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Baker, John. "Faith as News: A Christian Clergy Perspective on News Media Coverage of Religion." MA Thesis. U of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Journalism and Mass Communications, Under the supervision of Professor Carla Kimbrough. Lincoln, Nebraska: August, 2012

Copyright (c) 2012 John Baker


Religion and the news media have had a long, contentious relationship. While the roots of American journalism lie in the particular theology and practices of Puritan New England, journalism’s clashes with authority, including the religious establishment, set it on its course to independence.

While the general public sees the news media as largely neutral toward religion, a significant segment of evangelical Christians see the news media as “unfriendly” toward them. This thesis suggests that group identification, as well as conservative political orientation, are prime factors shaping this perception of the new media.

Adviser: Carla Kimbrough