Not all of these sites address the role of religion in the news — but we think they should, and they could. Learn from those that do, teach those that don’t.

Press Think: Ghost of Democracy in the Media Machine. In which The Revealer‘s publisher bravely explores the murk of media world and offers up visions for a better press. Indispensible.

Blogs for .Orgs gives smart blogging advice for non-profits.

BuzzMachine‘s blogger, Jeff Jarvis, knows more about religion than he lets on. And even more about the media.

Romenesko is like a mirror on the media. Only this mirror’s smarter. This is the place for media gossip and news.

 

The Daily Howler presents an idiocy a day. Sometimes it’s about God.

MediaChannel — Walter Kronkite says it “matters.” Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to think religion does.

Tyndall Report monitors network news, with a handy breakdown of minutes allotted the top ten stories.

Media Matters is a liberal press critique with a powerhouse lineup of analysts, including former conservative activist David Brock, a founding writer of Wired, and a bunch of bloodhound politicos. Partisan, thorough, and smart.

Columbia Journalism Review — very respectable.

American Journalism Review — also august.

Online Journalism Review — perfectly respectable.

First Draft, by Tim Porter, is a smart, very detailed blog about newspapering. But why is there so little about religion’s role in the press? Especially given that Porter’s working on a book calledThe Media Missionaries?

Editor and Publisher: Read between the lines for the theology of the press.

Religion News Service is not so much a critique as a “secular” resource for journalists. Given the state of religion reporting, make of that what you will.

Rhetorica: “analysis and commentary about the rhetoric, propaganda, and spin of journalism and politics, including analysis of presidential speeches and election campaigns. This site features the Rhetorica: Press-Politics Journal web log, comprehensive news media links, a rhetoric textbook, a primer of critical techniques, and information for citizens. The character of Rhetorica represents the purposes and canons of classical rhetoric. –Andrew R. Cline, Ph.D.”
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