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

  1. Co-sponsored panels at the AEJMC conference in Washington, D.C. — Aug. 8-11, 2013
  2. New publication: “Evangelical Christians and Popular Culture: Pop Goes the Gospel”
  3. Journalism and faith conference in Jakarta, Indonesia — November 5-7, 2013
  4. Religion and Media Conference at Elon University — April 12-13, 2013
  5. Meet our new Research Co-Chair, Myna German
  6. A note about the Media Diversity Forum

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A note from the Chair

By David Scott, Utah Valley University 

As the new Chair of the Religion and Media Interest Group of AEJMC, I would like to offer a hearty welcome to all newcomers and a note to all our members about the value and contributions we can all offer to AEJMC and the academic world as members of this interest group.

The last few years have been especially good for scholars interested in the interplay of religion and media given the run-up to an election year in the United States when religion became a significant component of the discourse about the candidates and U.S. politics. Furthermore, world events across the Middle East and the rise of laws in the European Union that discriminated against Islam in the name of “protecting women’s rights” in recent years gives rise to a need for even more outreach and study of religion, culture, and media in the modern world.

Last summer, we had a particularly good AEJMC meeting in which we were engaged in scholarship that was broad in the scope of religious traditions. Not only that, but we were also had research and panels co-sponsored with other units of AEJMC to extend our influence and knowledge across disciplinary boundaries.

This upcoming year offers another opportunity to grow as a unit and reach out to others in joint academic adventures. I would like to encourage ALL members to reach out to our colleagues in other units and encourage those with similar interests or research agendas to consider joining RMIG if they have not already done so. Finally, I would like to ask all of our members to seriously consider sending their research for the 2013 conference. As our mission statement says, we are: dedicated to the exploration of the intersection of media and religion in our world. We encourage scholarly analysis (both quantitative and qualitative) of this intersection in three areas: (1) religion portrayed in secular media; (2) the manner in which religious institutions and organizations use the media to propagate their message; and (3) the impact of religion and/or religiosity of media consumers and its impact on their media use. I would like to encourage members not only to consider scholarship that addresses a broad range of religious traditions, but also to help us move into the twenty-first century by considering non-traditional media venues as well as social media and the Internet in considering proposals and research for 2013.

David W. Scott, Ph.D.

Chair, RMIG

scottdw@uvu

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RMIG Paper call

This is the 2013 RMIG Call for Papers

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Summer 2012 Newsletter

Summer 2012 RMIG Newsletter

The academic year flew by so quickly we didn’t get a newsletter out to you! So here’s a packed newsletter with details of RMIG programming at the AEJMC Conference, a call for papers, and many more details of interest. We hope to see many of you soon in Chicago for AEJMC’s Annual Conference. There’s much, much more after the jump.

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2011-2012 Annual Report

Click here to download RMIG’s 2011-2012 Annual Report.

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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 auction, when divisions and interest groups collaborate to create the Annual Conference schedule. RMIG thanks Holmes and Scott for their service to RMIG. They can be reached via their contact information on the officers’ page.

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2011 Summer Newsletter

Varied opportunities abound at AEJMC summer convention

By Anthony Hatcher, Elon
RMIG Chair

Here’s hoping you have your plans set for AEJMC in St. Louis. Here are a few random notes concerning the upcoming conference. Two highlights inside the hotel:

  • Linda Steiner of Maryland will be installed as 2011-12 AEJMC president. Kyu Ho Youm of Oregon will become president-elect.
  • This year’s keynote speech will be delivered by the Chief Innovation Officer of Chicago-based Publicis Groupe Media. Rishad Tobaccowala started the interactive marketing agency within Publicis in 1993, making him a pioneer of Internet advertising.

Keep reading past the jump for more on this summer’s AEJMC convention and even more from this summer’s newsletter.

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2011 Religion and Media Interest Group – Renewal Petition

Below is a link to the Religion and Media Interest Group Renewal Petition submitted by Anthony Hatcher, the 2010-2011 RMIG Chair.

Religion and Media Interest Group – Renewal Petition

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2011 Winter Newsletter

Meet me in St. Louis

By Anthony Hatcher, Elon
RIMG Chair

It’s about as cliché a headline as you can write, but in this case it’s also an invitation to get ready to do just that. AEJMC will hold its annual conference in the city from Aug. 10–13, and headquarters will be at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel.

The rates are $170 for single or double occupancy, and $200 for triple or quad rooms. Internet access is included with the room.

As you know, the research paper deadline is April 1, so it’s not too early to book those flights, reserve those rooms, and start thinking about what to do in the city when you’re not attending every single session RMIG has to offer. View our paper call and paper calls from all of the various divisions and groups.

Some food and attraction suggestions: If you like jazz and blues with your dinner, try BB’s Jazz, Blues, and Soups. If ragtime is more to your taste, try the Scott Joplin House State Historic SiteCaleco’s Bar & Grill has 17 TV screens and two saltwater aquariums, as well as steaks, chicken, seafood, pizza, and many, many drinks.

