Reporting refugees: The theory and practice of developing journalistic religious literacy

Jolyon Mitchell, Sara Afshari sarjaz

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This chapter considers the importance of journalists becoming more religiously literate, while also reflecting on how this could improve coverage of the refugee crisis. Two introductory examples are used to raise questions regarding how stories about refugees are covered and responded to, as well as the religious and ethical implications of such coverage. The authors consider: What prevented many journalists from including the voices of the refugees and migrants in their stories? Why were their religious traditions, beliefs and practices commonly represented so superficially or negatively? How should the part played by religion in the refugee crisis be covered? The core of the chapter is structured around three themes: First, a case for developing literacy among journalists is developed and is followed; second, obstacles to religious literacy are reflected and third, ways of overcoming these obstacles are considered. The conclusion goes beyond summarizing the argument to consider the implications not only for digital journalists but also for digital audiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Religion and Journalism
EditorsKerstin Radde-Antweiler, Xenia Zeiler
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter2
Pages17-30
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780203731420
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Oct 2020

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