PublicationsMarch 6, 2014

Media Coverage of Pope Francis’ First Year

One year into Francis’ papacy, an analysis by the Pew Research Center finds that the former Jesuit archbishop – who was named Time’s Person of the Year – ranked among the top global newsmakers in major U.S.-based digital news outlets.

PublicationsFebruary 23, 2012

Religion in the News

The biggest religion stories during 2011 centered on tensions over Islam and the U.S. presidential campaign, with more than half of the politically-focused coverage involving Republican hopeful Mitt Romney and his Mormon faith, according to a new study.

PublicationsFebruary 24, 2011

Islam Was No. 1 Topic in 2010

There was a changing of the guard in religion coverage in 2010 as Islam supplanted the Catholic Church as the primary religious newsmaker. A new report by PEJ and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life examines the events and controversies that drove the coverage and conversation in mainstream and social media.

PublicationsJune 11, 2010

The Pope Meets the Press

The Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal is making headlines again at a level not seen since 2002, according to a new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Find out more about the scandal’s resurgence in Europe, coverage in the U.S. media and intense media scrutiny on the pope himself.