1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Journalism

Edited By Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Xenia Zeiler Copyright 2021
    458 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    458 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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


    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.