“Religion in the Media: How Has It Changed, Where Is It Going, Why Does It Matter? ” Barney Zwartz, Public Christianity, 24 August 2016

“One of the maxims I remember from theological college is that Christians are to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. The same, with caveats, could be said of journalists.”

Journalism nowadays is highly imperfect because the media content is now being distorted and journalists have discarded their duties as watchdogs: to report crime, injustice and any threat to a true democracy. Media coverage in Australia is being threatened by three things: First has been the existential threat to established news media, electronic as well as print, bringing catastrophic cuts to revenue and thus to resources. Newspapers are struggling to survive, loss of trust in institutions and the advent of the internet. The number of religion stories slowly started to decline and religion stories suffer because most journalists have neither the experience nor good, familiar contacts; oftentimes they provide superficial coverage and fail to cover the important points. Most secular journalists are weary of covering religion because it is an area with banana skins all over.However, ignorance does not explain enough. In his foreword to Blind Spot, Michael Gerson says that the reasons for the ignorant or distorted treatment of religion in the public sphere go much deeper than biblical or theological illiteracy. According to Gerson, the news media has an entrenched outlook that assumes religion should be actively excluded from matters of public concern. The absence of proper reporting of religion in Australia is a serious problem although there is very little hope.

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“Religion in the Media: How Has It Changed, Where Is It Going, Why Does It Matter? ” Barney Zwartz, Public Christianity, 24 August 2016

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