and Populism

12. Reporting the Divided Soul of the Nation: Religion and Politics in American News Media

D. Ashley Campbell

13. Media Visibility of Religion and Conflict in the Digital Age

Tanja Maier

14. Gender, Religion and New Medias in Latin America

Kelber Goncales

15. Shukura: Gratitude, Faith and the Unlikely Relationship Between Gender, Religion and Journalism in Brazil

Priscila Vieira-Souza and Andréia Coutinho Louback

16. Journalism and the Rise of Hindu Extremism: Reporting Religion in a Post-Truth Era

Pradip Thomas

17. Radical Others and Ethical Selves: Religion in African Journalism

Jennifer Mary Hasty

Part 4: Dialogue and Peacebuilding

18. Ethics, Religion, and Journalism in the USA: Their Roles within Political Dialogue and the Peacemaking Process

Doug Underwood

19. Peace versus Conflict-Journalism in Poland: Representation of Islam, Muslims and Refugees by Progressive and Right-Wing Polish Media

Anna Piela

20. Journalism, Religious Intolerance and Violence in Brazil

Magali do Nascimento Cunha

21. Reporting Religions with Chinese Characteristics: Sinicizing Religious Faith, Securitizing News Media

Wai-Yip Ho

22. Religious Peacebuilding in Zimbabwe: The Role of the Printing Press

Joram Tarusarira and Admire Mare

Part 5: Trends

23. (De)Differentiation and Religion in Digital News

Johanna Sumiala

24. Differentiation: When More Sometimes Means Less

Joyce Smith

25. Globalization as a Trend for Journalism: Researchers’ Perspectives

Liane Rothenberger and Cornelius B. Pratt

26. Religion and Journalism in a Globalized World: A Journalist’s Perspective

Paul Chaffee

27. Religious Datafication: Platforms, Practices and Power

Pauline Hope Cheong

28. Datafication as a Trend for Journalism: a Journalist’s Perspective

Andreas Mattsson

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Kerstin Radde-Antweiler is professor of Religious Studies at the University of Bremen, Germany.

Xenia Zeiler is associate professor of South Asian Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland.