“Jewish Schindler reaches goal of saving more than 1,200 Muslim and Christian refugees. 60 imams and rabbis unite in Washington to promote peace. Muslims and Christians pray for peace in Nigeria
Headlines with good news are often buried in periodicals worlwide behind front page stories of tragedy and death. The reporter’s adage, “If it bleeds, it leads,” has become standard practice in many newsrooms internationally as editors seek to satiate the interest of the public at large. After all, no one wants to read about a train that arrives on time at its proper destination. If it crashes, on the other hand, or if it is delayed by a strike, people want details.
I recall a discussion in a journalism class at the University of Southern California in which a professor said the challenge of “peace journalism” was to find stories that people find interesting. We are naturally drawn to tales that contain conflict narratives. Unfortunately, our interest in conflict narratives can lead media consumers to develop a skewed perspective when reading stories or watching broadcasts about matters of faith. Westerners may come to believe that most Muslims and Christians in Egypt, Nigeria, and the Central African Republic are at odds with one another and that most Middle Easterners support terrorism. Similarly, Muslims in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa may come to believe