The role played by local newspapers and radio in encouraging an understanding of faith has been highlighted by a new report.
Learning to Listen, the 98-page report on Religion in the Media, forms part of a wide-ranging review of ‘religious literacy’ across UK press and broadcasting.
Peter Crumpley, a Church of England minister who previously trained as a news reporter, says journalists are often unaware of the rich source of news and feature stories that lie within faith communities.
He told Christian Today, faith leaders are often either wary of the media or are not aware that newspapers and radio stations would welcome hearing from them.
Mr Crumpley says, where churches have built links with media, positive and informed coverage is often achieved.
As a former Director of Communications for the church, Mr Crumpley has covered faith issues in the media for more than 45 years.