Punjab Research Group

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT: Religion and the News

Posted in Conferences by Pippa on June 9, 2009

11th – 13th October, Cumberland Lodge, The Great Park, Windsor

There can be no doubt that religious news sells, particularly when it concerns scandal and controversy. How are religious news stories presented in Britain? Could there be a more creative and engaged relationship between the media and faith representatives? Perhaps representatives of religions and religious institutions do not sufficiently understand how the media operates. But if so, it may be equally true that journalists and broadcasters who write about religious matters do not have sufficient insight into the culture and faith that lies behind the spokespersons with whom they deal.

Religion is at the heart of many of the dilemmas of modern life, in politics, education and science as much as in spiritual choices facing individuals. By bringing together people from several religions and from many media outlets this conference will see if practical recommendations can be made which will affect future practice among communicators in the press, television and radio and in the public relations offices of the major religions.

Confirmed speakers include:
Lord Harries; Charlie Beckett, Director of POLIS; Professor Malcolm Evans, Professor of International Law; Professor The Worshipful Mark Hill QC; Professor Gurch Randhawa, Professor of Diversity in Public Health; Christopher Landau, Religious Correspondent, BBC World Service; Zaki Cooper, Trustee of the Council of Christians and Jews; Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari Muslim Council of Great Britain; Dr Indajit Singh OBE, Director of the Network of Sikh Organisations; Dr Jolyon Mitchell, New College Edinburgh University; Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent, The Times.

For all registration enquiries, please contact Mrs. Janis Reeves: janis@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk  or 01784 497794

Further details: http://www.cumberlandlodge.ac.uk/our_conferences/forthcoming_conference_pages/religionandthenews.htm

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