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Numbers, experts and sources

Religion reporting is more complicated than ever because of the vast amount of information available to reporters through experts, websites, polls, books, advocacy groups, public relations agencies, research reports and more. Most of this information is instantly accessible online, but not all of it is reliable. What’s more, faith groups have gotten more sophisticated about pushing their interests, so reporters often end up with conflicting information.

Our website ReligionLink posts a wide variety of resources, including extensive lists of links to religious media. Also check out, an independent supplement to The Associated Press Stylebook. What follows are tips for dealing with statistics, experts, websites and books.