You’ve probably already heard about it from BuzzMachine, but if not, the most interesting thing I’ve seen on the Web lately is Jay Rosen’s “Journalism Is Itself a Religion,” a long, challenging essay posted two days ago on his Pressthink site. Here’s the billboard:
The newsroom is a nest of believers if we include believers in journalism itself. There is a religion of the press. There is also a priesthood. And there can be a crisis of faith….
The essay was written to herald the launch of The Revealer,
a promising-looking on-line magazine about religion and the media. The Revealer is definitely worth a look, but read Rosen’s essay first. As BuzzMachine says, “I can’t quote it without mangling it so go pour a cup of coffee and have a good read.” I agree. It’s a must.