AND MEDIA INTEREST GROUP NEWS
MATTERS Summer 2004
The Newsletter of the Religion and Media Interest Group
of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
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
We Are Not Alone
An Essay: The Call for Spirituality, Mass Media
and National Development
Rick Moore, Boise State University
RMIG 2003-04 Head
hope you are all excited about the fact that AEJMC is going international
this year for its convention site. Though Toronto might not be
Istanbul, the idea of crossing an international boundary for
our meeting seems important nonetheless.
fact, I'd like to see our international trek as an opportunity
to encourage us as RMIG members to think beyond the local. I
want to propose two ways of doing that.
me start by explaining the alternative, my vision of the purely
"local" academic. Many of us typically complete a research project
each year and submit it to Eric and Ken, our Research Committee
Chairs. Certainly this activity is crucial to the life of RMIG
and I want to encourage all of you to follow through with your
normal activities and submit on deadline. I look forward to some
fascinating paper presentations in August.
would suggest that if you wish to cross borders, however, you
might want to consider serving the interest group as an invited
panelist (the first of my "two ways" mentioned above). Each year
we co-sponsor a number of panels with other divisions and interest
groups. On each of these panels, our co-sponsors provide some
panelists and we provide the rest. Our Vice Head, Michael Longinow,
has the ultimate duty of selecting the RMIG representatives.
What I would like to recommend is that you look at the subject
matter of the panels we are co-sponsoring this year and ask whether
you have some expertise to provide therein. If you do, please
contact Michael as soon as possible so he can consider you for
one of these positions.
also want to suggest a second way of crossing borders that requires
even less commitment on your part but could be of great benefit
in increasing the size and diversity of RMIG. As you are doing
your teaching and/or research in religion and media between now
and August, please pay attention to the names of authors who
you find to be raising interesting new questions in the field.
When you encounter such a person in your reading, please take
a moment find out if he/she is a member of RMIG.
that person is not part of the interest group, offer a warm invitation
to join. And as you're doing so, make special reference to the
fact that this year's convention is in a beautiful and diverse
city just across the border.
topics aim at broad spectrum in Toronto; panelists needed
by March 1 deadline
Michael A. Longinow, Asbury College
reputation precedes you. And if you're a long-term member of
this interest group, that reputation was part of what helped
us get the great slate of panels for Toronto that you see below
into the schedule. (Now we need your help in coming up with panelists,
but we'll come back to that.)
some of you know non-success of landing panels draws heavily
on our interest group's ability to convince others to collaborate
on co-sponsorship. And that persuasion comes from knowing about
who we are.
the end, the work you all have been doing out there in your writing
and presenting is probably what helped us get the panels we did.
Religion and media are a growing mix of media interest and the
membership of AEJMC is learning where to go to tap into the excitement.
is the schedule for RMIG's portion of the 2004 Annual Conference.
All panels must fulfill the three larger missions of AEJMC, namely
teaching, research, or professional freedom and responsibility
August 4, 2004
1:30-3:30 p.m. Visualizing the "Other": Cultural Sensitivity
in Photojournalism Design
(PF&R panel co-sponsored with VisCom). We need two panelists.
6:45-8 p.m. AEJMC Keynote Address
Thursday, Aug. 5, 2004
10 a.m. AEJMC Plenary
11:45 a.m. Covering Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions
(PF&R panel co-sponsored with the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual
and Transgender Interest Group for which we provide two panelists)
3:15 p.m. Is There A Right (Wing Conspiracy) to Die? Reporting
on Assisted Suicide
(Co-sponsored with Media & Disability Interest Group. We
provide two panelists for this session)
5 p.m. RMIG Juried Research Panels
8:30 p.m. RMIG members' meeting.
Friday, Aug. 6, 2004
8:15 a.m. Religious Ethics in Public Policy News Coverage:
"No, No" or 21st Century Necessity
(PF&R panel was co-sponsored with the Media Ethics Division.
