That's an interesting and tantalisingly ambiguous question. Are we talking about the appearance of beliefs in an increasingly multi-platform world, the question of belief or otherwise in media values and performance, or some combination of the two?
The Religion Newswriters Foundation, the charitable arm of the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) in North America, is encouraging journalists to apply to its Lilly Scholarships in Religion Program. The scholarships give full-time journalists in the USA and Canada (only) up to US$5,000 to take any college religion courses at any accredited institution at any time.
Given the nature of both the topic and the media, if religion is covered as news, the bad stuff will predominate; if it appears as features, the good side gets a chance to show, says Martin E. Marty. He illustrates his point with reference to Southern Baptists in the USA.
Specialised news agencies such as ENInews need financial empowerment to sustain editorial independence. They need more support from churches and religious-backed organizations, says Peter Kenny. More importantly, they need backing from the mainstream secular community as well.