Mormon Media Observer: Relief Society visiting teaching makes the news

When Gov. Mitt Romney last ran for president, I studied, as part of one of those boring doctoral dissertations, the way in which his faith — my faith — was covered by the national press from 2006-2008.

I studied more than 200 articles in depth, categorizing each across more than 20 dimensions. I evaluated the favorability of each article and the portrayal of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — all pretty standard stuff in the social science research method called content analysis.

In addition, I read scores of other new articles about the faith as I studied.

So, I observed in detail how Latter-day Saints were covered.

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