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 in the next newsletter.


New publication

Congrats to Brian J. Bowe (Western Washington) and Jennifer Hoewe (Alabama) for their publication in Winter 2016 Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly. Night and Day: An Illustration of Framing and Moral Foundation in the Oklahoma Shariah Amendment Campaign.


Blogging about media and Mormons

Past RMIG Dan Stout (BYU-Hawaii) has started a fascinating venture with a “digizine” entitled The digizine’s subtitle says it’s a “thoughtful review of contemporary movies, books, TV, music and more. In a recent entry, Dan takes his unique vantage point from Hawaii where Pacific Islanders weigh in about the cultural accuracy in the new Disney movie “Moana.” One source cited the movie’s omission of a heroic goddess and the reduction of the mighty god Maui to “a one-dimensional selfish borderline abusive buffon.” Read more at


Mormon Media Studies Conference in Hawaii

Speaking of Dan, he and former RMIG head Chiung Hwang Chen hosted the third Mormon Media Studies Symposium in November. This one was held at BYU-Hawaii in Laie. John Durham Peters, the A. Craig Baird Professor of the Department of Communications Studies at the University of Iowa, was the keynote speaker. Paper presentation topics ranged from making of the “Mormon Moment” to “media representations of gender, sexuality and race and the future of the Mormon faith.” To see the program, click here:


Very busy in Mass.

Shaheen Pasha (University of Massachusetts Amherst) has been very busy. Here’s some of her recent accomplishments:

— AEJMC Annual Conference (August 2016): Invited to present “Pakistan’s Silent War Against Journalists” at pre-conference workshop panel entitled The Shrinking Public Sphere: Growing Restrictions on Press Freedom in South Asia and South-East Asia

— SPJ Excellence in Journalism Conference (September 2016): Invited as speaker/trainer for “Covering Islam” workshop breakout session. Link to podcast:–

–Poynter/Kent State Media Ethics Workshop (September 2016): Invited to speak on panel entitled “Media and Safe Spaces on College Campuses. Link to panel:

— New England Public Radio (November 2016): Invited to voice personal commentary on U.S. presidential elections and children Link:

— ARTICLE: By boycotting Iran over hijab, the U.S. chess player wastes a valuable opportunity


— ARTICLE: Trump won, and now my teenage daughter wishes she were white



An expert among us

Current RMIG officer Debra Mason (Missouri) was invited by the Newseum’s Religious Freedom Center to teach a Media and Religion course in Fall 2016 as part of the new program to educate religious leaders, scholars and journalists about Religious Freedom and Human Rights. The Center is accepting applications through Dec. 15.


New issue of Journal of Media and Religion

The latest issue of the Journal of Media and Religion is out. Here’s the articles:

Third-Person Effect, Religiosity and Support for Censorship of Satirical Religious Cartoons

 Larry Webster, Jo-Yun Li, Yicheng Zhu, Alex Luchsinger, Anan Wan and Mark Tatge (South Carolina),

Consumers’ Insights About Spirituality in Advertising

Galit Marmor-Lavie and Patricia A. Stout (University of Texas-Austin)

Coverage of Christianity in South Korea, 1996–2005

Taisik Hwang (Georgia)

“I Pray We Won’t Let This Moment Pass Us By”: Christian Concert Films and Numinous Experiences

 Jim Y. Trammell (High Point)

Here’s a link to the issue:





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