Category Archives: News

Annual Reports 2016-2017

In the previous academic year, RMIG was renewed within AEJMC and an annual report has been produced in order to document its activities. Please click on the links to review these documents.  

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Spring 2017 newsletter

The AEJMC conference deadline is fast approaching! The past few months have showcased anew the importance of understanding religion and media as forces in modern society, so submit your latest work for discussion with your colleagues in Chicago. In this issue of the RMIG newsletter: A look back at Debra Mason‘s two decades with Religion […]

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Reviewing Debra Mason’s 20 years of service to RNS

 Debra Mason By Tiffany McCallen Religion News Service Used by permission I was a barely 18 when I first met Debra Mason in a cramped study room in the library at Otterbein College in quaint Westerville, Ohio. Having never stepped foot on the campus I’d chosen to pursue my degree in journalism, she was my […]

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Latest research from the Journal of Media & Religion

In God We Trust, with God We Fight. Religion in U.S. Presidential War Rhetoric: From Johnson to Obama Miriam Diez-Bosch & Pere Franch In times of war, religion features prominently in U.S. presidential rhetoric. It may be used to strengthen courage and hope or to serve as a powerful tool for accepting sacrifices and losses. […]

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Chicago Attractions

Chicago offers a host of attractions for people with different interests. The RMIG interest group will be taking a tour of sacred spaces in Chicago.  Please click here for more information. This New York Times “36 Hours in Chicago” article recommends various music venues for the blues in addition to various restaurants and bars. This […]

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Notes from the RMIG Head

  By: Joel J. Campbell As we look toward 2017, the best way to celebrate the work of the Religion and Media Interest Group is to honor our members’ accomplishments. Here’s a sampling of some of their accomplishments. If you know of other RMIG member news, please forward me a note and I’ll get it […]

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RMIG Members’ Publication

RMIG members Brian J. Bowe (Western Washington University) and Jennifer Hoewe (The University of Alabama) recently published a study titled “Night and Day: An Illustration of Framing and Moral Foundations in the Oklahoma Shariah Amendment Campaign” in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. When Oklahoma’s “Save our State” amendment was passed, Oklahoma voters decided that the […]

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Lessons from Brexit and Trump

By Dr. Gregory Perreault (PF&R Chair) Appalachian State University Contemporary events have left many in dumbfounded. In the United Kingdom, many media professionals assumed that naturally the British people would want to stay in the EU. The vote for Brexit showcased just how wrong that assumption was. In the United States, media professionals again assumed […]

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Teaching Religion and Media

By: Dr. Michael A. Longinow Department of Journalism and Integrated Media Biola University   Teaching thrives on predictability: clear syllabi, thorough rubrics, links to good parallel documents. But even in a good semester, you know to watch for danger signs — like fear and worry in students’ eyes. An anxious classroom slows everything down. And […]

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John Durham Peters award acceptance

RMIG honored John Durham Peters with an award at the 2016 AEJMC conference. His remarks after accepting the award can be heard here. Special thanks to Anthony Hatcher for capturing the audio.

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Reading Religion: a new book review resource

The American Academy of Religion has created Reading Religion, a collection of reviews and discussion of recently published books on a variety of subjects in the scholarship of religion. Reviews are sorted by date or topic, and books available for review also are listed.

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Opportunities

American Academy of Religion conferences. Four regional conferences of the American Academy of Religion invite paper submissions with upcoming deadlines. Western region (deadline Sept. 30). Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be sent to the appropriate unit chair, listed at http://www.aarwr.com/call-for-papers.html. The conference theme is “Religion, Race, and Racism.” It will be held […]

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2016-2017 Officer Bios

The Religion and Media Interest Group (RMIG) proudly presents the 2016-2017 officer list.   RMIG Head — Joel Campbell Dr. Joel Campbell is an associate professor in journalism in Brigham Young University Department of Communications. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University. Previously, he worked for nearly 20 years as a […]

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The Minneapolis Sacred Space Tour

