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Ten Things to Keep in Mind When the Mainstream Press Calls You

A guide for Pagans and other religious-minded folks

By Jason Thomas Pitzl

The press often does a bad job reporting on our faiths and practices. That’s not really a controversial statement, that’s just the way it is. That shouldn’t stop you from talking to the press, but it does mean you should keep some things in mind when you do.

1. Reporters usually (but not always) have a certain angle already planned out before they call you. In some cases, the story had to be “pitched” before they could proceed — or it was editorially handed to them. Now, that could change after interviewing you, but it isn’t likely.

2. If you are a Pagan, Polytheist, practitioner of an indigenous or traditional faith, or are part of a religious minority outside the mainstream, expect the reporter to have preconceived notions and biases about who you are and what you do. This is increasingy true today — as many religion-beat reporters are coming up from jobs at niche Christian outlets.

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