The media's coverage of religion is an important question for academic researchers, given the central role which news media play in ensuring that people are up-to-date with religion news developments. Not only is there a lack of treatment of the subject in other countries, but there is also the absence of comparative study on news and religion. A key question is how the media, the political system, the religions themselves, the culture, and the economy influence how religion is reported in different countries. Spiritual News: Reporting Religion Around the World is intended to fill this gap. The book is divided into six parts: an introductory section; the newsgathering process; religion reporting in different regions; media events concerning religion; political and social change and the role of religion news; future trends.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Oxford, Wien, 2018. VIII, 418 pp., 15 b/w ill., 32 tables
Professor Yoel Cohen is on the faculty of the School of Communication, Ariel University, Israel. His research
interests include religion and news; and media and religion in Israel and Judaism. His book publications includeGod,
Jews & the Media: Religion & Israel’s Media; Whistleblowers and the Bomb;and Media Diplomacy:
The Foreign Office in the Mass Communications Age. He is co-convenor of the Religion, Communication and Culture working
group, The International Association for Media & Communication Research (IAMCR).