Author Archives: RMIG editorial staff

Summer 2020 newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS: Summer 2020 Welcome to the 2020 pre-convention RMIG newsletter. To read articles, simply click the headline for the individual posts. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Michelle Baker, Penn State University Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications Joe Grimm, Michigan State University School of Journalism Newsletter editors  Contents Letter from the Head: Farewell and thank […]

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Letter from the Head: Farewell and thank you

By Gregory Perreault In 2011, I came to the Religion and Media business meeting as a graduate student to accept my Top Student Paper award. As our interest group began discussing the need for officers, I found myself as the newsletter editor for the division. Over the past nine years, I have touched and been […]

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AEJMC president-elect on virtual convention as a time for DEI and RMIG

Heading toward this year’s online #AEJMC2020, President-Elect Tim P. Vos reflects on imperatives for these times, including opportunities for RMIG. Vos is professor and director of the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. Vos designed and taught units on religion and media at the University of Missouri, he has presented his own work, been […]

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Dan Stout, renaissance man

By David W. Scott I want to talk about Dan Stout, my friend and colleague. When we celebrate his accomplishments at AEJMC this year, I’ll add more thoughts on his outstanding contributions to the study of media and religion. They are many. I met Dan Stout when I began my MA degree in 1993. When […]

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A most loyal steward of religion and media research: Judith Buddenbaum

By Debra L. Mason Dan Stout perhaps said it best: Judith Buddenbaum is the sine qua non — the essential element — in the field of religion and media. Dan wrote that description when he was honoring Judie in an article for the Journal of Media and Religion’s 10th Anniversary volume, back in 2012. Dan, […]

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If you have to teach on Zoom, make it matter

By Michael A. Longinow OK, March was a train wreck. Let’s agree on that. Even if we started out in January with an inkling, we were mostly unprepared for the order to vacate our classrooms, labs and offices — and keep our teaching up via Zoom. All those little face boxes on our screens with […]

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Pintak named dean of Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University, Nairobi

On July 1, I assume the role of dean of the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University in Nairobi. The goal is to help the young program broaden its footprint across East Africa and beyond, building on the foundation laid by my predecessor, former Newsweek editor Michael Meyer. While this is […]

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RMIG members support each others’ projects

A big thank you from Joe Grimm to Joel Campbell, associate professor of journalism in the School of Communications at Brigham Young University and Michael Longinow of Biola University. Campbell wrote the foreword for “100 Questions and Answers About Latter-day Saints,” an upcoming guide in the Michigan State University School of Journalism’s Bias Busters series. […]

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2019-2020 Annual Report

Religion and Media Interest Group Annual Report, 2019-2020 Standing Committee of the Religion and Media Interest Group Head: Gregory P. Perreault Appalachian State University perreaultgp@appstate.edu Vice head: Bellarmine Ezumah Murray State University bezumah@murraystate.edu Teaching co-chairs: Rick Moore Boise State University rmoore@boisestate.edu Rebecca Frazer Ohio State University frazer.39@buckeyemail.osu.edu Research chair: Taisik Hwang University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee […]

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Spring 2020 newsletter

Read how how project-based learning helps students overcome their cultural fears and qualms in our second story. RELIGION MATTERS: Spring 2020 Welcome to the spring 2020 newsletter. To read the articles, simply click the headline for the individual posts. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Michelle Baker, Penn State University Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications Joe […]

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Racing The Washington Post on a $100 billion story

By Michelle Baker A whistleblower in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints reached out to a friend because he wanted media attention on a 74-page complaint his twin brother had filed with the IRS on Nov. 21, 2019. The focus of the complaint: the church had secretly put members’ money into a set […]

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Project-related teaching to take students beyond cultural fear

By Michael Longinow, Biola University and Rebecca Frazer, The Ohio State University Hate comes from many places in our world. And the students in our classrooms see it—sometimes right around them: gun violence aimed at faith groups, racist graffiti, and the social media of those who seem so full of rage and vendetta. It scares […]

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RMIG member establishes student-run international news site

An RMIG member recently established a student-run international news site, considered one of a kind in Europe. RMIG member Michael Ray Smith helped LCC International University students create a student-run web site, iuconline.com. It’s produced by students who typically speak English as a second language at a faith-based university that uses a North American-style of […]

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Jesus in the Food Court goes online

RMIG member Doug Mendenhall went live Feb. 8 with dougmendenhall.com to house a weekly religion column that he’s written for almost two decades. Mendenhall, an associate JMC professor with the title of Journalist in Residence at Abilene Christian University, began writing the column in 2000 for The Huntsville Times, an Alabama daily newspaper for which […]

