Faith in the News

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Rachel Zoll, national religion writer for the Associated Press since 2001, will give a brownbag talk Oct. 24 on coverage of faith in the media – focusing on shortcomings in religion coverage and possibilities for improvement.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be at 12:30 p.m. in 0016 Westbrook.

Zoll, the Divinity School’s fall media fellow, has covered Scripture debates in mainline Protestant groups, the struggles of American Muslims, religion and politics, and trends in evangelical churches. She also was part of AP's team in Rome covering the death of Pope John Paul II.

A package of stories Zoll co-wrote on the growth of African Christian churches received the 2007 Wilbur Award from the Religion Communicators Council and was nominated as Story of the Year by the Religion Newswriters Association. In 2004, she was a finalist for the RNA's Templeton Reporter of the Year award.

Divinity media fellows are mid-career journalists who spend four weeks at Duke, where they attend classes, meet one-on-one and in small groups with professors, study a variety of texts, and learn more about the subject matter on which they regularly report. They also are enrolled in the media fellows program of Duke University's DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, which draws journalists from around the world.

For details, contact Jon Goldstein, 919-660-3416.