Under the category of Must-Do stuff, you have to start with the Gateway Arch. When you descend from the Arch, you can relax by touring one of the country’s largest breweries.

Read more from this winter’s RMIG newsletter after the jump.

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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.: Members’ Meeting

Friday

  • 12:15-1:30 p.m.: Scholar-to-Scholar Session
  • 3:30-5 p.m.: Panel with Mass Communication & Society
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Elon’s Anthony Hatcher elected chair

Anthony Hatcher, Elon

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.

Cecile S. Holmes, South Carolina

RMIG thanks Paola Banchero from the University of Alaska-Anchorage for her service as chair this year. Paola was responsible for submitting the application to AEJMC requesting that RMIG be renewed as an Interest Group. That request was approved.

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2010 Summer Newsletter

Toronto, Turkey and Beyond?

Conference Considers Forming International Society of Media, Religion and Culture

John P. Ferré, University of Louisville
RMIG member

The Seventh International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture, meeting from August 9 to 13 at Ryerson University in Toronto ended with agreement to vote on the formation of an International Society of Media, Religion, and Culture (ISMRC) by June 2012, when the group will convene again in northwest Turkey on the campus of Anadolu University. ISMRC will be the first worldwide association dedicated to the academic study of media, religion and culture.

In many ways, the conference in Toronto was typical of the six international conferences on media, religion, and culture that preceded it. The conferees came from several continents — North America and Europe especially, but also Australia, Asia, Africa, and South America. The host country has always been well represented, so Canadians had a strong presence at this year’s meeting.

The conferees also came from several disciplines. Besides media studies and religious studies, participants in Toronto came from sociology, theology, English, history, and political science. Most of their papers were qualitative, but some quantitative research was presented as well.

Keep reading past the jump for more on the International Conference on Media, Religion, and Culture.

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2010 Winter Newsletter

Rocky Mountain High: AEJMC Annual Convention set for Denver

By Paola Banchero, University of Alaska Anchorage
Religion and Media Interest Group head

From my vantage point overlooking snow-frosted birch trees, summer sounds a long way off. But it’s not too soon to start thinking about the AEJMC annual convention in Denver Aug. 4-7.

The Mile High City is a great place to be in August. Actually, it’s a great place to be anytime. I’m biased. I grew up in Denver and take every chance I can to visit family who live there. So let me tell you a little about the city. First off, Denver is the capital of a state that just crossed the five million mark in terms of population. Like a lot of Western cities, it’s seen a lot of growth. It started as a camp for miners who had struck gold at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, and used to have a reputation as a cow town with little nightlife. Boy, that’s changed. Now it’s nearly a continuous urban area, ranging from north of the city to Fort Collins and south of the city to Pueblo. And the city boasts one of the best music scenes with venues like the Bluebird Theater at 3317 E. Colfax Ave. A retro neon sign adorns the establishment, and it’s located on a street that embraces yuppies, recent immigrants and the occasional drug user.

The conference hotel is the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel at 1550 Court Place. Good restaurants and public transit are nearby. If you’re interested in staying at a boutique hotel, you might try the Hotel Monaco. It’s stylish and features one of the best restaurants in the city, Panzano. The restaurant was named a “Top 5” by the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News and given four stars by 5280 Magazine, one of Denver’s city magazines. The luxurious Hotel Teatro is also close by. The historic Brown Palace is the place to have afternoon tea, as the elites visiting Denver have done for decades.

For more of Paola’s take on Denver and the conference, keep reading after the jump.

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2009 Fall Newsletter

November 13, 2009

Table of Contents

Mid-Winter conference set for Oklahoma
Member subscription to journal put on hold
Teaching Tips: The Graduate Student Web Site Mini-Project
Topical research key to RMIG identity

Keep reading past the jump for more from this fall’s newsletter and from Baylor’s Amanda Sturgill.

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2009 Winter Newsletter

January 30, 2009

Table of Contents
From the Chair: Salutations and Updates
How Much do we reveal?
Mid-Winter meeting
Students in China

Keep reading past the jump for more from this winter’s newsletter and from RMIG Chair Jim Trammell.

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2009 Spring Newsletter

FROM THE CHAIR

Religion and Politics: A Combustible Mix

Before being picked to deliver the invocation at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration, Rick Warren had a relatively positive public persona.  He was best known for founding Orange County, California’s Saddleback Church, and for the success of his book, The Purpose-Drive Life. He was also lauded for promoting broad social justice issues that do not tend to align with the priorities of his evangelical peers.  Even though evangelicals like Warren tend to support Republican candidates, Warren broke from their ranks by hosting the Democratic candidate at Saddleback for a Q-and-A. Noting his broad appeal, Time called Warren “America’s Preacher.”

For more from RMIG Chair Jim Trammell, keep reading past the jump.

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2008 Winter Newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS

Winter 2008
Welcome to the newsletter of the Religion and Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication!