  MINNEAPOLIS — The Twin Cities are home to unique collection of houses of worship, but shifting demographics and influx of immigrants are reshaping the religious landscape of the metro area. A pre-conference tour hosted by the Religion and Media Interest Group offered a glimpse of these changes as well as a look back at […]

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AEJMC 2016 Research Panels

The annual conference for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota between August 4-7, 2016.  The Religion and Media Interest Group is hosting two research panels.  The first research panel is entitled, “Christians and culture: Making and interpreting the news”.  The second is entitled, “Framing faith, morals […]

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Sacred Space Visits: A Pre-conference Tour

On Wednesday, August 3rd, the Religion and Media Interest Group (RMIG) has organized a pre-conference tour to visit sacred spaces in the Twin Cities. The inclusion of at least three sacred spaces has been confirmed.  These sites include: Hindu Temple of Minnesota, which is the largest Hindu Temple in the state of Minnesota.  For more […]

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Opportunities

Conferences. Registration for the Summer Session  Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies (1, 2 & 3 August) is now open. The meeting will be held at The Old Library in the Oxford University Church of St Mary. Constructed in 1320, The Old Library is the first university (as opposed to college) building in Oxford and therefore uniquely […]

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Reflections on an Honors Seminar in Media & Religion

By: Andrew D. Pritchard, Ph.D., Esq. Assistant Professor of Media Law and Ethics Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication Iowa State University of Science and Technology I enjoy few things more than bragging about rock-star students, so I am especially happy to pass along some lessons learned this past semester as I facilitated an honors seminar […]

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Faith and American Voters

By: Dr. Michael A. Longinow Department of Journalism and Integrated Media School of Arts & Sciences Biola University   For Christians, the video clip is hard to watch. Donald Trump is standing behind a podium at Liberty University, squinting out at the 13,000 packing the gym, attempting to quote a biblical passage. It’s in the […]

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The Interdisciplinary Study of Religion

  By Myna German Professor Mass Communications Department Delaware State University Anthropologists view religion as a response to life’s hazards (Davies, p. 10, in Eerdmans, 1982). Evolutionary psychologists would view it as an adaptive response, with believers selected for genetically because the religious impulse creates hope, fostering survival. Those with hope adapt better to stressful situations […]

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Do we push journalism students too hard?

By Dr. Gregory Perreault Appalachian State University I know, I know. The answer is “no,” right? The problem is that “we don’t push them hard enough.” As a journalism professor, the question of “how hard is too hard,” is a question I’ve faced teaching introductory journalism classes at both the Missouri School of Journalism and […]

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Call for Newsletter Co-Editor

The Religion and Media Interest Group (RMIG) distributes a quarterly newsletter and manages a Facebook page.  Those interested in sharing some of the duties required of this position should send us a private message through Facebook to discuss the possibilities of doing so for the 2017-8 academic year.  The tasks would include developing a list […]

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Take 5 Minutes to Help RMIG

By Rick Moore, RMIG Membership Coordinator & Professor of Communciation at Boise State University With the recent stock market plunge, most of us witnessed something in journalism we have seen over and over again and have come to predict every time the Dow takes a dive. Typically, there are numerous news stories about how bad […]

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The Increasing Importance of Religious Education for Journalists

By Stephen D. Perry, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Regent University At my former university, the student wellness offices emphasized seven areas of health. I probably cannot rattle off all seven. Certainly there were the main areas of physical, social, psychological, and nutrition. But one of the other seven listed was “spiritual.” Yes, my state sponsored university’s […]

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Spotlight: Required Viewing for Religion Journalism Teachers, Scholars

By Debra Mason, Director of the Center of Religion and the Professions, University of Missouri’s School of Journalism As a religion reporter and director of a professional association of religion journalists, I knew much of what to expect from Spotlight, the critically acclaimed film that details efforts by The Boston Globe’s investigative unit to cover […]

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Ideas on Transforming Religion News into the Small Journalism Program

