2nd edition of Postgraduate in Institutional Communication and Religion in the Digital Age

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The Blanquerna School of Communication offers the second edition of this unique postgraduate course in Spain that combines the triad of communication, religion and new technologies. It is taught by more than thirty professors and professionals specialising in the subject, including the Italian Vatican journalist from the newspaper ‘Il Corriere della Sera’ Luigi Accattoli; the director of the Information Office of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Isidro Catela; the president of Aleteia, founder of Cenit and co-founder of H2onews, Jesús Colina; and the journalist Paloma Gómez Borrero, among others.

The aim of this course is to train competent professionals in the communication and public image of ecclesiastical and religious entities, as well as to explore the new communication possibilities offered by the digital environment to transmit the religious and institutional message. This postgraduate course is part of the Blanquerna Observatory of Religion and Culture, which aims to be one of the leading observatories in Catalonia, Spain and Europe in studies on the relationship between religion and the media.

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Academic direction: Dr. Miriam Díez Bosch, Director of the Blanquerna Observatory of Communication, Religion and Culture.

Coordination: Dr. Jordi Sánchez i Torrents (Researcher at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication).

Credits: 30 ECTS

Timetable: one Friday (from 18h to 20h) and one Saturday of each month (from 9h to 13h). One intensive week, from 16 to 20 June 2014, mornings and afternoons.

Dates: 18-19 October 2013; 15-16 November 2013; 13-14 December 2013; 10 January 2014 Trip to Rome; 14-15 February 2014; 21-22 March 2014; 11-12 April 2014; 16-17 May 2014; 16-20 June 2014.

Postgraduate information and interview arrangements

Dr. Miriam Díez Bosch, miriamdb@blanquerna.url.edu

Dr. Jordi Sànchez Torrents, jordist@blanquerna.url.edu

Programme Block 1: Communication.

Media, religion and culture Journalism in the digital age: multimedia concentration and virtual communities

Public opinion and institutional communication

Block 2: Church and religions. Institutions and communication

The Catholic Church and communication.

The Vatican and the management of religious information.

Religious journalism.

Confessional and generalist media Christianity and other religions and their relationship with communication.

Block 3: New technologies and religion

From traditional languages to the digital environment Social networks. Facebook, Twitter, blogs

Television: alliance or hostility towards religion?

Online databases, religious life and good practices on the net Multimedia initiatives in the international Catholic field

Teachers and collaborators

Luigi Accattoli: Vatican journalist for the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, Rome.

Isidro Catela: Dr. Director of the Information Office of the Spanish Episcopal Conference.

Josep Maria Carbonell: Dr. Dean of the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication.

Jesús Colina: President of Aleteia, founder of Cenit and co-founder of H2onews.

Enric Planas: Former director of the Vatican Film Library and official of the Pontifical Council for Communications.

Leticia Soberón: Dr. Consultant to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

Enric Vendrell: Director General of Religious Affairs of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

Jordi Sànchez: Dr. Professor at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication and member of the Blanquerna Observatory of Communication, Religion and Culture.

Paloma Gómez Borrero. Vaticanist.

Juan Rubio. Director of Vida Nueva.

Juan Manuel Mora: Dr. Vice Rector of Institutional Communication at the University of Navarra.

Marc Carroggio: Dr. Professor of Media Relations at the Pontifical University Santa Croce, Rome.

Míriam Díez: Dr. Director of the Blanquerna Observatory of Communication, Religion and Culture.

Oriol Domingo: Journalist specialising in religious information at La Vanguardia.

Albert Sáez: Dr. Deputy Director of the newspaper and lecturer in Sociology of Communication at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication.

Marcel-lí Joan: Journalist.

Jaume Aymar: Dr. Director of Radio Estrella and Cataluña Cristiana. Jordi Llisterri: Director of Catalunyareligió.cat.

María-Paz López: Journalist specialising in religious information at La Vanguardia, former correspondent in Rome and president of the International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ).

María José Pou: Dr. Professor of ‘Specialised Religious Information’ at the Universidad Cardenal Herrera-CEU and columnist for the newspaper Las Provincias.

Xavier Marín: Dr. Professor at Blanquerna and member of the Advisory Council of the Directorate General of Religious Affairs of the Generalitat of Catalonia.

Francesc Romeu: Professor of Religious Journalism at Blanquerna and expert in religious information.

Anna Higuera: Lecturer at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication and journalist for TV3.

Pere Masip: Dr. Vicedecano de Investigación y Posgrado y codirector de Digilab.

Antoni Matabosch: Dr. Professor at the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia, former president of the Maragall Foundation.

Josep Lluís Micó: Dr. Co-director of Digilab and director of the Blanquerna Journalism Degree.

Gemma Morató: Journalist and professor of Transmission of the Christian message at Blanquerna.

Mireia Prats: Journalist-reporter for TV3, specialising in religions.

Carlos Ruiz: Dr. Vice-Dean of Teaching Staff and Students and lecturer in Ethics at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication.

Peio Sánchez: Dr. Director of the Observatory of Spiritual Cinema and lecturer at the Faculty of Theology of Catalonia.

Francesc Grané: Dr. Director of Eulogos Media; Director of the Edith Stein Centre, lecturer at Blanquerna.

Jordi Jauset: Dr. Professor of Economics and Applied Statistics at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication.

Francesc Canosa: Journalist and Dr. Lecturer at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication.

Carles Torner: Dr. Director of Cuestiones de vida cristiana and lecturer at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication.