Opportunities: Conferences, Fellowships and Job Openings

The Religion Newswriters Association annual conference is always fun to attend if you’re tracking religion trends in the media. This year’s RNA convention will be August 27-30 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in downtown Philly. The major theme of the conference will be prepping for Pope Francis’ first U.S. visit so most of the sessions on the first and third days of the conference will be taken up with that. There’s a host of Catholic speakers, including Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. There will also be sessions on what Muslims are thinking, religion and violence and churches in the city. The RNA.org web site has all the details and academics are welcome to attend.

Buzzfeed is offering a four-month fellowship for emerging writers to focus on cultural issues, which includes religion.  October 1, 2015 is the deadline to apply for the fellowship, which will take place in New York City and come with a stipend of $12,000.  All those interested in gaining experience focusing on religion, outside of traditional media should consider applying.  For more information, please click here.

Eastern University, a university of the liberal arts and sciences located in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, invites applications for a Visiting Professor in Media Studies, Department of Communication Studies, College of Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (ABD considered) in Communication Studies with a specialization in media studies, a commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring students, and scholarship. A balance of experience in the media industry (especially digital media production/social media) and commitment to theory-based research is a plus. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  To be considered, applicants must upload their application materials at http://jobs.eastern.edu/position_page?pid=58. Please provide a cover letter to include a brief statement of their faith, curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of graduate transcripts, and three professional letters of recommendation.





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