The Perception of the Church in the Press

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Episode 41: The Perception of the Church in the Press
J.B. Haws
October 2021

Latter-day Saints are often interested in the public perception of their faith. We’ve long been written about, defended, condemned, praised, or vilified in national press outlets.  Professor J.B. Haws has researched extensively how the public perception of the Church has shifted over time, and the reasons why. In this episode he explores the perception of the Church in the American public press, specifically since the 1950’s, and the events that have shaped those perceptions, and still do today. 


“On the Pages of the Post: Latter-day Saints and Washington's Newspaper of Record,” in Latter-day Saints in Washington, DC: History, People, and Places (RSC, 2021)

The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception (Oxford University Press, 2013)

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