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Sept. 13: Faith and Values in the News: Who, How, When, Where, and Why Not”

Butler University’s Center for Faith and Vocation Lecture Series discussion by Debra Mason, founder of the Religion Newswriters Association, and Julia Lieblich, a former religion writer for the Associated Press and Chicago Tribune

When: Tuesday 13 September, 7:00-9:00 PM

Where: Butler University, Clowes Hall 4602 Sunset Ave. Indianapolis

Few topics in the news incite public dissatisfaction more than how the mainstream media report and write about religion. With faith often at the heart of legal battles, political races, social service funding and advocacy issues, it is more important than ever that the media cover religion with intelligence, fairness and accuracy. Discussing this topic will be Dr. Mason, a former award-winning journalist and the first executive director of the Religion Newswriters Association and its foundation, and co-editor of Reading in Religion as News (2000), the only anthology of religion news reporting in the mainstream media; and Julia Lieblich, former national religion writer for the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune, and the author of Sisters: Lives of Devotion and Defiance (1992). These two women have stepped up and brought coverage of religion to the forefront of media publications during this time when reporting on religion is consider too controversial for most journalists. "So much of the way people are engaging ideas about religion in this country and around the world are filtered through journalistic media, like newspapers and television and internet coverage of religion, but also through popular media, such as movies and music,” said Judith Cebula, director of the Center for Faith and Vocation. “So it seemed appropriate that we bring together some scholars and practitioners to take a critical look at how media are handling religious ideas.”

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