Covering religion: Field insurgency in United States religion reporting

Gregory Perreault, Kathryn Montalbano

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The present study analyzes the role of religion reporting with the journalistic field. Personnel cuts within newsrooms and the development of “religion reporters” operating from religious institutions necessitate a re-exploration of the changing field. At stake is the coverage of religion, a topic particularly pertinent to residents in the United States, nearly 77% of which identify as religious to some degree. Simultaneously, the majority of the United States tends to think journalists cover religion poorly. Through the lens of field theory, this study analyzes 20 interviews with U.S.-based religion reporters who work for both mainstream and religious publications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1193-1210
Number of pages18
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2023

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  • field insurgency
  • field theory
  • in-depth interviews
  • lifestyle journalism
  • niche reporting
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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