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“Mapping the Royal Road”: An Introduction to the <i>Oxford Handbook on Religion and the American News Media</i>

Diane Winston

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395068
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195395068.013.0000

Series: Oxford Handbooks

“Mapping the Royal Road”: An Introduction to the Oxford Handbook on Religion and the American News Media

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Focusing on four domains—religion, religious studies, journalism, and media studies—and mapping their feedback loops, this book explores how the news media shape and reflect what the public knows about religion. It complements existing research through a comparative and qualitative study of the themes, narratives, and frames employed by the American news media in their coverage of religions at home and abroad. It also examines the entangled history of religion and the news media in the United States from the colonial era to the present and includes articles on the religious press. By adding religion to the social history of American news media, the book builds on the work of scholars such as Michael Schudson, Gerald J. Baldasty, and Herbert Gans in studying the relationship between politics, the marketplace, and the press. Before detailing the book's structure and content, this introduction discusses the entangled history of religion and news in the United States, a working definition of religion and its impact on reporting, and the present state of research on religion coverage.

Keywords: United States; religion; journalism; news media; religious press; politics; reporting; history

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Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies

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