Quantity, Quality, and Religion in the News Since 9/11

Stewart M. Hoover

in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the American News Media

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195395068
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Quantity, Quality, and Religion in the News Since 9/11


The terrorist attacks on the United States by al Qaeda on September 11, 2001 led to increased public interest in religion in general, and Islam in particular. It led to increased awareness on the part of journalists, editors, and publishers that religion should be nearer to the center of the news project. It led to a higher profile for public information and public understanding of religion in politics and in policy making. It led to a greater appreciation of religion in the foreign and domestic policy establishments. There is little doubt that 9/11 sparked a boom in the coverage of religion in the news. Prior criticism had found consensus on one point: that whatever else one might say about religion journalism, all could agree there simply was not enough of it. This article analyzes what really changed since 9/11 by asking whether this increase in quantity has been accompanied by a change in the nature of religion news, and thus what the prospects are.

Keywords: 9/11; al Qaeda; terrorist attacks; United States; religion journalism; religion news; religion

Article.  6389 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies

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