The London book launch of a new multi-author volume, 'Religion and the News' takes place with a Faith and Public Life seminar at Westminster Abbey this lunchtime (Thursday 6 December 2012).
This launch is being co-hosted by King’s College London and Westminster Abbey. It will take the form of a public and panel discussion on 'Religion and the News', including journalist Ruth Gledhill and broadcaster/producer Michael Wakelin, along with co-editors Professor Jolyon Mitchell (University of Edinburgh) and Owen Gower (Cumberland Lodge).
I am pleased to have a chapter entitled 'Religion and new media: changing the story' in this very stimulating collection. Unfortunately, I am not able to be at the London launch, as I am involved with the Anabaptist Theology Group meeting in the English Midlands. But there will be a further launch event in March 2013 in Edinburgh.
The book is published by Ashgate, and is described and summarised on their website as follows:
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.
© Simon Barrow is co-director of Ekklesia. With and between public policy, theological and church work, he has been a professional writer and journalist since 1982.