Religion and news

For Columbia Journalism Review, Gal Beckerman points out the disjunction between journalists’ and the public’s attitudes toward religion. She asks whether journalism’s mandate is “to offer not just a simple play-by-play of reality, but also to explore what stirs, inspires, pushes people to action?” (Via Bookslut.)

It’s a question that’s preoccupied me lately, although I’ve been thinking about it in the context of fiction rather than journalism. Oddly, I raised more or less this very issue in a writers-on-writing interview with novelist A.L. Kennedy that I’ll post tomorrow or next week.

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