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Journalist Fellows' Papers

To do, or not to do God: Faith in British and Finnish journalism

Reuters Institute Fellow's Paper

Annikka Mutanen, a science journalist at the Finnish magazine Tiede, has researched conventions that guide journalists when they are writing – or choosing not to write – about religion.

Via interviews with 25 journalists and editors from the British and Finnish press, she examines whether newspapers are reluctant to understand and explain religious faith. On the other hand, do they leave religious ideas unquestioned and beyond criticism? To a certain extent, the answer to both questions was yes–and more so in Finland than in the UK.

As with all Fellows’ research papers, any opinions expressed are those of the author and not of the Institute.