This is the third Religion in the Media festival and like its predecessors it is packed full of stand-out keynote speakers, in-depth discussions and panel talks delving in to all aspects of the presentation of religion.

From mainstream television, radio and print to the huge engagement with religion online and in social media, this is an essential event for anyone wanting to help shape or critique the narrative of modern day religion.

For the first time this event will take place online. The Zoom link will be included in your booking confirmation and a reminder with the link sent on the day. 

Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury will be opening the day with our morning keynote.


11.00: Rowan Williams: “Review of the Year”, keynote speaker and interview with Roger Bolton 

11.45: Polemic: ‘You don’t understand me’:  Professor Suzanne Franks on the British media coverage of Israel

12.00: Panel Discussion: What is British Islam, what is French Islam? Chaired by Tim Wyatt 

12.45: Panel Discussion: How young people engaged with religion, belief and spirituality during the lockdowns and through the pandemic. Chaired by Kate Christopher 

13.15: Lunch

13.45: Podcasts: Top ten tips for great podcasts Gerard Edwards CEO Podcast Radio  

14.00: Keynote: Relationship between the Government and Faith. Government faith engagement adviser Colin Bloom joins a panel including Laura Marks, Daniel Singleton and Julie Siddiqui to discuss the relationship between government and faith groups. Chaired by Hannah Scott Joynt 

14.45: Polemic: ‘You Don’t Understand Me’: Dr Dulcie McKenzie, on how the media report and understand the mainly black churches in the UK 

15.00: What is an evangelical? How has the term been used in America and how does UK experience differ? Chaired by Rosie Dawson 

15.45: Polemic: ‘You Don’t Understand Me’: Rahul Tandon, BBC East India correspondent, explains the religious dimension when covering India   

16.00: Reporting communities in Britain: How are media organisations responding to this challenge, with Helen Harper, Regional Head of Communities at Reach PLC 

Reporting Communities Panel includes:
Helen Harper, Community Reporter for Cambridge News
Debbie Luxon Community Reporter for Cambridge News
Adnan Rashid, community reporter working for Staffordshire Live
Chaired by Leo Devine

Please note

A Zoom link to join this event will be included in the confirmation email upon booking.

Date - Mon 12 April 2021 11:00am


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