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 reporter and editor for newspapers in Salt Lake City. He teaches media writing, journalism principles, media and religion, media ethics and research courses. His new-found research interest is media and religion, but has also been active in First Amendment and Freedom of Information research and advocacy. He has presented or published papers on media coverage of the Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, Artemus Ward’s 19th Century “Among the Mormons” show, media coverage of Mormons’ posthumous baptism of Jews, “The Mormon” newspaper in New York City from 1850-1857, and Marie Ogden’s New Age “Home of Truth” colony in southeast Utah.

RMIG Vice Head —  Rick Moore

Rick Clifton Moore is a professor in the Department of Communication at Boise State University. He holds a B.A. from Pepperdine University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oregon. He teaches a variety of classes in the area of mass media writing, production, and criticism, especially classes focusing on legal/ethical dimensions of media and media’s role in democratic culture. At the university level, he teaches a class for freshmen on the role of religious thought in the development of western culture. His research mostly relates to mass media portrayal of religion, especially ideological and hegemonic aspects of those portrayals.

RMIG Professional Freedom & Responsibility  — Greg Perreault

Dr. Gregory P. Perreault serves an assistant professor of multimedia journalism at Appalachian State University. He has a Ph.D. in Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism, an M.A. in Communication, Culture, Technology from Georgetown University and a B.A. in News and Information from Palm Beach Atlantic University.

Research – Debra Mason

Debra Mason is among the leading scholars and trainers of how religion is portrayed in the media. She brings more than 30 years of professional and scholarly experience to her position as director of the Center on Religion and the Professions, an interdisciplinary center at the world-renown Missouri School of Journalism working to improve the religious literacy of professionals so they can better serve a multi-faith public. Since 1997, she’s also directed Religion Newswriters Association, a professional association of journalists writing about religion in the mass media. She is publisher emeritus of Religion News Service (RNS), the world’s only non-sectarian wire service exclusively covering religion.

Teaching  — Michael Longinow, Brian Bowe

Dr. Michael Longinow, originally from Chicago, is  one of the founders of the Department of Journalism & Integrated Media at Biola University in La Mirada, California. After award-winning newspaper reporting in Illinois and Georgia, he began teaching journalism in 1989 at Asbury University in Kentucky, where he developed specialties in cross-cultural media, interactivity of religion and media, and the connections between journalism’s past and its future.  He has been a campus newspaper adviser from his first days in academia. He earned a B.A. at Wheaton College (IL) in political science and a M.S. in news-editorial journalism from the University of Illinois. His Ph.D from the University of Kentucky involved dissertation research on the interplay of Christian media, higher education and cultural change between 1888-1942. Since entering academia, Longinow has been a newspaper columnist and writer for national and regional magazines, academic journals, and scholarly anthologies. He and his wife live in Yorba Linda.

Brian J. Bowe (Ph.D., Michigan State University) is an Assistant Professor in Western Washington University’s Department of Journalism. He researches the connections between media and culture in multiple contexts. His work focuses on framing, agenda setting, and media coverage of Islam. He has taught at Michigan State University, the Sorbonne University, and Grand Valley State University. His research has been published in journals such as Media, Culture and Society, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Public Understanding of Science and International Communication Gazette. With a background in music journalism, he has written several books, including biographies of bands The Ramones, The Clash, and Judas Priest. He co-edited the anthology CREEM: America’s Only Rock ’n’ Roll Magazine (Harper/Collins).

Newsletter – Andrew Pritchard, Mariam Alkazemi

Andrew D. Pritchard is an assistant professor in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University, where his principal teaching area is media law, regulation, and policy. He is a lawyer and former journalist, with research interests in media law, media history, and how individuals in modern societies use media to shape their own religious experiences. He received his B.A. in political science and his J.D. from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. in communication from North Dakota State University. His research has appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Communication and Religion, Historical Methods, and Visual Communication Quarterly.

Mariam Alkazemi is an assistant professor of mass communication at the Gulf University for Science and Technology in Kuwait, where she teaches courses in public speaking, public relations and advertising. In the summer of 2016, Dr. Alkazemi served as a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Middle East Centre. She completed her Ph.D. in Mass Communication at University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication, where she focused on media effects research.  She is interested in media effects as applied to religion, and is also interested in examining routine factors impacting the media industry.  Her research appears in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journal of Media and Religion, Journal of Religion, Media & Digital Culture, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism and Health Environments Research & Design Journal.

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