In Religion and the News journalists and religious leaders reflect on their interactions with one another and their experiences of creating news. Through a series of original contributions, leading practitioners shed light on how religious stories emerge into the public domain. Experienced journalists and religious representatives from different faith traditions critically consider their role in a rapidly evolving communicative environment. Aimed at journalists, faith representatives, religious leaders, academics and students this book offers a timely exploration of the current state of religious news coverage and makes an original contribution to the emerging media, religion and culture literature, as well as to media and communication studies. Religion and the News presents insights from leading journalists and religious leaders, many well-known figures, writing openly about their experiences. Contributors include: Jolyon Mitchell, Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues Edinburgh University; Christopher Landau, Religious Affairs Correspondent, BBC World Service; Andrew Brown, The Guardian; Professor Lord Harries of Pentregarth, former Bishop of Oxford; Dr Indarjit Singh, Director of the Network of Sikh Organisations; Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, Director, Jewish Information and Media Service; Imam Monawar Hussain, Muslim Tutor, Eton College; Charlie Beckett, Director, Polis; Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent, The Times; Catherine Pepinster, Editor, The Tablet; Riazat Butt, Religious Affairs Correspondent, The Guardian; Professor the Worshipful Mark Hill QC, Barrister and Fellow, Centre for Law and Religion, Cardiff University.
’At a time when religion is ever more prominent in national and international events, it is important for the public to understand it in all its complexity. The news media are central to this, and this fine volume details well the breadth and depth of the task these media face in meeting this challenge.’ Stewart M. Hoover, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA 'What’s the current state of the relationship between religion and the news media in Britain? This series of informative and entertaining chapters by experts from both worlds tells a story not of divorce or indifference - but of a stormy, intense, and complex relationship which is changing as fast as religion and the media themselves.' Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University, UK '… media and faith representatives, as well as academics and students… will find plenty here to occupy themselves with. The book includes an important discussion of religious censorship versus free speech by the director of English PENPEN, Jonathan Heawood.' Church Times 'There is a very thorough, and encouraging, bibliography; clearly a lot of good work is done in this field.' Regent’s Reviews