Sessions on Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Research Poster Session

Wednesday, August 8, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

An Analysis of the Rise and Fall of “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven”

  • Jim Y. Trammell, High Point

Effective Intercultural Workgroup Communication Theory: The Impact on Church Dynamics

  • Stephen Kabah, Regent

Terrorism News Coverage and Attitude Towards Islam: Does Following Terrorism News Cultivate Opinions about Muslims

  • Michelle Michael, Ohio

A Longitudinal Analysis of the Linguistic Tone of American Churches Online

  • Doug Mendenhall and Lani Ford, Abilene Christian

“In the World, Not of It: Exploring Evangelical Christian Women’s Negotiation of Meaning Within a Shared Community

  • Jennifer Huemmer, Ithaca


Invited Research Panel: Forecasting Avenues for Religion and Media Research

Wednesday, August 8, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Guy Golan, University of South Florida
  • Sahar Khamis, University of Maryland
  • Kimberly Meltzer, Loyola University
    Title: Student newspaper bylaws and structures at religiously affiliated universities.

    College student media organizations may be structured in a variety of ways, including as independent off-campus groups, on-campus organizations hosted or sponsored by the university, and even as groups that are formally folded in to an academic course. There are advantages and disadvantages to all of these models. Similarly, wide variety exists in the bylaws or policies that student media groups and their university administrations develop and maintain. Some student media groups have no bylaws while others may have detailed, rigorous, and legal language, and their ability to be enforced or upheld may also be determined by whether the particular university is public, private, and/or religiously affiliated. The institutional structures and policies and procedures for student media organizations that reside at religiously affiliated universities carry with them additional considerations. This paper discusses the different approaches and their benefits and drawbacks, focusing particularly on the challenges and opportunities for student media at religious colleges and universities. The first-hand experience of the presenter, who is also a college media adviser, will also be shared.


Don’t Ask me That: Using Compassion in Covering Religion Amid Conflict

  • Cosponsored with: Electronic News Divisions
  • Moderator: Mike Longinow, Biola University
  • Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, 3:30- 5 p.m.  
  • Panelists:
    • Kim Lawton from PBS religion and ethics;
    • Kellie Stanfield from Salisbury University;
    • Chad Curtis from University of Kansas;
    • Andrea Scott from Military Times;
    • Peter Morello from University of Missouri, Kansas City

Journalists covering stories in war zones or in cities where conflict has been rampant based religion or faith too often use questions that are reductive, that promote misunderstanding of religion or faith principles. This panel will examine how journalists are learning to ask better questions, choose sources better, and even refrain from some questions or approaches to preserve dignity, get at the story from a unique angle, or build relationships of trust with sources that are skeptical or cynical about journalists’ pursuit of truth in religious contexts.


Business Meeting: 7-8:30 p.m.

Please come and meet the RMIG officers. Any members with fresh ideas or with an interest in becoming an officer is especially welcome!

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