Religion in the News

Religion in the News is a section of the BBC Religion website which presents a small number of current news items about religion from around the world.

Classroom suggestions:

a) Ask students to access three news items. They should analyse the content for:

i) the main elements of the story;
ii) how the story is presented;
iii) the extent to which the story is treated positively or negatively;
iv) the religions that are represented.

b) Choose one of the three articles and compare the article already studies with articles about the same incident in other newspapers (tabloid and broadsheet). What similarities and differences are evident? What do students think actually happened?

For more ideas:

  • Questions in RE: Identity & Diversity, edStephen Pett, includes a section of activities on what the media say about diversity of religion and belief. This publication is available online from RE Today; further details are availablehere.

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