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Article examines frames and stereotypes in burkini coverage

“Personal Choice or Political Provocation: Examining the Visual Framing and Stereotyping of the Burkini Debate” was published in the winter 2019 Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. The burkini, a modest swimsuit marketed to Muslim women, was at the center of controversy in France when it was banned from the beaches in dozens of cities. This […]

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Religions–our largest social networks–meet the coronavirus

The International Association of Religion Journalists is finding plenty of stories in the outbreak of COVID-19 because, as it says, “religious groups represent the world’s largest social networks.” That factor ties many religions to the health crisis. In Italy, Elisa Di Benedetto reported: “Religious services, as well as church groups and any other activities and […]

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November 2019 newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS: Fall 2019 Welcome to the fall 2019 newsletter. To read the articles, simply click the headline for the individual posts. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Michelle Baker, Penn State University Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications Joe Grimm, Michigan State University School of Journalism Newsletter editors  Contents Note from RMIG Head Gregory Perreault The […]

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Note from the Head: Why are we here?

By Gregory Perreault Welcome to the 2019-2020 AEJMC calendar year! After being a member of RMIG since I entered graduate school and in leadership since my first year of a Ph.D. program, I have the duty and honor this year of serving as the head of our interest group. In this first newsletter offering, I […]

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The National Holocaust Museum in Amsterdam and the question of ethical displays

By Michelle Baker What are the ethics of displaying images of brutality in the context of war and genocide? What moral issues are raised by using visual materials to publicly expose others’ victimization? These are questions journalists, photographers and scholars often grapple with, but they are questions that can also create uncertainty and conflict in […]

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Download RMIG members’ report on anti-Muslim mid-term election tweets

Dr. Lawrence Pintak of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication was lead author on a major Social Science Research Council report on anti-Muslim sentiment on Twitter against Muslim candidates in the 2018 mid-term election, “#Islamophobia: Stoking Fear and Prejudice in the 2018 Midterms.” The report launched with a New York Times OpEd […]

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RMIG members publish 2-volume set about religion online

Past RMIG heads Dan Stout, Amanda Sturgill and Chiung Hwang Chen along with Augie Grant published “Religion Online: How Digital Technology is Changing the Way We Worship and Pray” this year. It’s a two-volume set with contributions from several RMIG members that covers everything from United Methodists to Jains to Little Monsters, with experts from […]

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RMIG invites research papers on religion and media

The Religion and Media Interest Group invites submission of research papers on topics that incorporate themes related to religion and media. RMIG’s goal is to enhance theoretical development in the study of the interface between media and religion through the production of rigorous, high-quality research that fosters understanding. The interest group promotes the study of […]

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Holmes researching book on spiritual stories

Cecile S. Holmes, former RMIG head, will be on sabbatical in spring 2020. During that period, she will be researching her third book, which may also turn into AEJMC paper. It is titled, “The Power of Telling One’s Spiritual Story and Spiritual Autobiography.” Holmes is doing a set of 12 primary, 2- to 3-hour interviews, […]

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Wanted: Allies/critics on beginning religion series

By Joe Grimm Put your knowledge and scholarship behind a print and digital religion guide. Since 2014, Michigan State University’s School of Journalism has been publishing guides to greater cultural competence. Our latest, out this spring, answers 100 questions about Chaldeans. Not widely dispersed or known in the United States, Chaldeans are Catholic Iraqis who […]

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Junior scholar call for May 6-10 workshop in Boulder

The research project “Religion and Public Scholarship in the Media Age,” announces a call for applications from Junior Scholars (early-career faculty, post-docs, or dissertation-level doctoral students) to participate in a four-day collaboration and mentoring workshop. It is called “Public Scholarship of Religion in an Age of Hypermediation” Participants will take part in a series of […]

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2019-2020 officers

Religion and Media Interest Group members attending the AEJMC conference in Toronto chose officers for the 2019-2020 academic year. Officers lead program planning, research competition, teaching programming, PF&F programming, newsletter, website and all other RMIG efforts. Our new officers are: Head: Greg Perreault, Appalachian State University Vice head: Bellarmine (Bella) Ezumah, Murray State University Research […]

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Summer 2019 newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS: Summer 2019 Welcome to the summer 2019 Newsletter. To read the articles, simply click the headline for the individual posts. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Paul Glader, The King’s College in New York City Joe Grimm, Michigan State University School of Journalism Newsletter editors  Contents Note from RMIG head Mariam Alkazemi Where to meet […]