We need two panelists and a respondent for this panel)
1:30 p.m. The Politics of Fear: A Cross- Cultural Analysis of
Media Coverage of the Iraq War
Mini-plenary session was co-sponsored with International Communication
Division and Newspaper Division. We need to supply one panelist.
3:15 p.m. RMIG juried research panel
If any of the above spark names or leads for high-profile, well-read
panelists in academia or in the media professions, please pass
them along to me or Rick Moore. And the sooner the better! (We
need to finalize these panels by March 1.)
your panel idea does not appear in the above list, please know
that your panel idea was good enough to make the discussion.
There were many ideas submitted.
RMIG officers encourage you to turn that panel idea into a research
paper that gets turned in by the end of March. Keep up the good
work and make plans to join us in Toronto!
A. Longinow, Ph.D
Professor of Journalism
Journalism Program Coordinator
Department of Communication Arts
1 Macklem Drive
Wilmore, Kentucky 40390-1198
859-858-3511 ext. 2348
and Communication Focus of Spring Conference
Conference on Communication and Faith will be May 15 at Campbell
University in Buies Creek, N.C. The cost is $45.
meeting is a conference for communication scholars with a Christian
15 was the date for abstracts, but attendance to the meeting
is still open. Presented papers will be published after the meeting.
For more information, contact Prof. Ed Johnson, Dept of Mass
Communication, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC 27506. Phone:
Call for Papers
see the general call at AEJMC's website, http://www.aejmc.org/calls/04papercall.html,
for the general Call for Papers. Papers should be sent to Ken
Loomis and Eric Gormly, Unversity of North Texas.
Dept of Journalism,
University of North Texas,
Denton, Texas 76203-1460
Community College Journalism Association (CCJA), Small Programs
Interest Group (SPIG) and the Scholastic Journalism Division
of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
(AEJMC) are seeking Great Ideas For Teachers (GIFT) for a mega-poster
session at the AEJMC convention on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004, 3:15
to 4:45 p.m., in Toronto, Canada, to showcase 25 of the year's
most innovative teaching tips from the world's best journalism
and mass communication educators time for the new academic year!
which is celebrating its 5th year, was founded to recognize excellence
in the scholarship of teaching journalism and mass communication.
AEJMC members are eligible to submit one (1) GIFT for blind peer
review; graduate teaching assistants are also encouraged to participate
in this opportunity to share their innovative teaching tips.
GIFT finalists/scholars will be selected for inclusion in the
poster session, a GIFT publication, the AEJMC program listing
and GIFT scholar Web page index (http://www.geocities.com/aejmcgift/index.html).
finalists/scholars are eligible to win a $100 grand prize and
commemorative plaque to be awarded at the convention. All receive
a souvenir certificate for their teaching portfolios as well.
tips wanted include but are not limited to the following courses:
advertising, broadcast journalism, general or introductory mass
communications, ethics, history, international/multicultural
communication, law, public relations, research, technology and
new media, visual communication and writing.
interested in sharing their GIFT must describe their teaching
idea in proper form (available from http://www.geocities.com/aejmcgift)
and submit it via email (preferred) and/or regular mail (recommended
back-up copy) to the GIFT coordinator (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for
current mailing address).
entries must be received (not postmarked) by April 1, 2004 and
will be reviewed by a panel of six judges based on originality,
creativity, practicality, adaptability and impact. Submissions
will be acknowledged but not returned. NOTE: GIFT finalists only
will be notified of their status after May 15.
more information about the GIFT program, contact Dr. Edna R.
Bautista, the GIFT Program coordinator, at email@example.com,
or go to the new GIFT Web site at http://www.geocities.com/aejmcgift/index.html.
news and views
Lynn Schofield Clark: Doctoral Fellowships in Media,
Religion, and Culture will be available for the 2004-2005,
2005-2006, and 2006-2007 academic years in the amount of
$12,000/year. Students are eligible in their proposal-writing
year, and there are no residency requirements. These grants
are funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and are administered
through the University of Colorado's School of Journalism
and Mass Communication. The deadline is April 5. More information
is available at www.mediareligion.org.
