Conflictual Diversity and Contested Cultural Heritage: Newspaper Coverage of Religion in Norway 1938–2018
Keywords:Norway, newspapers, visibility of religion, diversity, mediatization
The visibility and diversity of religion in selected Norwegian newspapers published in the capital of Oslo is studied in a quantitative
analysis at ten-year intervals from 1938 to 2018, with an emphasis on
the last forty years. Recent structural transformations in the newspaper industry and editorial choices cut the number of articles on religion
considerably in 2018 compared to earlier years. However, the relative
visibility of religion in the share of the total editorial output is fairly
stable, at about 1.5 per cent of the content. Rather, the changes have
been with the diversity and criticism of religion. The representation
of Islam has strongly increased, while the newspapers have played
down the coverage of the Lutheran majority church. The conflictual
diversity and contested cultural heritage in the newspaper material are
partly shaped by the media dynamics in the mediatization of religion.
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