USA    STUDY REVEALS GROWTH IN MEDIA COVERAGE OF RELIGION
A new study has found that coverage of religion by major media outlets in the US has grown over the past 30 years.
   The study showed a dip in the 1980s, but said it rebounded in the 1990s to levels surpassing that of the 1970s. The study also showed that the Catholic Church figured more prominently than any other religion in news coverage. It also found that while the number of stories about the Catholic Church stayed the same, the percentage of stories about it decreased because of an overall increase in all stories about religion.
   The study, issued in April by the Centre for Media and Public Affairs and the Ethics and Public Policy Center, two Washington-based think tanks, examined news coverage in the ABC, NBC and CBS nightly newscasts; reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post; and articles in Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report magazines.
   
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