Lynn Schofield Clark: Lynn Schofield Clark, Assistat
Research Professor at the University of Colorado, has received
the Best Scholarly Book award from the National Communication
Association's Ethnography Division for From Angels to
Aliens: Teenagers, the Media, and the Supernatural (Oxford
University Press, 2003). The book explores how young people
understand popular culture's stories of the supernatural
in relation to their religious or spiritual identity. The
book has been reviewed in the Washington Post Book World,
Publisher's Weekly, Christianity Today, Christian Century,
Choice Magazine, and the Library Journal. Lynn
has also been interviewed about the book on PBS's Religion
and Ethics Newsweekly and by Newsweek and several
dailies including the Dallas Morning News and the Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette. She has also been an invited guest on several
talk radio programs in the U.S. and around the world.
Lynn Schofield Clark: Media, Home, and Family,
by Stewart M. Hoover, Lynn Schofield Clark, and Diane Alters,
with Joseph Champ and Lee Hood, has just been released
by Routledge Press (January, 2004). This book grows out
of an interview-based study that looked at how different
families in the U.S. establish and carry out rules about
media use in the home, and how those rules relate to projects
of family identity.
J. Douglas Tarpley on three Biola seminars he will
host during the next few months:
1. Journalism In Residence: George Archibald in March. He'll
be teaching about Christians and the National News Media - personal
and professional strategies for "telling the truth." Four-time
Pulitzer nominee and veteran Washington, D.C. journalist of 25
years, George broke many of the national investigative storeis
about which we've all read during the past two decades.
2. Seminar with the World Journalism Institute in July.
This West-coast venture follows establishment and operation of
similar ones in New York and Washington, D.C. (I helped to start
the DC program while at Regent.)
3. Career Philosophy Seminar for Christian men/women entering
the journalism profession. Weekend program with Leadership Institute
(Washington, D.C.) to be held in mid-March, 2004.
J. Douglas Tarpley, Ph.D.
Mass Media Department
La Mirada, CA
Home: 909 776 1605
Ca Cell: 909 231 7225
Stephen Perry: You might be interested in
a conference for communication scholars with a Christian
perspective. A conference on Communication and Faith is being
sponsored by Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. The
conference will be held on Saturday, May 15th, and will cost
$45 for registration. If you would be interested in being
a presenter at the conference, 200 - 400 word abstracts of
your proposed paper presentation should be submitted on MSWord
or ASCII format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
may also be submitted on floppy disk formatted for PCs and mailed
to Prof. Ed Johnson, Dept of Mass Communication, Campbell University,
Buies Creek, NC 27506. Abstracts are due on February 15th, 2004.
Accepted papers that are judged to be superior by the attendees
will be selected for publication in the conference proceedings
to be published by mid-summer.
hope this generates some interest at least among scholars in
the Southeast regional area. Some of us from the midwest are
planning to attend as well. For more information call Ed Johnson
at Campbell at 910-893-1520 or send him an email.
Claire Badaracco: I
teach a hybrid course, using videoconference and web on media
and Religion. I'm teaching it again in Fall 2004, and I'm
interested in talking and possibly collaborating on selected
modules with others. We have a state of the art facility
and five year's experience doing linkups with remote campuses.
If interested, contact me at:
Professor, College of Communication
in Religion and Media
topic of Religion and Media has become a hot commodity, with
new and wonderful resources emerging every day.
resources include The Revealer, a weblog that critiques coverage
of religion in the media in part by pointing out sophisticated
and complex stories. It's thoughtful and intriguing. You can
find it at www.therevealer.org.
service is a daily aggregator of religion news, found on the
website of the Religion Newswriters Association. The home page
at www.religionwriters.com includes
generally 15 to 20 of the best religion stories of the day, hand-picked
by a veteran journalist with many years of experience. It's free.
