Mormon journalism watchdog group identifies both insightful and inaccurate press
November 19, 2012 Salt Lake City, Utah -- In concert with the Religion News Service, MormonVoices has selected the ten best and ten worst instances of "Mormon Moment" media coverage for 2012. The lists can also be found at MormonVoices' website at mormonvoices.org.
"The presidential campaign has drawn so much unprecedented attention to Mormonism," said Scott Gordon, Managing Director of MormonVoices. "Understandably, people wanted to know more about a religion that might affect their president's decisions. We did everything we could to encourage fair and accurate reporting, but unfortunately also had to respond to some very biased and inaccurate reporting."
Religion News Service approached MormonVoices with the idea for the lists, and published both on its website.
"We appreciate that many in the media suddenly had a very difficult task, to report on a religion that might have been completely unfamiliar to both the reporter and the audience," continued Gordon. "We're very appreciative of how well some outlets handled that challenge, and certainly hope that others will improve."
MormonVoices.org is an independent, all-volunteer organization dedicated to helping millions of Mormons around the world get their voices heard in the public square as issues important to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its members are discussed. The organization offers information, resources, and volunteers to journalists and religion writers who are unfamiliar with Mormons or the LDS Church, or who want to verify information related to the Church from an independent source. MormonVoices is supportive of but independent from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City, Utah. More information may be found at http://www.MormonVoices.org.
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