Reporting Religion


“Reporting Religion” is a research project jointly run by Prof. Jackie Harrison (Journalism Studies) and Professor James Crossley (Biblical Studies).

Religion has been a high profile media topic, from the “war on terror” through to the sensitivities surrounding Islam and Muslims in British society. However, despite the prominence of overtly “religious” topics, the regulatory definitions of what “religion” actually is remain extremely vague, thus leaving a potentially wide scope for the construction and portrayal of religion by journalists, programme producers/makers and selected public intellectuals.

The “Reporting Religion” project explores the ways in which the concept “religion” is assumed and/or constructed in the contemporary British media specifically how specific religions and religious texts are privileged, undermined and/or ignored.

This project also involves an examination of the relationship between journalism and public intellectuals with regard to factual reporting, populism, and opinion-formation.

This project also investigates the possibilities of more “unconscious” censoring or constructing of what can and cannot be said and done with religious issues and analyses whether contemporary British media representations are (and in what way) part of wider cultural and political trends. More information can be found here.