The November 2017 issue of JRFM explores the possibilities of using media in representing religions. David Morgan estimates  that our usual scientific usage of media aims at suggesting objectivity. For example, charts can be used to display empirical “truth” or a photograph to “demonstrate” an argument: these figures and pictures are often introduced without an explanation of their own perspective or an analysis of the production and the context in which they are embedded.
This issue will explore the possibilities of analysing media as a crucial part of research and as a means for both producing and representing scholarly results. Contributors with different perspectives participate to an interdisciplinary debate about the significance and the impact of media within academic work on religion. This self-reflection about producing and transmitting data in analysing, deconstructing and representing religion through media considers also the emotional impact of media upon scientific research as well as the different genres used in academic work. Furthermore, a specific reflection on our perspectives and a good knowledge about recipients’ possible perceptions are necessary, if our aim is to inform and make our own methods transparent and suitable to what we want to express.