Religion in the news brings media and faith representatives together

By staff writers
October 9, 2009

A major gathering on religion and the media - aimed at journalists, press associations, faith representatives and academics - takes place in Windsor this weekend.

Speakers include Lord Harries of Pentregarth, leading journalists and people involved in media issues from Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and other faith and non-faith backgrounds.

The conference, from 11-13 October 2009, is being held at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park, whose patron is the Queen.

As well as organising its own events, the Lodge plays host to universities and to many professional organisations including the National Health Service, the Inns of Court, learned societies, charities, government and non-government organisations and many higher education institutions.

On 'Religion and the News', which features expert contributors from a wide range of backgrounds, a spokesperson for Cumberland Lodge commented: "There can be no doubt that religious news sells these days, particularly when it concerns scandal and controversy. But how are religious news stories presented in Britain, and what are the implications for society?"

"This conference will offer practical recommendations to affect future practice among communicators in the press, television and radio and in the public relations offices of the major religions," he added.

The speakers and presenters at the event are: Jobeda Ali, Director, Fair Knowledge & Founder of the Muslim Women's Summit; Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari Muslim Council of Great Britain; Simon Barrow, Co-director, Ekklesia; Charlie Beckett, Director, POLIS; Andrew Brown, Editor of Guardian Comment-is-Free Belief; Zaki Cooper, Trustee of the Council of Christians and Jews; Professor Malcolm Evans Professor of Public International Law, University of Bristol; Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent, The Times; Rt Rev Lord Harries of Pentregarth; Professor the Worshipful Mark Hill QC; Imam Monawar Hussain Muslim Tutor, Eton; Christopher Landau, Religious Correspondent, BBC World Service; Dr Jolyon Mitchell, New College Edinburgh University; Catherine Pepinster, Editor, The Tablet; Professor Gurch Randhawa, Director, Institute for Health Research, University of Bedfordshire; Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, Chair of the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK; the Revd Canon Roger Royle, broadcaster and writer; the Revd Ruth Scott, Anglican priest, writer and broadcaster; Dr Indarjit Singh OBE, Director of the Network of Sikh Organisations; and the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Anglican Bishop of Buckingham.

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