Faith in Journalism: How news organizations can build trust with religious Americans

    June 24, 2022 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

    More than 75 percent of Americans say religion is an important part of their lives. How do these Americans see themselves and their faith reflected in news coverage? What does reporting on faith get right and wrong? How do editors and reporters think about who they’re reaching with these stories and who they’ve lost? And how might this coverage build trust in journalism among communities that have been historically misrepresented?

    Join us and our distinguished panel to learn:

    – How journalists of faith navigate challenges from inside their newsrooms and from inside their faith communities;
    – Whose faith is centered in coverage and whose is marginalized, mischaracterized, or misunderstood;
    – Which best practices can help extend our community’s understanding of itself.

    Panelists include:

    – Dawn Araujo-Hawkins, news editor at Christian Century; vice president at Religion News Association
    – Alison Bethel, vice president of corps excellence at Report for America
    – McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic
    – Nadine Epstein, editor-in-chief and CEO at Moment
    – Aysha Khan, journalist and Harvard Divinity School student
    – Holly Meyer, religion news editor at The Associated Press
    – Bill Mitchell, publisher, CEO, and president at the National Catholic Reporter
    – Paul O’Donnell, editor-in-chief at Religion News Service

    The conversation will be moderated by Julie Moos, the Journalism Institute’s Executive Director, and will surface suggestions and questions for journalists and newsrooms across the country as they consider how covering people of faith can broaden their reach and build credible connections in the communities they serve. If you have questions about this program, please email Julie Moos at

    This free program is supported by an operational grant from the Deseret Management Corporation.