Rice to host Oct. 24 panel on religion in the media

Rice University
Office of Public Affairs / News & Media Relations


David Ruth

Amy McCaig

HOUSTON – (Oct. 19, 2016) – The portrayal of religion in the media will be the focus of “Religion in the News,” a panel discussion to be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Kyle Morrow Room in Fondren Library at Rice University.

shutterstock_130538774The event will address how religion is portrayed in the media, particularly with regard to political candidates, and how this plays out at the polls. Panelists will be Patton Dodd, executive director of media and communications for the H.E. Butt Family Foundation; Khambrel Marshall, local anchor for KPRC-TV; and Diane Winston, professor of journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

“There is a lot to address here with regard to the current election,” said Elaine Howard Ecklund, director of Rice’s Religion and Public Life Program, which is sponsoring the event. “Even a lack of the presence of religion in the campaign is interesting, considering how prominently it has played in the past.” Ecklund will moderate the discussion.

WHAT: “Religion in the News.”

WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24.

WHERE: Kyle Morrow Room, Fondren Library, Rice University, 6100 Main St.

The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit http://religioninthenews.eventbrite.com.

Media who want to attend the event may RSVP to Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at amym@rice.edu or 713-348-6777.

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Religion and Public Life Program website: http://rplp.rice.edu/

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About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.