Web

Academic

An online data resource based at the University of Manchester. Presentation and discussion of data from a range of different sources.

A site examining media responses to the release of the video Fitna by the Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, hosted by University of Loughborough.

This Working Group of the International Association for Media and Communications Research has a special interest in religious aspects of communication.

The Network offers an interactive space for researchers and others wishing to learn more about this growing research area to share related resources and highlight news items as well as events. Scholars can also apply to join the network and contribute to the collaborative spaces on the site.

A network of researchers working in Nordic countries. Focuses on the increased interconnectedness between media, religious activities and beliefs, and broader cultural dynamics.

A cluster of research projects at University of Heidelberg Institute of Religious Studies, exploring religion and rituals in virtual worlds.

The Religious Studies Project features a weekly audio interview with leading scholars of Religious Studies, weekly articles from postgraduates and other scholars of religion, and other useful resources for teachers and students of religion in the modern world.

Virtual Buddhism is a Facebook group that aims to capture and examine the use of phone applications, websites, social media and virtual worlds such as Second Life in relation to Buddhist ritual. authority, identity and community.

Blogs

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication special interest group on Religion and Media has a blog which mostly comments on issues that have arisen in the US press and popular culture.

When religion meets new media: a blog exploring the intersection between new media, religion and digital culture

Nabil Echchaibi

Islam in a New Media Age

Two researchers at the University of Sheffield Centre for Freedom of the Media, Jackie Harrison and James Crossley, have set up a blog dedicated to updates, news and analysis of a wide range of issues relating to religion and the media.

DJ Chuang's weekly series of podcast conversations with (American) Christian church leaders, authors and academics about the role of social media in ministry.

Commentary on media, religion, and culture

A group blog from researchers at Colorado University Boulder's Center for Media, Religion and Culture

Journals

The Journal of Media and Religion is a juried journal publishing original research that addresses how religion as a social and cultural phenomenon broadens understanding of mass communication and society. The journal examines a full range of religious traditions (e.g., Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Eastern religious philosophies, and new/alternative religious movements) and serves as a forum for scholars, media professionals and theologians.

A web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to the academic exploration, analysis and interpretation, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, of the interrelations and interactions between religion and religious expression and popular culture, broadly defined as the products of contemporary mass culture.

Religion to Go! - Religion in Mobile Internet Environments, Mobile Apps, Augmented Realities and the In-Betweens

Second Nature is an online journal for critical thinking about technology and new media in light of the Christian tradition, publishing articles of 1-3000 words in length, videos and artworks.

JRMDC is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal, edited by Tim Hutchings. JRMDC invites submissions from all academic disciplines, including but not limited to theology, sociology and media studies. Publications will address intersections between religion, media and culture, with a particular focus on digital technologies. Studies of any religious tradition will be considered.

News and think tanks

An independent, not-for-profit think-tank which examines the role of religion in public life and advocates transformative theological ideas and solutions. We also look at the operation of beliefs and values is society and politics more widely. UK based.

Information for politicians, media, and the public on Islam in Europe, run by an active network of researchers and scholars who conduct comparative research on Islam and Muslims in the West. France/US based.

Run by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, which seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. US based

A daily review of religion in the news and the news about religion. US based

World News Network Religion Review

Daily news related to different religions, from the World News Network. US based.