BR 16:04, Aug 2000
Jots & Tittles
Religion in the News
You were twice as likely to find a religion story in the news in the 90s than you were in the 70s and 80s. And the stories in the 90s were longer, too, according to a recent study of the medias coverage of religion in America.
In all, about 23,500 stories appeared in the major news media over the past three decades. This translates into 285,000 column inches in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Time magazine, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report combined, and more than 80 hours of air time during the evening newscasts prepared by ABC, CBS and NBC. And just about half of those inches and hours date to the 90s, according to a random sampling of 2,365 stories conducted by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, in Washington, D.C.