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From the RMIG head for July 2019

Reflecting on RMIG, looking ahead to Toronto! By Mariam Alkazemi As we approach the annual convention in August, I wanted to take some time out for reflection. Having worked as part of the team that is the Religion and Media Interest Group (RMIG) for five years, it has been a privilege and honor to be […]

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Where to meet RMIG at AEJMC

Wednesday 8:15 to 9:45 a.m. / W000                                     Place TBA Religion and Media Interest Group and Electronic News Division Research Panel Session Political Messages in Religious Broadcasting Moderating/presiding: Michael Longinow, Biola Panelists Paul Glader, The King’s College Paul Marshall, The Hudson Institute Ceri Hughes, Wisconsin-Madison Dylan McLemore, Central Arkansas Some religious broadcasters have received access and […]

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Thou art in a deal: Trump and references to God

By Ceri Hughes In the previous newsletter, I outlined the finding from my research which indicated that Donald Trump is apparently the most pious man to sit in the Oval Office during the last century or so. To be more precise, the research found that he uses religious terms and explicit references to God in […]

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A good time to reflect on pedagogy: Book reviews

By Rick Clifton Moore Boise State University And Rebecca D. Frazer The Ohio State University Though many faculty and grad students think of summer as a time to take a break from the grind, or to try to make progress on that research paper that was put on the back burner in February, summer is also […]

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Michigan State religion guides win MC&S Service Learning Award

AEJMC’s Mass Communication and Society group has announced its Service Learning Award will go to help Michigan State University students reach out to religious and spiritual groups for which they will publish 100-question Bias Busters guides. The cultural competence series now has 17 guides in print and digital formats, and the MC&S award will help Michigan State […]

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Lilly announces $4.9 million religion journalism initiative

The Lilly Endowment announced one of the largest religion journalism grants in decades, the long-anticipated Global Religion Journalism Initiative. The $4.9 million package will go to the Religion News Foundation for an 18-month startup phase. The collaborative will involve the Associated Press, Religion News Service and The Conversation US. Lilly reported “The initiative will establish […]

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Pew analysis of church and state in western Europe suggests further research

Public support for the separation of church and state is widespread in western Europe, even where government-mandated church taxes fund religious institutions, according to a May report from the Pew Research Center. The report said most adults in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland, which have mandatory church taxes for members of major religious […]

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Spring 2019 newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS: Spring 2019 Welcome to the spring 2019 Newsletter. To read the articles, simply click the headline for the individual posts. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Paul Glader, The King’s College in New York City Joe Grimm, Michigan State University School of Journalism Newsletter editors  Contents Note from RMIG head Mariam Alkazemi Bias Busters needed: […]

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From the RMIG head for March 2019

RMIG officers and I have been excitedly preparing for the upcoming conference in Toronto. Every day, we are drawing nearer to the April 1 deadline for the 2019 convention of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication. We have partnered up with other divisions and interest groups in hopes of arranging for the […]

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Bias Busters needed: Be a critic/ally on a religion guide

By Joe Grimm Here is an opportunity to put your scholarship to work on a print and digital religion guide. Since 2014, Michigan State University’s School of Journalism has been publishing guides to greater cultural competence. Our latest, out this spring, answers 100 questions about Chaldeans. Not widely dispersed or known in the United States, […]

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A course I wish I could have taken

By Khadija Ejaz A few days ago, I received a set of two books from Praeger under the umbrella title “Religion Online: How Digital Technology is Changing the Way We Worship and Pray.” Across their 624 pages, the books lay out a comprehensive picture of the intersection of religion and digital media. The first volume, […]

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Islamophobia in swimwear and politics

RMIG research chair Brian J. Bowe recently published an article examining the visual framing of a swimsuit targeted toward Muslim women in news coverage in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. The article, titled “Personal Choice or Political Provocation: Examining the Visual Framing and Stereotyping of the Burkini Debate,” was written with Joe Gosen (Western Washington […]

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New digital magazine platform to showcase religion reporting

By Paul Glader With fewer newspapers employing religion reporters and publishing religion reporting, how do journalists interested in religion land bylines and publish their work? ReligionUnplugged.com is a new, non-profit journalism platform designed to help develop a new ecosystem for religion reporting in the U.S. and the world. The site publishes at least one story […]

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The God card: Strategic employment of religious language in U.S. presidential discourse

