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Intersectional justice: Gender, race, and religion in the media

By Megan Anderson

Dr. Glory Dharmaraj (photo by George Conklin)

Dr. Glory Dharmaraj began the session by presenting glaring statistics about women in the reporting field. They can all be found on the Who Makes the News website. Her main message was that gender and religion are not monolithic categories that can be essentialized and that the framing of gender, race, and religion do not occur in a vacuum. The language of “family values” is often used as a reason to keep women from advancing in the field. They are also influenced by fear and the emergence of nascent nationalist ideology.

Next, the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC), presented on news accessibility, equality of access, and the representation of people and issues. Who is visible/invisible? Is more than one side of the story presented?

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RCC members learn about Atlanta’s history

By Anne Keever Cannon, APR

Tear stains are still visible on the veil worn by Coretta Scott King at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral. The veil is on exhibit at the Center for Nonviolent Social Change. (Photo by Anne Keever Cannon, APR.)

Some 25 RCC members got a close-up look at Atlanta’s heart Thursday.

They visited the neighborhood where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was born, grew up and ministered. They saw his alma mater, Morehouse College, and learned a bit about the city’s vibrant downtown.

The bus stopped first at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Park. The area stretches several blocks along Auburn Avenue. It includes the house where the civil rights icon was born and grew up; Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as assistant pastor; and the crypt where King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, are buried.

The church is the area’s center. It’s been restored to look as it did when King ministered there in the 1960s. It’s no longer an active church – the congregation built a new home across the street in 1999 to accommodate growth.

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Atlanta convention opens with keynote on “Realizing the Dream”

By Carolyn Lewis

Keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas (photo by George Conklin)

Rev Russell Pierce, executive director of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church welcomed the annual Religion Communicators Council convention to Atlanta. He said that Atlanta is an international city rich in history and pointed out that his staff is now working out of a local congregation after years of being in New York.

Keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Byron E. Thomas, senior pastor of Ben Hill United Methodist Church in Atlanta, called “bitterness on all sides” an impediment to improving relationships in the US.

Speaking on the theme of “Realizing the Dream of Peace and Justice through Communication,” he said, “Bitterness causes people to see others as an ‘it’ rather than a ‘thou.’”

“If we fail to deal with bitterness any progress will not bring a long lasting and endurable peace.”

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Registration STILL OPEN for Atlanta Convention

Attendees at the 2018 national convention will tour and visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights on Saturday, April 7. Ticket price is included in your registration.

Full Convention Registration
  • Includes all presentations, workshops, scheduled meals, DeRose-Hinkhouse and Wilbur Awards banquets.
    • Full Registration: $395
    • Full Registration for a spouse or partner: $295
    • Full Registration for Students: $200 (Student ID required)
  • See Convention Registration page for fees for separate days, meals
  • Online registration

Workshop highlight

Workshop | Management/APR track

APRReputation Management in Our Modern Age

This session offers religion communicators a look into the unique challenges and opportunities of reputation management today. We’ll talk about trends, the current state of public opinion, and, of course, best practices as we review a couple of high-profile case studies.

Katherine MoralesKatherine Morales, APR (@ktmason) is founder of InFlection Point Communications in Atlanta and a member of the Universal Accreditation Board. She specializes in brand building, reputation management, and strategic communications planning and has provided public relations counsel to Chick-fil-A, Hewlett-Packard, and Bayer CropScience. She now partners with many entrepreneurial companies to help manage their reputations, discover their inflection point, and create positive change for future growth.

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Read more about all the Convention speakers and schedule and register today!

Speakers, Awards and Tours all part of the 3 days activities in Atlanta! See you there or watch Facebook and our website for news. #RCC2018Atlanta

 

Telling long-term stories that matter

By Candice Johnson

Sarah Pulliam Bailey at New York Chapter RCC, March 2018

On Tuesday March 21st, the New York City chapter of the RCC met at the Church Pension Group for its monthly lunch meeting. This month’s speaker was Sarah Pulliam Bailey of the Washington Post. Sarah is a religion reporter and currently runs Washington Post’s religion blog, “Acts of Faith.” Her focus is religion’s intersection with everything, including politics, culture and education.

Sarah began by speaking of her experience as a journalist throughout the rise of Trump. She put forth the question, in a time of Trump dominating the news cycle how do we break through as religion communicators? How do we tell long-term stories that matter instead of reacting to every tweet and scandal?

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