Religion and the News

Religion and the News


By (author) Jolyon Mitchell, By (author) Owen Gower, Contributions by Catherine Pepinster, Contributions by Ruth Gledhill, Contributions by Charlie Beckett, Contributions by Imam Monawar Hussain, Contributions by Jonathan Romain, Contributions by Indarjit Singh, Contributions by Lord Harries, Contributions by Andrew Brown


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  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
  • Format: Hardback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 22mm | 621g
  • Publication date: 30 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Aldershot
  • ISBN 10: 1409420183
  • ISBN 13: 9781409420187
  • Illustrations note: includes 14 b&w photos

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In "Religion and the News" journalists and religious leaders reflect on their interactions with one another and their experiences of creating news. Through a series of original contributions, leading practitioners shed light on how religious stories emerge into the public domain. Experienced journalists and religious representatives from different faith traditions critically consider their role in a rapidly evolving communicative environment. Aimed at journalists, faith representatives, religious leaders, academics and students, this book offers a timely exploration of the current state of religious news coverage and makes an original contribution to the emerging media, religion and culture literature, as well as to media and communication studies. "Religion and the News" presents insights from leading journalists and religious leaders, many well-known figures, writing openly about their experiences.

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Author information

Dr Jolyon Mitchell is the director of CTPI (Centre for Theology and Public Issues); a senior lecturer in Communications, Theology and Ethics; and Head (convenor) of the Theology & Ethics Subject Area at the School of Divinity, New College, Edinburgh University. Prior to this he worked as a producer and journalist for BBC World Service and Radio 4. Educated at Cambridge, Durham and Edinburgh Universities he is the author of: Media Violence and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and Visually Speaking: Radio and the Renaissance of Preaching (T&T Clark, 1999/2000); co-editor of the Religion and Film Reader (Routledge, 2007) and Mediating Religion: Conversations in Media, Religion and Culture (Continuum, 2003). He is co-editor of two monograph series on topics related to Media, Religion and Culture, and author of numerous articles and book chapters. He is currently working on: Inciting Violence, Promoting Peace: The Role of Media and Religion (Routledge, forthcoming) which is based on a series of international case studies, including analysis of the use of different media during the Iran-Iraq War, the Rwandan Genocide, and post-Apartheid South Africa. He enjoys teaching undergraduates and postgraduates in Edinburgh and working with other groups around the UK and beyond. Dr Owen Gower is Senior Fellow at Cumberland Lodge, an educational charity specialising in cross-sector co-operation on matters affecting the development of society. Owen was educated at St John's College, Durham and King's College London where, in 2008, he completed a PhD in Philosophy (Philosophy and Philosophical Method in Plato's Phaedo). His research focuses on questions in epistemology and belief. He also has a developing interest in applied ethics, having written and edited a number of Lodge publications on topics such as pacificism, public perceptions of crime, and the value of higher education. An experienced editor, project manager and administrator, Owen takes the lead in organising the conference programme at Cumberland Lodge.

Table of contents

Introduction, Owen Gower and Jolyon Mitchell; Section 1 Understanding Religion and the News: Section introduction; Religion and the news: stories, contexts, journalists and audiences, Jolyon Mitchell; religion in the British media today, Teemu Taira, Elizabeth Poole and Kim Knott; A relationship worth getting right, Paul Woolley.; Ection 2 Covering Religion: Section introduction; What the media thinks of religion: a broadcast perspective, Christopher landau; Mirrors to the world, Ruth Gledhill; Networked religion, Charlie Beckett; religion and the specialist press, Catherine Pepinster; Cumberland blues, Andrew Brown.; Section 3 Representing Religion: Section introduction; Islam and the news, Monawar Hussain; Speaking on behalf of God, Jonathan Romain; respect, religion and the news, Indarjit Singh; popular media, news and religion, Roger Royle; Balancing religion and the news in conflict zones, Ruth Scott.; Section 4 Contesting Religion and the News: Section introduction; Religion and the new media: changing the stories, Simon Barrow; Taking offence: free speech, blasphemy and the media, Jonathan Heawood; Law, religion and the media: more spinned against than spinning?, Mark Hills; Towards a theology of news, Richard Harries; Conclusion: the futures of religion and the news, Jolyon Mitchell and Owen Gower; Annotated bibliography, Teemu taira and Jolyon Mitchell; Select webography; Index.