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Diane
Winston

Associate Professor of Journalism
Knight Center Chair in Media and Religion
Diane Winston is a national authority on religion and the media as both a journalist and a scholar. Her expertise includes religion, politics and the news media as well as religion and the entertainment media.
Photo of Diane Winston
Diane Winston is a national authority on religion and the media as both a journalist and a scholar. Her expertise includes religion, politics and the news media as well as religion and the entertainment media.
Expertise: 
Arts and Culture, Global, History, Politics, Popular Culture, Religion
Research and Practice Areas: 
Culture and Media
News and Media Industries
Persuasion and Politics
Center Affiliation: 

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Winston’s courses examine religion, spirituality and ethics in relationship to journalism, entertainment media, American history and foreign policy. Her class on international religion reporting has taken students to cover conflict and coexistence in Israel and Palestine, growing secularism in Ireland, and elections in India. In addition to partnering with Global Post and KPCC, she has helped students place their work in outlets including the Washington Post, the Jerusalem Post, Der Spiegel, Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times and the Atlantic.

“Hollywood, Faith and Media,” her course on how television narratives incorporate religion, spirituality and ethics, has hosted writer/directors such as David Shore (House), Barbara Hall (Joan of Arcadia and Madame Secretary) and Ronald Moore (Battlestar Galactica and Outlander). Her other courses include "American Religion, Foreign Policy and the News Media"; "American Spirituality: Radicals, Rebels, and Freethinkers"; and "Jesus is My Homeboy: An Introduction to American Religious History."

In her work as Knight Chair, Winston routinely organizes conferences on religion’s role in the media. Convenings have explored post-9/11 television and the war on terror; religion and electoral politics; Arab democracy in the post-Arab Spring era; religion and the 2016 elections, and the Syrian refugee crisis. In fall 2015, she organized a Visions and Voices event, “Windows on Death Row,” that featured editorial cartoons and art work from Death Row prisoners that illuminated the issue of capital punishment.

Winston is currently working on several research projects, including three books: Un/Real Religion: Religion and Reality TV, an edited collection; Lost and Found: Religion in Los Angeles, also an edited collection; and A Shining City: Religion, News and Reagan’s America. Her other books include: The Oxford Handbook on Religion and the American News Media (Oxford University Press, 2012); Small Screen, Big Picture: Television and Lived Religion, editor (Baylor University Press, 2009).

Awards and honors: 

Visions and Voices award, “Waging Peace in Vietnam,” Photography Exhibit and Panel Discussion, 2021
Visions and Voices award, “Last of the Polish Jews,” Film and Panel Discussion, 2018
Visions and Voices award, “Dead Man Walking the Journey Continues,” keynote by Sr. Helen Prejean, and “Windows on Death Row” art exhibition, 2015
Advisory Board, International Consultation on Media, Religion, and Culture, 2014

Fall 2021

JOUR 490x: Directed Research
JOUR 567: The Power of Narrative
JOUR 590: Directed Research
JOUR 595: Critical Thinking: The Art and Science of Not Getting Fooled