The art of religion news during the redesign of the New York Times, 2014
Industrial age news media was learning to compete in the digital age while the digital native news media were learning that being native to the digital world didn’t mean that you couldn’t be wounded, killed, and eaten.
The art of religion news during the redesign of big news media, 2012-2014
How will the big media goliaths of the industrial age survive? How will their redesign affect the design of religion news? The current answers to this question can be summed up as going: big; social; global; local; and lean.
The art of religion news in the broadband, multimedia, social age, 2010-2011
The independent online religion news magazine, A Journey through NYC religions, was launched in 2010.
The art of religion news in the broadband, multimedia, & social age, 2006-2009
Listicles, memes, and photo lists fueled new startups’ ascent to the most viewed entertainment and news providers.
The art of religion news in the broadband, multimedia, & social age, 2000-2005
The 21st Century brought the rise of websites gushing with digital creations connected by fast, big rivers of data made possible by broadband networks, faster computers and more storage space.
The art of religion news in the Browser Age 1990 – 1999
The invention of the browser was like a spectacular magic trick of invoking new sights at the click of a finger.
The art of religion news in the PC age, 1976-1989
Complexity and contradiction in the art of religion news
The art of religion news in the internet age, 1962-1975
The era of plain text
The art of religion news in Disrupter City
News media innovations arose with the vast movement of people and ideas into late 19th Century New York City.
The incompleteness theorem of the art of religion news
More than anything else, New York City contains religious mysteries.
Sensationalism versus sobriety in the art of religion news in the 19th & 20th Centuries
The reign of “objective news” was gradually supplanted by the reign of screaming headlines and sob-provoking stories.
Intro: Complexity and contradiction in the art of online religion news reporting
The art of religion news media starts in America with its very first newspaper.
Sympathetic Objectivity Part 4
Skepticism and its journalistic embodiment investigative journalism are essential options for the reporter. In the first place the reporter needs to reflect skeptically on his own “sympathy” – is it just a poise to manipulate interviewees or is it real? It is so easy to fool oneself about one’s own virtue.
Second, a reporter needs to (more…)
Sympathetic Objectivity Part 3
Reporting should always pass through a zone of objectivity. This is a zone where one tries that super hard task of seeing as if a third party oneself and the people being interviewed. Fortunately, in this city of outsiders it should be easier to latch onto an outsider’s perspective. We try to accelerate this process by building an objectivity into our reporting process.
One way A Journey through NYC religions does this is through the use of four sensitizing questions that we always use during our interviews. We ask, what is unique and different about your religious organization? I.e. what is special, how would you convince us to check you out? What kind of impact is your synagogue, mosque, temple, or church having on your neighborhood or your network of people? And can you give an example of this impact from the last couple of weeks? If you were mayor of NYC, how would you change the city?
Sympathetic Objectivity Part 2
At A Journey through NYC religions we have a different approach which is built into our organization. Our idea of sympathy is that we have a “fellow-feeling” with our respondents. This solidarity is extended to “fellow understanding.” We empathize with them to the extent that we can think and feel like them. This reproduction of the other person into ourselves is not complete but is enough for empathetic understanding. Of course, the reproduction is constantly revised in light of comments and actions of the original, the person being understood! One reason we decided to launch a magazine rather than a blog was to develop a rigorous editing cycle of revisions.
This process resembles “adduction,” which the philosopher Charles Pierce said was the synthetic interaction of deductive reasoning (reasoning from your first religious or philosophical principles) and inductive reasoning (reasoning based on the patterns that present themselves in the reality that one is examining).