By:Julia Duin, RMIG Member and Snedden Fellow Journalism Department at the University of Alaska The Religion and Media and Small Programs interest groups combined forces on the last day of the recent AEJMC conference  to present “Putting Religion into the Nut Graph: Ideas on Transforming Religion News into the Small Journalism Program. The panel was proposed by […]

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Journal of Media and Religion

The latest issue of the Journal of Media and Religion centers on a topic long ignored in scholarly journals: The teaching of religion and news. The Journal of Media and Religion’s Vol. 14, No. 3 issue, published by Taylor and Francis, includes an analysis of religion and media syllabus plus a study of religious literacy among […]

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An Undergraduate’s Reflection on the AEJMC Annual Conference

By: Amr A. Elafifi, Undergraduate Research Ambassador, University of Kansas In my first semester, I enrolled in an independent study because I needed an extra class. Every semester since, I’ve been able to work on a research project with a fellow student or a faculty member. Research is a daunting process full of obscurities and […]

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Opportunities: Jobs

According to the website of the U.S. News and World Report, Seton Hall University has a Roman Catholic religious affiliation. The new College of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University is has publicized several open positions: Founding Dean, College of Communication and the Arts Associate Professor of Graduate Communication Assistant Professor of Journalism […]

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Our new Facebook page!

We have begun post articles on the Religion and Media Interest Group’s Facebook page that our membership may find interesting.  These posts vary in nature for several reasons.  First, we hope that the media coverage of religion and religious groups can be used as examples for those teaching Religion and Media.  Second, we hope that […]

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AEJMC 2015- Membership Meeting

The slides summarizing the Religion and Media Ineterest Group membership meeting at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications’ annual convention in August 2015 can be found here.

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Lessons from John Dewey: Media and Religion is a Vibrant Research Field, but is it a Pragmatic One?

From the Interest Group Head Lessons from John Dewey: Media and Religion is a Vibrant Research Field, but is it a Pragmatic One? By: Daniel A. Stout, BYU-Hawaii Commencing a new year in the Religion and Media Interest Group, I’m mindful of our progress in the last two decades. As the new head of the […]

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Like Our Facebook Page!

Did you know about the Religion and Media Interest Group Facebook page? Starting this fall, our Facebook presence is growing.  In addition to publicizing our activities, we are including numerous examples of media coverage of religion.  Please like our page and read our newsletter! We also have some great resources on our newsletter that can […]

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Opportunities: Jobs and Research

Trinity University San Antonio, Texas Advertising Tenure Track Assistant Professor Fall 2016 Department of Communication Communication: Trinity University. Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Communication, Fall 2016. Ph.D. required by August start date. Teach six undergraduate classes per year (9 contact hours per semester) with primary teaching responsibilities in the theory, critical study, and practice of […]

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RMIG Officers for 2015-2016

Attendees at the 2015 Religion and Media Interest Group voted for the officer positions for the next year. The officers will lead the program planning, research competition, teaching programming, PF&F programming, newsletter, website and all other RMIG efforts. The new officers are: Chair: Dan Stout, Brigham Young University-Hawaii Vice Chair: Joel Campbell, Brigham Young University […]

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From the Publisher of The Arizona Muslim Voice

By Wafa Unus In public discourse, there is often a misunderstanding in the historicity of religion and a displacement of religiosity in areas more suitably analyzed through political contexts. The political history of a people is often mistaken for their religious history. While the two are by no means completely separable, the unintelligible mashing together […]

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Make Them Choose and Make them Think

By:  Rick Clifton Moore (Boise State University) Having watched Lionel Messi and Thomas Müller in this summer’s World Cup soccer matches, I walked onto the pitch for my fall rec league thinking that my game would be greatly improved. But, alas, it really hadn’t. My dribbling was not visibly better. I hadn’t become a better […]

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Faculty Openings, Fellowship Announcements and Seminar Announcements

