Looking again at religion and the news

By Anna Schwoub
August 12, 2013

Religion and the News is the title of a book published at the end of last year (2012), co-edited by Professor Jolyon Mitchell, who is taking part in tonight's 'Faith and the Media' conversation at St John's Church, Edinburgh, 6-7.30pm, as part of Just Festival.

In this well-received volume, 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.

Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow, who is also doing press work for Just Festival again this year, is a contributor to the book, with a chapter looking at the impact of new media on the profile of religious issues and institutions, and vice versa.

Religion and the News is published by Ashgate Press and is being promoted by the Centre for Theology and Public Issues at the University of Edinburgh, Cumberland Lodge (Windsor) and Ekklesia (London and Edinburgh).

Just Festival, also known simply as Just, runs from 2-26 August 2013. It is based at St John's Church (corner of Princes Street and Lothian Road) and some 27 other venues, and combines artistic and performance style events with conversations, talks, films exhibits and other ways of exploring how to live together creatively in a mixed-belief society.

* More on the publication here: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409420187

* For more information on Just Festival, visit http://www.justjust.org and http://justfestivalnews.blogspot.com

* Ekklesia is a sponsor of Just Festival. Our news, reporting and comment is aggregated at: www.ekklesia.co.uk/justfestival

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© Anna Schwoub is a writer and academic from Northumbria specialising in the link between culture, religion and social change.

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