Why don’t journalists get religion?

Ett citat av Gal Beckerman från Columbia Journalism Review maj/juni 2004: Why don’t journalists get religion?

“Something else seems to be at work here, something more systemic. Diane Winston, who currently holds the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, sets the argument up by describing journalism and religion in the following way: ‘These are two institutions that both want to define the world for other people and both want to be seen as vehicles for truth, enlightenment, and guidance for daily living.’ On the one hand, there is journalism, premised on the notion of objective reality. To report is to write about what can be seen, heard, touched, smelled. Journalism is grounded in this world and embodies a belief that everything can be known. On the other hand is religion, which is fundamentally about mystery and the unknown. Faith is grounded in this notion, that we surrender ourselves to greater powers beyond our reach. How can journalism, then, welded as it is to the known world, contend with faith and belief? Or, as Waldman of Beliefnet puts is, ‘You are dealing with very squishy, difficult to quantify topics. Do you have a soul? What happens to it? Journalists tend to look for proof of things, and this is one area where proof is harder to come up with.’”