Articles

  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. Presidents and Poker: Reflections from the RMIG Head
  3. Religion and Media Research Reflections
  4. Online: The Next Frontier of Religion News Coverage
  5. Virtues of a Student/Teacher Contract
  6. Resources

For these articles and more from editor Jim Trammell, keep reading past the jump.

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2007 Fall Newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS

Fall 2007
Welcome to the newsletter of the Religion and Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication!

Articles

  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. The Chair’s Corner
  3. Want your students to get religion? Show it. Don’t Just Tell It.
  4. New RMIG Officers Elected
  5. Submissions sought for Mid-Winter Meeting
  6. Resources

For these articles and more from editor Crystal Y. Lumpkins, keep reading past the jump.

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2007 Summer Newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS

Summer 2007

Welcome to the newsletter of the Religion and Media Interest Group, part of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication!

  1. Co-editor’s Introduction
  2. An RMIG Progress Report
  3. On Fallwell
  4. Teaching Religious Literacy to Journalism Students
  5. AEJMC Convention Information

For these articles and more from co-editor Jim Trammell, keep reading past the jump.

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2006 Summer Newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS

Summer 2006
Welcome to the newsletter of the Religion and Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication!

Articles

  1. Editor’s Column
  2. The Chair’s Corner
  3. Panels Present Special Topics of Interest
  4. RMIG Acknowledgements and Applause
  5. Connecting with the Religion News Reader
  6. RMIG Needs Your Help
  7. Reviewers wanted

For these articles and more from editor Crystal Y. Lumpkins, keep reading past the jump.

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2006 Winter Newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS

Winter 2006
Welcome to the newsletter of the Religion and Media Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication!

Articles

  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. The Chair’s Corner
  3. Research Topics Involving Hurricane Katrina
  4. News Content and the Religion Debate
  5. Hurricane Katrina and the Media: What went wrong?
  6. Acknowledgement and Applause
  7. Opportunities
  8. Dates to Remember

For these articles and more from editor Crystal Y. Lumpkins, keep reading past the jump.

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2005 Spring Newsletter

Articles

  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. Covering Multiculturalism/Covering Religion
  3. A Note from the Research Chair
  4. AEJMC Convention-RMIG Call for Paper
  5. AEJMC Convention-RMIG Schedule
  6. Asbury Student Wins $500 Student Religion Writing Contest
  7. Media, Religion and Culture Dissertation Fellowships

For these articles and more from editor Jim Trammell, keep reading past the jump.

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2004 Summer Newsletter

Articles

  1. Chair’s comments
  2. 2004 RMIG program for Annual Conference
  3. Communication and Faith Conference Planned
  4. RMIG Call for Papers
  5. SMIG invites GIFT submissions
  6. RMIG member news
  7. Resources in Religion and Media
  8. Reviewers needed

Perspectives

For these articles and essays, keep reading past the jump.

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2004 Winter Newsletter

Articles

  1. Editor’s Introduction
  2. Getting it Right? Religion, Media and Politics
  3. Call for papers: AEJMC Convention, Aug. 10-13, 2005
  4. Call for contributors: Encyclopedia of Religion, Communication, and Media
  5. Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Media, Religion, and Culture at the University of Colorado’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication

For these articles and more from editor Jim Trammell, keep reading past the jump.

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2003 Fall Newsletter

Articles

  1. Creating Our Own (Not so Urban) Legend
  2. Great Minds Do Think Alike: Panel Ideas Mirror Trends
  3. Call for papers
  4. Call for reviewers
  5. RMIG Listserv revived
  6. Christian Media Come of Age
  7. RMIG Member News and Views
  8. Staffing of Specialists at Newsmagazines Falls to New Low

For these articles, keep reading past the jump.

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2003 Summer Newsletter

RELIGION MATTERS

Summer 2003

Welcome to this special teaching edition of Religion Matters!

  1. From the Head…a good year for RMIG, and it’s only getting better
  2. Call from in-coming head for new leadership
  3. Kansas City RMIG Research Paper Schedule
  4. Emphasis on Teaching: A Call for syllabi, teaching ideas
  5. Emphasis on Teaching: Making Religion and Media courses fun but not fluff is trick to success
  6. Emphasis on Teaching: First Amendment is natural for religion and media courses
  7. Diane Winston named Knight Chair in Media and Religion at USC Annenberg
  8. Call for papers
  9. Bibliography

For these articles and more from RMIG Chair Debra Mason, keep reading past the jump.

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2003 Spring Newsletter

Contents

  1. New online newsletter signals changes afoot at RMIG
  2. RMIG Kansas City program forges new partnerships
  3. AEJMC committee reports review RMIG activities
  4. Researchers should turn focus to religion and media discourse
  5. Secular Politics on the Israeli World Wide Web
  6. Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero

For these articles and more from RMIG Chair Debra Mason, keep reading past the jump.

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2000-2002 Newsletters (PDFs)

Help the Religion and Media Interest Group complete its collection of archived newsletters. If you have a newsletter not listed here, please scan it and e-mail it to Debra Mason. E-mail Debra if you prefer to mail or fax the newsletter.

These documents are downloadable in PDF form.

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