Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Filling the `Religion Gap'

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Filling the `Religion Gap'

Article excerpt

People of faith who complain about the religion gap in commercial television news coverage often try to explain it by charging that people running national news organizations are not well-enough informed about religion to know how many good stories there are to be told; that they are too secular to understand the importance of religion in people's lives; or that they and advertisers are afraid of the controversy religion stories could invite. We have found on Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly that none of these reasons holds up.

There are wonderful stories to be told, in abundance, and many of these stories seem made for television. We covered an African-American Muslim's first Hajj, and watched him join nearly a million other pilgrims as they slowly circled the Ka'aba. That is an unforgettable picture. Moreover, in that story and hundreds of others we have done, when people of faith talk about their deepest spiritual feelings, it makes powerful television.

Another lesson is that a person does not have to be religious to cover religion. …

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