Why do the media so often miss or misunderstand major news stories?
One reason is that, in today's complex and pervasively religious world, understanding religion is vital in accurately reporting and interpreting current events. The authors of the award-winning book ‘BLIND SPOT: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion’ argue that all too frequently journalists and commentators do not take religion seriously and therefore fail to grasp the religious context of the news.
The authors of BLIND SPOT: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion argue that, while theology need not shape journalists’ work, knowing the nuances of religion will lead to better reporting and will better serve the public. In today’s world, a broad understanding of religious beliefs can no longer remain the bailiwick of “religion” editors alone, but must inform the work of all who gather and report the news.
With backing from the Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life’s Media Project, Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert and Roberta Green Ahmanson edited BLIND SPOT, with contributions from a diverse array of political scientists, professors of religion, policy experts, research scholars, writers, and think tank fellows.
Blind Spot's essays examine news stories reported by major media outlets in which key religious dimensions were ignored, overlooked, or misrepresented. These stories range from the 2004 U.S. presidential elections, to Iran, Iraq, and the papal succession. Blind Spot offers all readers – whether people of faith or not – an interesting and balanced analysis of the news media's uneasy relationship with religion and religious issues.
Blind Spot has just been awarded the Book of the Year 2009 Award from the Religious Communication Association . Earlier in the year the Blind Spot book also won theWilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council. The award recognizes excellence in the communication of religious issues, values and themes in the secular media.