HarrisX and the Faith & Media Initiative published a ground breaking study of attitudes and perceptions regarding the state of faith and religion in the media.
Here are some of the findings:
82% of respondents globally define themselves are religious, spiritual or a person of faith.
74% affiliated with a specific religion or denomination.
72% believe in God or other deities
35% identified themselves as a person of faith.
31% identified as generally religious
27% identified as spiritual
Journalists feel that coverage of faith & religion is poor, inconsistent, and becoming more marginalised. They express fear around ’getting right’ religious coverage, particularly in largely secular newsrooms. Religious stories are not seen as a good fit for ‘hard’ news, easier to do ‘soft’ coverage and focus ‘hard’ news on times of controversy or scandal.
There is a growing gap between the coverage of religion and the needs of the faithful – global desire for better coverage, understanding and representation of faith in media.
53% of respondents say the media actively ignores religion as an aspect of society and culture today.
59% of respondents believe it’s important that the news media covers a diverse set of faith and religious perspectives or content.
63% of people globally said that high quality content on faith and religion is needed in their respective countries.
People want faith and religious stereotypes to be addressed:
61% say media perpetuates these stereotypes rather than protects against them
78% believe such stereotypes should get the same or more attention as race and gender stereotypes
8 in 10 believe faith and religious groups must provide more relevant spokespeople:
Over 85% want more diversity and lived experiences from these representatives (among those who feel faith and media groups must do more)
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