By Ceri Hughes Though the Constitution explicitly forbids any religious qualification for holding public office, the religiosity of the holder of the highest public office—the presidency—has been an issue of salience to voters. Every occupant to date of the Oval Office is or was a Christian—something they are essentially required to promote in their public […]

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2019 Religion and Media Interest Group paper call

The Religion and Media Interest Group (RMIG) invites submission of research papers on topics that incorporate themes related to religion and media. RMIG’s goal is to enhance theoretical development in the study of the interface between media and religion through the production of rigorous, high-quality research that fosters understanding. The interest group promotes the study […]

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Women & Religion call for papers

Women & Language, an international, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal publishes original scholarly articles and creative work covering all aspects of communication, language, and gender. Contributions to Women & Language may be empirical, rhetorical-critical, interpretive, theoretical, or artistic. All appropriate research methodologies are welcome. Affiliated with the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, the […]

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From the RMIG head for December 2018

As head of the religion and media interest group, I would like to take a moment to express the current state of religious news content in the media. In the current political climate, there have been horrific stories of the massacres in places of worship such as the shooting in the Pittsburgh synagogue. There has […]

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Call for panelists

The panels for AEJMC 2019 are now set and are described below. If you want to be involved as a panelist, please email Dr. Gregory Perreault and Dr. Mariam Alkazemi by Jan. 15, 2019. Please note that requests cannot be guaranteed because the selections will be negotiated with our co-sponsors. We are committed to ensuring the […]

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2019 call for papers deadline is April 1

The Religion and Media Interest Group invites submission of research papers on topics that incorporate themes related to religion and media. RMIG’s goal is to enhance theoretical development in the study of the interface between media and religion through the production of rigorous, high-quality research that fosters understanding. The interest group promotes the study of […]

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Winter 2018 newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS: Winter 2018 Welcome to the winter 2018 Newsletter. To read the articles, simply click the headline for the individual posts. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Paul Glader, The King’s College in New York City Joe Grimm, Michigan State University School of Journalism Newsletter editors  Contents Note from RMIG head Mariam Alkazemi Exploring contemporary intersections […]

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RMIG Officers for 2018-19

Attendees at the 2018 Religion and Media Interest Group elected officers for the 2018-2019 academic year. Officers lead the program planning, research competition, teaching programming, PF&F programming, newsletter, website and all other RMIG efforts. Our new officers are: Head: Mariam Alkazemi, Virginia Commonwealth University Vice head: Greg Perreault, Appalachian State University Teaching co-chairs: Rick Moore, Boise […]

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Call For Papers: European Islamophobia Report 2018

The annual European Islamophobia Report, presented since 2015, is seeking writers. The EIR documents and analyzes trends in the spread of Islamophobia in various European nation states. Every year on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21), the EIR is published online and in print and disseminated among leading stakeholders, politicians, […]

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Fall 2018 Newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS: FALL 2018 Welcome to the fall 2018 Newsletter. To read the articles, simply click the headline for the individual posts. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Paul Glader, The King’s College in New York City Joe Grimm, Michigan State University School of Journalism Newsletter editors  Contents Note from RMIG head Mariam Alkazemi Photo Story: Pre-Conference […]

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An Opportunity for Your Students in NYC

By Paul Glader Are your students ready for a journalism experience in New York City with a religion and media studies component? Wall Street Journal veteran Paul Glader and former New York Daily News editor Clemente Lisi co-direct a program called the NYC Semester in Journalism (NYCJ) at The King’s College in lower Manhattan. Current […]

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Photo story: Pre-Conference Sacred Spaces Tour in Washington, D.C.

Religion is part of the political mix in Washington, D.C., and members got a taste of that in the 2018 edition of RMIG’s pre-conference tradition of touring sacred spaces. Organizer Rick Moore, professor of media arts in the Department of Communication at Boise State University, mixed national political offices with some landmarks and a lunch […]

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Religions and media a never-ending field of study

Rick Clifton Moore, Boise State University One of the invigorating aspects of studying religion and media is that there is an endless supply of subject matter. Each day new “case studies” (so to speak) avail themselves. Indeed, a rewarding element that occurs in reviewing papers for RMIG–and, of course, attending presentations at the conference–is hearing […]

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Reflections on a student trip to Haiti

By Michael Longinow, Biola University To teach visual journalism in Haiti is as much about lenses, tripods and audio levels as it is about the spiritual. My colleagues and I landed in Port-Au-Prince on a Sunday morning at about 9 a.m. The shuttle taking us from the airport to our compound sped by sidewalks packed […]

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