The Religion and Media Interest Group (RMIG) invites submission of research on any topic related to religion and media. RMIG is interested in papers using quantitative, qualitative or historical research methods and any recognized citation style (although APA is preferred). Please note that RMIG is interested in research papers, and essays, commentaries, or simple literature reviews will not be considered. Possible areas of focus for the research include, but are not limited to, studies of religious group members and uses of secular media, exploration of media coverage of religious issues and groups, studies of the audiences for religious news, media strategies of religious organizations, religious advertising, religious and spiritual content in popular culture, etc. Papers focusing on historically underrepresented religions, denominations and/or groups as well as religious contexts outside the U.S. are strongly encouraged. For more about RMIG and its mission, please see http://www.religionandmedia.org/our-mission-and-goals/.
Papers will be considered for presentation as traditional research panels and poster sessions. The maximum length of research papers is 25 pages, excluding endnotes and tables. The Religion and Media Interest Group also sponsors a Top Paper competition for both student and faculty papers. (Note: student papers may not have a faculty co-author.) The top student and faculty papers will be awarded $100 each, with the second-place student and faculty papers receiving $50 each. The awards will not be given if the selected papers are not presented at the conference. In order to be considered for the Top Paper competition, please specify either a student submission or a faculty submission on the cover page of the paper. All paper submissions must follow the 2012 AEJMC Uniform Paper Call.
Questions should be submitted to the RMIG Research Chair John G. Wirtz (email: email@example.com). Type “RMIG Research Paper” in the subject line when communicating via e-mail.