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8:15 to 9:45 a.m. / W000                                    

Place TBA

Religion and Media Interest Group and Electronic News Division

Research Panel Session

Political Messages in Religious Broadcasting

Moderating/presiding: Michael Longinow, Biola


Paul Glader, The King’s College
Paul Marshall, The Hudson Institute
Ceri Hughes, Wisconsin-Madison
Dylan McLemore, Central Arkansas

Some religious broadcasters have received access and relevance in the Trump presidency, leading typically apolitical religious broadcasters to enter the fray. This panel will consider the political messaging done by religious broadcasters.

1:30 to 3 p.m. / W000

Religion and Media Interest Group and International Communication Division

Teaching Panel Session

Religious Education and Its Connection with the Wider Media Environment

Moderating/presiding: Jatin Srivastava, Ohio


Zakaria Tanko Musah, Ghana Institute of Journalism
Bellarmine Ezumah, Murray State
Charles Ebelebe, SIST, Nigeria
Chijioke Azuawusiefe, Pennsylvania State
Mohammed Al Azdee, Bridgeport

This panel aims to validate the need for a formal/semi-formal international education and training for religious leaders, media producers and practitioners by identifying the scope and need for religious education and evaluating current practices.


11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. / T000

Place TBA

Religion and Media Interest Group and Cultural and Critical Studies Division

Research Panel Session

The Handmaid’s Tale: Identity, Representation & Power

Moderating/presiding: Peter Gloviczki, Coker


David Scott, Utah State
Boyd Petersen, Utah State
Erika Engstrom, Nevada-Las Vegas
Michael Longinow, Biola
Katie Foss, Middle Tennessee State
Rebecca Frazier, Ohio State

This panel presents a variety of perspectives on the religio-cultural entertainment drama “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Research presenters discuss their findings in regards to issues of religio-cultural domination, sexuality, gender, race and religion.

1:30 to 3 p.m. / T000                                          

Place TBA

Religion and Media Interest Group and Mass Communication and Society Division

PF&R Panel Session

Media Coverage of Hate Speech: Challenges, Responsibilities and Opportunities

Moderating/presiding: Wat Hopkins, Virginia Tech


Jeffrey Smith, Wisconsin-Madison
Shaheen Pasha, Massachusetts-Amherst
Clay Calvert, Florida
William Oglesby, Virginia Commonwealth
Jennifer Greer, Alabama
Keran Billaud, Florida

The inalienable right of Freedom of Speech is often misconstrued, especially when it relates to hate speech. This panel seeks to incorporate theoretical, contextual and ethical approaches to exploring hate speech.

3:15 to 4:45 p.m. / T000  

Religion and Media Interest Group and Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk Divisions

Teaching Panel Session

Interaction and Conflict of Science and Religion

Moderating/presiding: Jeanine Guidry, Virginia Commonwealth


Paul Glader, The King’s College
Matthew Van Dyke, Alabama
Michelle Frazer, Princeton

The debate between science and religion has a long history, and at times it impacts communication about health. The purpose of this teaching panel is to prepare students to report issues that spark conflict between science and religion.

6:45 to 8:15 p.m. / T000
Place TBA

Religion and Media Interest Group

Business Session
Members’ Meeting

Moderating/presiding: TBA


11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. / F000
Place TBA

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper (Poster) Session

Religion and Media Interest Group

Faith in the White House: Public Perceptions of U.S. Presidents’ Communicative Performance of Spiritual Leadership+
Kirsten Adams, North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Religiosity as a Concept in Communication Research*
Taisik Hwang, Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Semantic and Visual Primes of Stereotypes of Muslim Women: Evaluative and Behavioral Consequences
Alex Tan, Anastasia Vishnevskaya and Heena Khan, Washington State

Social Media, Religious Authority, and the Arab Gulf Crisis
Ibrahim Abusharif, Northwestern University in Qatar

The Impact of Religion in Situational Crisis Communication Theory: An Examination of Religious Rhetoric and Religiosity**
Jordan Morehouse and Lucinda Austin, North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Washington, D.C.,-based Religious and Secular Media Coverage of the District’s Death with Dignity Act***
Sean Baker, Central Michigan University and Kimberly Lauffer, Ball State

* First-Place Paper, Religion & Media Interest Group open competition
** Second-Place Paper, Religion & Media Interest Group open competition
*** Third-Place Paper, Religion & Media Interest Group open competition
+ First-Place Paper, Religion & Media Interest Group student competition


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