Newswriters also has an area set up to post syllabi for courses
in religion and media. It's new, but it is missing something
important: your syllabi. If you've taught a course in religion
and media sometime in the past five years, consider passing it
along. You can send it to Debra Mason at email@example.com.
forget that RNA's site also includes an "FAQ in Religion Reporting,"
written by some of the nation's leading religion reporters. Your
students can review it there, or contact RNA to send you hardcopies.
Journal of Media and Religion needs research paper submissions
and book reviewers. If you're interested in reviewing books
for the journal, please contact Debra Mason, Book Review Editor.
For research paper queries, contact Dan Stout at Brigham Young
Are Not Alone
Guy Golan, Assistant professor, LSU
those of us who conduct research on religion and mass communication,
it is comforting to know that every April 1st we can send in
a paper into the Religion and Media Interest Group of AEJMC.
During the past years, we have all seen a steady increase in
number of paper submissions to the interest group as well as
presentations. Membership in the interest group has been on the
incline and many new faces have chosen to take on leadership
positions. Clearly, research in our field has grown thanks in
part to the establishment of the RMIG and the more recent publication
of the Journal of Media and Religion. It is important to remember
that research on the complex relationship between the media and
religion is not limited to scholarship present in our interest
group. An informal analysis of AEJMC paper abstracts presented
between 1999 and 2003 revealed a wide array of research papers
that could have easily been presented at the RMIG but were instead
presented in other divisions.
are some examples of some relevant titles:
Religion: Christian Consumers' Understandings of Christian Products" and "A
Propaganda Analysis of the Shared Values Initiative: The First
US Advertising Campaign to the Muslim World" were presented
in the Advertising Division,
"Message Framing and Measuring Emotional Response to Islam
and Terrorism: A Comparison Between Christians, Jews and Muslims" and "FAITH-BASED
INITIATIVE? Religion, Mass Media, and Political Participation in
America" were presented in the Theory and Methodology Division, "Images
of Islam: Exemplification as Elegance in the Post-9/11 Works of
Thomas Friedman" and "Missionary Translation in Colonial
Kenya: Groundwork for Nationalism" were presented in the International
Division, "Popularizing Evangelicalism: Cultural Implications
of Contemporary Christian Music"
and "More Barney Than Buddhist": How the Media Framed
the Story of the Little Lama" were presented in the Critical
and Cultural Division.
are but a few examples of more than a dozen religion related
AEJMC papers that were presented outside of the RMIG during the
past few years.
fact that many scholars outside of our interest group are involved
in research on religion and media should serve as encouraging
news. First, it highlights the continuing trend in the growth
in scholarship on religion and media. Clearly, this area of research
is no longer a fringe topic but an up and coming research theme.
Second, the trend highlights the opportunities of the RMIG to
cooperate with many of its fellow AEJMC divisions and interest
groups in the cultivation and presentation of scholarship on
religion and media. In preparation for the 2004 convention, we
should all encourage our colleagues to submit papers to the RMIG
and at the same time pay attention to relevant research that
will end up in other divisions.
Essay: The Call for Spirituality, Mass Media and National Development
Edwin K. Thomas, Norfolk State University
the "Book of Genesis" of The Jerusalem Bible (1971) used by the
Judaic and Christian faiths, God "spoke" His creation into existence thus
the inherent power of speech and the word. After, God created
Adam and Eve. As "caretakers"
He determined their importance for love and service. God told them
not to eat of the tree of life. They disobeyed. Consequences for
humanity followed with instructions and obedience being essential
for our existence. (Genesis 1-3:24)
In 1998, a paper on A Bahai's Perspective entitled "Valuing Spirituality
in Development," was part of the "World Faiths and Development
Dialogue," which recognized the basic value of the oneness of humanity
to be at the heart of a new civilization. It supported:
* The intellectual development of the individual,
* The guarantees of freedoms,
* Fostering equality and partnerships of women and men,
* The nurturing of families,
* Protecting the environment,
* The widespread participation of all groups in a society, and
* A desire to serve.
national development indicators generally examine a country's
"human capital, social capital, culture, social integration and
community well-being," but Bahai proposes the following objectives
* Unity in diversity,
* Equity and justice,
* Equality of the sexes,
* Trustworthiness, moral leadership, and
* An independent investigation of the truth.
