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Reimagining Religion 2018: New Stories, New Communities

University of Southern California (Knight Program & CRCC), Religion News Association, & Religion Communicators Council

Friday, January 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PST)

Reimagining Religion 2018: New Stories, New Communities

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Reimagining Religion 2018: New Stories, New Communities

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

Friday, January 26, 2018

A conference hosted by the Knight Program in Media and Religion at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism in cooperation with Religion News Association and Religion Communicators Council, as well as with co-sponsors: the USC Center for Religion and Civic CultureClaremont School of Theology, and Los Angeles First United Methodist.

One of the biggest religion stories of today is the rising number of Americans who no longer identify with a particular religion. But disaffiliation is only one side of the story. The current period of flux also is characterized by people and congregations exploring spirituality and experimenting with new forms of religious expression. 

For communicators and journalists, today's religious creativity represents opportunities for more complex and compelling narratives of meaning, purpose, and identity that will engage audiences. At this one-day conference, we will explore "reimagined communities” and new forms of storytelling

We will hear from Hollywood creatives, religion reporters, communications and journalism academics, regional activists and pioneers in emerging communities and innovative storytelling.  We seek to highlight how, through storytelling, communicators are instigators for change.

  • Casey Tom Baker

    Casey Tom Baker

    Seventh-day Adventist Church

    General Manager, Faith for Today TV

  • Deepa Bharath

    Deepa Bharath

    The Orange County Register & Southern California Newspaper Group

    Religion Reporter

  • Antonia Blumberg

    Antonia Blumberg


    Religion Reporter

  • Sharon Brous

    Sharon Brous


    Senior and Founding Rabbi

  • David Craig

    David Craig

    USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

    Clinical Assistant Professor

  • Laura E. Davis

    Laura E. Davis

    USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

    of Professional Practice; Digital News Director of the Annenberg Media Center

  • Jason DeRose

    Jason DeRose


    Western Bureau Chief

  • Maura Dunbar

    Maura Dunbar

    Engage Entertainment

    President & CEO

  • Noah Farkas

    Noah Farkas

    Valley Beth Shalom


  • Richard Flory

    Richard Flory

    USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture

    Senior Director of Research and Evaluation

  • Thomas Gallagher

    Thomas Gallagher

    Religion News Foundation & Religion News Service

    CEO and Publisher

  • Umar Hakim

    Umar Hakim

    ILM Foundation & inkerij


  • Barbara Hall

    Barbara Hall


    TV writer, TV producer, novelist, singer-songwriter

  • Aziza Hasan

    Aziza Hasan

    NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change

    Executive Director

  • Bud Heckman

    Bud Heckman

    Religion Communicators Council


  • Zach Hoover

    Zach Hoover

    LA Voice - PICO

    Executive Director

  • Jaweed Kaleem

    Jaweed Kaleem

    Los Angeles Times

    National Race and Justice Correspondent

  • Robert Kozinets

    Robert Kozinets

    USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

    Jayne and Hans Hufschmid Chair of Strategic Public Relations at USC Annenberg

  • Edina Lekovic

    Edina Lekovic

    Muslim Public Affairs Council

    Public Affairs Consultant

  • Ian Lovett

    Ian Lovett

    Wall Street Journal

    National Religion Reporter

  • Mandy Sloan McDow

    Mandy Sloan McDow

    Los Angeles First United Methodist Church

    Senior Pastor

  • Nick Street

    Nick Street

    USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture

    Senior Writer

  • Megan Sweas

    Megan Sweas

    University of Southern California

    Editor and Director of Communications

  • Diane Winston

    Diane Winston

    USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

    Associate Professor and Knight Center Chair in Media & Religion

  • Mira Zimet

    Mira Zimet

    University of Southern California

    Director of Creative Content | Executive Director of Strategic Video Communications

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Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
University of Southern California
3502 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Friday, January 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (PST)

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University of Southern California (Knight Program & CRCC), Religion News Association, & Religion Communicators Council

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a national leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service, and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world.

The Knight Chair in Media and Religion seeks to establish the Annenberg School for Communication as a pre-eminent location for the enhancement of religion coverage—not simply confined to the traditional realms of religion reporting but one which proactively illuminates the intersection of religion and all beats, whether politics, environment, education, or entertainment. The Chair will develop courses for journalism students, sponsor public events, and initiate venture projects with local constituencies. The program aims to serve the news industry by working with media corporations and professional journalism associations to create an environment conducive to the critical understanding of religion, spirituality, and moral values as fundamental elements of coverage.  In this capacity, the Chair will initiate continuing education programs that benefit journalists.

USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) explores how religions change and make change in Southern California and across the globe—and to help religious and civic leaders understand the shifts of the day.  

CRCC’s work falls into four activities, with research grounding the other three areas:

  • Research: CRCC explores religious developments locally and globally from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • Training: CRCC leads capacity-building programs for religious organizations, civic leaders and government agencies;
  • Evaluation: CRCC analyzes and assesses initiatives and programs focused on faith communities; and 
  • Strategic Consulting: CRCC illuminates trends in religion for foundations, government agencies and organizations to help them shape their strategy and maximize their impact.

Religion Communicators Council (RCC), founded in 1929, is an association of communications professionals who work for and with a diverse group of faith-based organizations in the areas of communications, public relations, advertising, and development.  The RCC provides opportunities for communicators to learn from each other. Together, RCC members promote excellence in the communication of faith and values in the public arena and encourage understanding among religious and faith groups.

Religion News Association (RNA) is the world’s oldest and largest association for professional journalists writing about religion, faith, and values in the news media. RNA was founded in 1949 and it encourages coverage of religion that is accurate, balanced, civil, and fair. Over the last two decades, RNA has created the largest repository of tools and training guides about covering religion, found at and RNA hosts 20 international contests on religion news and draws hundreds of journalists to its annual conference. It’s collaborated in more than 100 trainings over the past decade.

Claremont School of Theology is United Methodist in origin and affiliation; and ecumenical and interreligious in spirit. Students are nurtured by Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason and are prepared for lives of ministry, leadership, and service. Graduates are prepared to become agents of transformation and healing in churches, local communities, schools, non-profit institutions, and the world at large.   

An official theological school of The United Methodist Church, CST enjoys close relationships with other Protestant denominations, especially the Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  CST is pioneering an experiment in the future of religious education by desegregating it so students can better learn about others as they learn about themselves. Research shows that students gain a deeper understanding of their own faith when educated in the presence of religious diversity.

Los Angeles First United Methodist Church (also known as "City Beautiful • LA" in the expression of ministries and discipleship) is a Christian ministry and part of the global United Methodist denomination.  In 1854, the church was born in the converted El Dorado Saloon.  It was a leader in the abolitionist movement during the Civil War, and over the last 160 years, has helped to found the University of Southern California, Goodwill Industries, Methodist Hospital, the Chinese Mission, Children's Learning Center, Los Angeles Urban Foundation and several affordable housing properties in Los Angeles.

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