Journalism in Good Faith: Issues and Practices in Religion Reporting
Eric Loo, University of Wollongong
Mustafa Anuar, Universiti Sains Malaysia
Eric G. Loo and Mustafa K. Anuar, Journalism in Good Faith: Issues and Practices in Religion Reporting, Marshall Cavendish Editions, Malaysia, 2010, 224p.
This book is written from our experience as former journalists and part-time media trainers currently teaching full-time in tertiary journalism programmes in Australia and Malaysia. The case studies and discursive frameworks are therefore derived from our observations of the media portrayal of religion and, in some cases, its related topic arearace- in Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Where cross-cultural communication elements and reporting methodologies are discussed, they are contextualised for flexible applications by journalists and journalism students across geographical and cultural boundaries. Various terms are used interchangeably in this book. For instance, the term 'dominant' is used interchangeably with 'mainstream'. 'Mainstream' refers to a collective group of people who are numerically, socially, economically, culturally and politically central to and dominant in the reporting of public issues and events. 'It applies specifically to people who constitute part of the ruling elite. Our book primarily explores how 'mainstream' journalists from the mainline media ought to communicate their stories emanating from different religious communities to their 'mainstream' audience in the spirit of fostering an educated perception and understanding of the religious and spiritual dimension of issues and events.
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