Stories that matter: slow journalism for interreligious understanding


Tell stories that matter. This is what journalism do and also what religions have done during centuries (Sharlet, 2018). Interfaith dialogue is one of the challenges faced by society (Abu-Nimer and Alabbadi, 2017) in a digital, globalized and accelerated (Rosa, 2019; Durham Peters, 2018) world, in which population movements are constantly growing. In this context, media is an agora for people of different faiths and beliefs. However, these media are still implementing the digital dynamics, which demand to be fast, immediate, interactive and short.

In this framework, slow journalism breaks the digital rules (Sims, 2018) and appears as a genre working for the sake of quality and rigour, implementing an in-depth fact-checking and an impeccable literary writing. This genre has the non-fiction tradition of literary journalism (Wolfe, 1973) as its reference and practice the so-called new new journalism (Boynton, 2018), which talks about facts using the techniques of fiction, giving voice to everyone involved in stories and prioritising knowledge to immediacy.

As religion and media influence each other (Campbell, 2018; Hoover and Lundby, 1997), this study wonders: How is slow journalism covering religion? Are its techniques a tool for better knowing the Other? Is this practice a path for dialogue? These are the questions that this research aims to study through the content analysis of 75 articles published the slow journalism magazines Jot Down, Gatopardo, and The New Yorker, along with 38 in-depth interviews with journalists and experts related with them.