Reporting on religion workshop
Find out why religion reporting needs to be a central part of your weekly newsgathering business. More than 70 percent of Americans self-identify as “Christian,” according to the most recent Pew Research Center study, and the Christian faith continues to permeate our culture. Other religions, such as Judaism and Islam, as well as a lesser defined “spirituality,” have deep U.S. roots.
Don’t let religion coverage in your community sleep soundly. Religion informs your readers’ lives. It plays a role in what people think, what they say and how they share the narratives of their lives. In many cases, you can provide a more fully rounded story by examining the religious angle.
Three Regis University scholars – a Jesuit theologian, a Roman Catholic feminist theologian and an interfaith studies professor – will look at modern religion news coverage from a religious and theological vantage point. They’ll examine the nature of religious storytelling in light of our polarized political culture and the way univocal and stereotypical understandings of religion produce weak, abstract and inaccurate news and feature stories. Q&A will follow.
Julia Brumbaugh, Ph.D., is an associate professor of religious studies and director of Catholic studies at Regis University in Denver. She is a Roman Catholic feminist theologian who teaches courses in theology and spirituality, and whose writing engages questions of the church and its tradition(s). Most recently, she is co-editor of Turning to the Heavens and the Earth: Theological Reflections on a Cosmological Conversion: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth A. Johnson (Liturgical Press, 2016).