The King’s College The King’s College, New York City, is accepting applications for a full-time faculty position in journalism at the rank of Assistant Professor for fall 2015. This growing college seeks an excellent teacher and entrepreneurial individual with a strong Christian faith as well as the ability and desire to interact with both popular […]

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The iPhone and Religious Belief by Dr. Jim Trammell

By Dr. Jim Trammell, High Point University *Recipient of the RMIG 2014 Top Faculty Paper Award Thank God for the iPhone. I use it to call my mother. I use it to update my Facebook status. I use it to take a picture of my cup of coffee, and then upload the picture to my […]

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Tuesday Pre-Conference Workshops (AEJMC 2014)

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Session 1 of 3) “Writing It Right for Academic and Scholarly Audiences” This session will consist of an interactive panel session that will address key topics in academic writing and publishing. Unlike most of the many previous (and ever popular) sessions AEJMC has held on this topic, this panel will […]

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Letter from the Chair and RMIG’s 2014 Panels

Our term will come to an end in August. We want to thank all RMIG members and friends for your support and help. We have learned a lot this year through our service. We have put out 4 excellent newsletters (thanks particularly to Greg for his time and effort) and come up with an exciting […]

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Religion and Media Interest Group 2014 Montréal Conference Sessions

Tuesday, August 5 1-5 pm How to Get Published Co-sponsor with Media Management and Economics, Media Ethics The pre-conference will explore issues related to successfully publishing journal articles and books including how to: formulate a strong and interesting research project, write and edit a manuscript, select a journal or book publisher to submit a manuscript […]

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RMIG member pens new book

BUIES CREEK — Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas has released “The ABC List of Feature Ideas,” a new book for budding journalists by Michael Ray Smith, a communication studies professor at Campbell University. Smith wrote the book to help new writers generate story ideas and think strategically in planning and executing features articles for the […]

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Report from the Chair, Winter 2013-2104

This year we had a new procedure for joint panel proposals. It turned out fine, although the process was somewhat nerve wracking. We received a few proposals and three of them were picked up by other divisions/interest groups. We also agreed to help with a pre-conference workshop on publication. We will, in other words, co-sponsor […]

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Encouraging the continued exploration of religion and media

By Jennifer Hoewe, Penn State University Religion and Media Interest Group’s Top Student Paper Award Recipient, 2013 Undoubtedly, religion continues to be a persistent topic in and influence on media content. Despite its pervasiveness in media, religion has not received the type of widespread attention in media scholarship seemingly deserving of such a value-laden subject. […]

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2013 Winter Newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS: Winter 2013 Here’s your winter 2013 newsletter from RMIG! Read about new publications, find out about upcoming events and meet some of our officers. TABLE OF CONTENTS Co-sponsored panels at the AEJMC conference in Washington, D.C. — Aug. 8-11, 2013 New publication: “Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture: Pop Goes the Gospel” Journalism and faith […]

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Long-time religion specialist elected chair

Cecile S. Holmes, who had a distinguished career as a religion editor for the Houston Chronicle and who is now on the University of South Carolina faculty, was elected RMIG chair for the 2011-2012 year. David Scott, at Utah Valley University, was elected vice-chair. Together, Holmes and Scott will represent RMIG at the December chip […]

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2011 RMIG programming

Here is a sketch of Religion and Media Interest Group programming during the the AEJMC 2011 Convention in St. Louis. More details to come. Wednesday 1:30-3 p.m.: Panel with ESIG 3:15-4:45 p.m.: Panel with GLBT 5-6:30 p.m.: Panel with Council of Affiliates Thursday 8:15-9:45 a.m.: Panel with History 5-6:30 p.m.: Refereed Paper Session 6:45-8:15 p.m.: […]

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Elon’s Anthony Hatcher elected chair

Members attending the RMIG business meeting in Denver last month elected Anthony Hatcher of Elon University the new chair of the Religion and Media Interest Group. Cecile S. Holmes of University of South Carolina was elected vice chair. See this site for a complete list of new officers. RMIG thanks Paola Banchero from the University […]

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