Beyond Tolerance, an interfaith special, to be broadcast June 25, 2017 on CBS

Beyond Tolerance, an interfaith special, to be broadcast June 25, 2017 on CBS

In the wake of one of the most contentious elections in recent history, Beyond Tolerance, a CBS Interfaith Special, tackles where we are as a country and ways to overcome prejudice and bigotry in communities across the United States. This special broadcast will air Sunday, June 25 (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network.

Faith leaders from Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist traditions discuss this unprecedented moment in history and how this period of divisiveness is an opportunity to bring systemic change for the good of society. This discussion includes: Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism (the largest Jewish movement in North America); Imam Khalid Latif, executive director and chaplain for the New York University (NYU) Islamic Center, and chaplain at the New York Police Department; and Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, an ordained Zen Buddhist priest, author, activist and founder of Center for Transformative Change in Berkeley, Calif.


Webinar: Taking Your Social Media Presence to Another Level

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Ryan Koch, Director of New York Office of Public and International Affairs for the LDS Church, will lead a webinar with RCC members on developing an advanced game plan and adding techniques for your social media efforts.

This workshop will take you beyond the basic ingredients of social media and into a smörgåsbord of social media management, metrics, and strategy.

Topics will include online social media management tools, metrics to consider beyond “likes” and “favorites,” the social media clearance process, ghostwriting for principals, social media campaigns, crisis response and developing an editorial calendar.


It’s all about finding a good story, CBS Sunday Morning producer tells New York Chapter

By Linda Bloom

Dustin Stephens speaking at the May New York Chapter meeting.

CBS Sunday Morning is always looking for a good story that will appeal to their average audience of 6 million viewers.

The Harmony Project,” says Dustin Stephens, a CBS Sunday Morning producer, was one of those stories and all it took was a telephone conversation with David Brown – the “inspirational and charismatic” leader of the Columbus, Ohio, community choir – to convince him of that.

Stephens, who accepted a Wilbur Award for the story on behalf of his team during the 2017 Religion Communicators Council Convention in Chicago, spoke about the Harmony Project and CBS Sunday Morning at the New York chapter’s May 16 lunch meeting.

Jane Pauley was the correspondent for the piece. Rand Morrison served as executive producer and Lauren Barnello and Carol A. Ross were the editors.

At the beginning, Stephens expected the Harmony Project story would be a secular one, but, he explained, “the spiritual themes were so obvious that we could not ignore them as we put the story together.”


Webinar: How to Use Data and Research in Religious Storytelling

On Wednesday, May 24 at 1:00 p.m. EDT, Professor Tobin Grant led a webinar with RCC members on how we can and should use data and statistical research better in our religious storytelling.

Webinars are just one of the benefits RCC provides to members.


Re-writing the script: analyzing gender and religion in the media

By Blake Meller

Karri Whipple and Dr. Glory Dharmaraj

Photo by WACC staff

In a workshop held during the 2017 Religion Communicators Council conference, Glory Dharmaraj, the U.S coordinator for the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), and media specialist, writer, and activist, Karri Whipple, presented the workshop, Re-Writing the Script: Analyzing Gender and Religion in the Media. This workshop focused on assessing the current state of gender and religion in media and provided ways to promote greater equity.

The workshop began with Dharmaraj presenting data on the disproportionally small voice of female reporters and presenters in the world of media and news. Dharmaraj said that according to the 2015 GMMP, only 38% of reporters are women in the U.S. Even more strikingly, “0% of these reporters covered religion.” Within the U.S., women are more favorably seen in positions where they talk about the values and responsibilities in the household, rather than talking about dimensions of their religious affiliation. Data does show that “5% of reporters report on religion globally.” This is a higher percentage than the U.S, but still shows a huge dilemma within cultures around the world, and how they motivate and accept women within the field of religious reporting.

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