Interplay of Spirituality, Mass Media and National Development
It is generally agreed that events of this world are expressions
of the spiritual. As a result, spirituality, the mass media and
national development are intricately related. They impact each
other in subtle and not so subtle ways. Habermas (1989) in discussing
eighteenth century Europe questioned religion's role. (p. 53).
On the contrary, Underwood (2002) saw a noticeable connection in
the importance of the word, discussion, and debate that are present
in democratic institutions and societies.
trust is important in the presentation of news, information and
entertainment. Freedoms of speech, religion, and the press have
to be guaranteed in their myriad forms. The citizenry has to
be exposed to various media, be it books, newspapers, magazines,
films, radio, TV, cell phones, and the Internet, without restraints
from their governments, corporations, other interests or competing
press has a special role to play as "watchdogs." In a "market
place of ideas," they are to uphold fundamental principles of
fairness, accuracy, decency, and honesty. With such a perspective,
unity and diversity will be inclusive and essential. All, including
minority groups and women, will be contributors to nation building.
Citizens of all shades of complexions, creeds, and nationalities
will be reporters, designers, architects, engineers, etc. Their
mission will be of the highest moral, intellectual, spiritual,
and creative dimensions. As expressions of the truth, these efforts
will be blessed, manifest themselves in what are enduring, and
be entrenched in our social fabric.
Its Genesis in Europe
During the Middle Ages (A.D. 476 c.1450) priests and
monks in Europe devoted their lives to translating and preserving
in 1450 with the help of his partner Johann Fust, Johann Guttenberg
of Germany printed several books and in 1456 the Bible to the
delight many Europeans. In 1476, William Caxton did the same
with his small rudimentary press in England. Such innovations
had the effects of revolutionizing Europe.
and Edwin Emery (1996) explained that Elizabeth Eisenstein in The
Printing Press as an Agent of Change (1980):
.. assembled evidence supporting her thesis that spread of printing
in the late fifteen and sixteenth centuries ripped apart the social
and structural fabric of life in Western Europe and reconnected
it in new ways that give shape to modern patterns. The availability
of printed materials made possible societal, cultural, familial,
and industrial changes facilitating the Renaissance, the Reformation,
and the scientific revolution. (pp. 3-4)
hath God Wrought? Numbers 23:23 (KJB)
From the use of ponies, pigeons, trains and steamboats to deliver
news to printing presses in the American colonies came the telegraph.
May 24, 1844, its inventor, Samuel F.B. Morse sent the message
"What hath God Wrought?" via telegraphic code. His dots and dashes
laid the foundation of electronic voice transmissions. Morse's
prophetic saying came down through history as having far reaching
ramifications of America's and the world's mass communication systems
and mass media convergence in existence today.
In Europe, Guttenberg and Caxton were very important figures in
the development of printing. Morse invented the telegraph that
revolutionized newsgathering and the electronic media. In societies
around the world, these inventors' creations are still seen
as rudimentary for shaping nations' educational, social, agricultural,
industrial, economic, legal and political systems. They have
transformed nations in what McLuhan (1964) described as a "global
village," thus reminding us again of the oneness of humanity.
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a dialogue hosted by the President of the World Bank and the Archbishop
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Erwin K. Thomas is a professor in the Department of Mass Communications
& Journalism, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA. He is
the author of Make Better Videos With Your Camcorder, TAB
BOOKS, 1991; co-editor of a Handbook on the Mass Media in the
United States: The Industry and Its Audiences and Mass Media
in 2025: Industries, Organizations, People, and Nations, Greenwood
Press, 1994 and 2001 respectively.