Status of Main Author

Faculty

Department/program

Journalism and Communication

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-13-2015

Abstract

Research shows the earlier students are exposed to a topic, the greater the potential for long-term knowledge gain. A survey (N=513) tested religious knowledge for journalism students and non-journalism students. Results indicate journalism students scored poorly on basic religious knowledge and in fact fared no better than non-journalism students. We argue that small changes in curriculum emphasis can help increase religious knowledge and improve job performance for journalists, who face an increasing diversity in both readership and news sources.

Publication Title

Journal of Media and Religion

Volume

14

Issue

3

First Page

145

Last Page

159

DOI

10.1080/15348423.2015.1080081

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