When more sometimes means less

Authored by: Joyce Smith

The Routledge Handbook of Religion and Journalism

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138304963
eBook ISBN: 9780203731420
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Audiences have never had so many ways in which to access news about religion. However, this range of platforms and technologies does not necessarily result in a commensurate increase in coverage. Changes in newsroom approaches to specialized or beat reporting as well as shifting business models have affected the inclusion of religion in mainstream news sources. With special attention to the Canadian experience, this chapter examines the challenges in a differentiated market to good reporting on religion at a time when religion itself continues to evolve as a concept. The potential for news reporting in an age of technological differentiation to interact with and in part to influence religious behaviors and groups is posited.

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