CHICAGO — The Religion Communicators Council (RCC) and the Associated Church Press (ACP), two long-established professional associations serving the religious communication community, will meet for a joint national convention in Chicago on April 10-13 at Fourth Presbyterian Church on the Magnificent Mile. RCC celebrates its 90th anniversary as an interfaith organization in 2019 and ACP comes in with 93 years of supporting the life of faith and the Christian community.
The opening plenary, given by accomplished award-winning author and journalist Judith Valente (whose credentials include WGLT Radio [NPR], The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and a number of published books), will introduce the convention theme: “Seeing in New Ways: Possibilities and Perceptions.”
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A panel consisting of Dr. Glory Dharmaraj (President of World Association for Christian Communication [WACC] North America), Dr. Sarah Macharia (Global Coordinator for Global Media Monitoring Project [GMMP], Program Manager for Gender and Communication and for Monitoring Rural Poverty Reporting, WACC Global) and Dr. Karri Whipple (writer, activist, assistant professor of Liberal Studies at New York University, and Vice President of WACC North America, will take an intersectional approach to exploring and challenging the present state of gender representation in media and media production. Titled “Communicating in the Age of #MeToo,” the panel will engage a range of ongoing efforts to raise awareness about gender disparities and examine issues of media ethics, the role of social media, and emerging strategies. Finally, they will provide tools and suggest strategies to promote greater equity in our work as religion-based communicators. The Rev. Eric Shafer, Senior Pastor at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Santa Monica, CA will serve as the moderator.
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