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5 ways to get your Mormon news fix

Mormon News ReportIt’s been a slow news week in Mormonism.

And thank God. After the flurry of news and opinion pieces during this past month of excommunication controversies, it comes as something of a relief that when my Google Alert arrived yesterday its top hit was about the resurgence of the Mormon cricket. (Fifteen crickets per square yard in parts of Idaho. Watch your backs, people.)

So let me take advantage of this relative lull to highlight five great ways to get your Mormon-specific news fixes.

  1. Sign up for a Google Alert. This is often how I learn about breaking news stories. It was from Mother Google that I learned about missionaries now getting to use iPad minis to text their girlfriends and boyfriends perform important proselytizing services via social media.
  2. Get the Mormon News Report, stat. OK, this thing is the coolest—and even more extensive than a Google Alert. How Brandt Malone of the Cultural Hall has the time to compile this report every day I have no idea, because I believe he is just one person who has not yet figured out self-cloning. He combs media stories from around the world and links to them all. There are usually more than a dozen stories every day, and they are carefully curated. (To wit: no crickets.) It’s become an invaluable resource for me.
  3. Follow the Salt Lake Tribune’s Peggy Fletcher Stack. The Trib recently (and unfortunately) downsized its print coverage of religion, but the online stories continue, and Stack is without peer as a journalist covering Mormonism. She usually writes two or three stories a week on Mormonism, and they are all worth a read. (I do not, however, suggest reading the comments, which are categorically awful.)
  4. Get the LDS Living morning email. Yes, the ads are irritating: “Medical grade eczema products for the whole family!” And yes, the slant is often more toward feature stories than hard news, unless you think the “top qualities that David Archuleta is looking for in a wife” qualifies as hard news. However, this is helpful one-stop shopping for the Church’s official take on things, since LDS Living (part of the Deseret media empire) links to stories from the Deseret News, the Mormon Newsroom, and its own print magazine.
  5. And finally, don’t forget Religion News Service. Although my RNS blog is personal opinion about the news, RNS also offers opinion-free news stories about Mormonism and other religions. You can get the free daily Religion News Roundup by signing up here.

About the author

Jana Riess

Senior columnist Jana Riess is the author of many books, including "The Prayer Wheel" (Random House/Convergent, 2018) and "The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church" (Oxford University Press, 2019). She has a PhD in American religious history from Columbia University.


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  • Thanks for the info and the links.

    I do like “FAIRMORMON’S FRONT PAGE” from FAIR, Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research.

    Normally, I just go to Google News, search Mormon and sort by date. But I do miss items that way. But I did not miss the new scholarly essay on the Book of Abraham, today.

  • It’s worth noting that FairMormon’s service is not just positive articles about the LDS Church. Since negative as well as positive press is of concern to apologetics, it basically covers everything.

    I’ve had comprehensive Google Alerts set up for years now, and I’ve noted that FFP always manages to catch just about everything in the news on Mormonism. It doesn’t really censor or select from the news items available.

  • To put it bluntly, the Salt Lake Tribune is an excellent source of exmormon news, rather than mormon news. The quality is also often lacking, and has visibly deteriorated over the past 2-3 years, Ms Stack included.

    The Sltrib’s website traffic (and thus advertising revenue) is largely driven by very-active posters who have some sort of beef with mormons and/or utah in general; any article on Sltrib that mentions “Mormon” will gets tons of clicks regardless of whether it has any substance. For this reason, the editors seem to have decided to bring the M-word into any story they can in an effort to boost traffic. You’ll have better luck with a curated report like #2 or #4.

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