Arts & Culture
Master of Arts (MA)
In light of recent clergy abuse scandals, cover-ups and leadership shake-downs, it is a divided time in the Catholic Church: but this isn’t the whole story. My final capstone project is a critical essay of how Catholicism (and religion overall) is represented in mainstream media--particularly in secular news publications and entertainment (horror films) in the United States. By examining the coverage and how conversations differ within members of the Catholic Church--from journalists and critics to active Catholics, religious men and women--this project calls for greater accountability, fairness, faith representation in all media, and the overall claim that there are Catholic stories far greater than the stereotypes.
Escobar, Allyson R., "Telling the Good News" (2018). CUNY Academic Works.
Timeline of Catholic Church clergy abuse (raw data)
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What does religion look like in the media? Analyzing the landscape of religion in U.S. mainstream media, including the kinds stories covered, how mainstream outlets talk about religion, and the makeup of religious journalists in newsrooms.
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And then there were nun: Religious sisters in Hollywood - For decades, Hollywood has put forth conflicting portrayals of Catholic nuns, who have dedicated their lives to the Lord. Does "nunsploitation" affect the way nuns are viewed in the larger culture?
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Catholic Studies Commons, Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Ethnicity in Communication Commons, Journalism Studies Commons, Mass Communication Commons, Other Film and Media Studies Commons, Social Influence and Political Communication Commons