Journalists worldwide are invited to apply for membership in the International Association of Religion Journalists. Join several hundred leading colleagues from more than 50 nations across the globe as together we build a respected professional body that can transcend national and regional biases to become a compelling voice, a trusted source of support and an indispensable resource for journalists worldwide reporting on religion.
Membership benefits include:
- A comprehensive website, complete with a members-only international directory of journalists covering religion, and members-only forums to learn from one another and to work together on international stories.
- Original stories and special access to the finest and most up-to-date research on religion throughout the world. Guided tools such as mapping features, tutorials and specially designed search engines will enable journalists to get deadline access to the most relevant data on hundreds of subjects and the role of religion in nearly every nation in the world.
- Special access to courses, dialogues and conferences enabling journalists to discuss contemporary issues in international religion journalism, and share best practices for coverage.
- News of the latest job and fellowship openings related to international coverage of religion.
- Newsletters keeping you up-to-date with news on the beat, practical resources and a comprehensive list of professional conferences and professional opportunities.
May 9, 2013
In the Arab World: “Religious Reporting” Versus “Reporting on Religion”
What is the state of religion coverage in the Arab world? In order to understand the reality of religion reporting in the Arab media, I contacted a number of journalists from Arab countries who are interested in the topic. Read about how religion is covered in Algeria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Palestine and Lebanon.
January 9, 2013
How reporting on minority faiths can make all the difference
A multitude of international studies show that respect for religious diversity has the greatest potential for peace and that the stories journalists tell about minority religions can make a real difference.
December 1, 2012
IARJ promotes global religion journalism at Columbia, Yale, Instituto Cervantes
In its effort to promote contemporary issues in international religion reporting, members of the IARJ’s Board of Directors held several seminars in November 2012 at leading journalism and academic institutions in the US.
November 1, 2012
Spotlight on Endy Bayuni from Indonesia
Endy Bayuni, Senior Editor at the Jakarta Post, has reported extensively on the complex mosaic of interfaith relations in Indonesia for more than ten years. Here he shares his insights into the media’s role on shaping opinions around religion.
October 20, 2012
Spotlight on: Peggy Fletcher Stack from the US
For 21 years, Peggy Fletcher Stack has covered religious issues for The Salt Lake Tribune. She says religious reporting touches all the important topics – values, ethics, communities, rituals, philosophical underpinnings, politics, meaning and provides some of the most compelling narratives in the media.
September 29, 2012
Amid violent protests and provocative films, religion journalists find understanding
Recent events such as the release of a crude anti-Islamic film made by extremists was associated with violent actions by extremists in other parts of the world shows how issues relating to faith can cross borders with startling speed and emphasizes the importance of the IARJ.
August 30, 2012
Global reporters launch international association of religion journalists
Please join your colleagues in the joyous task of spreading the news about the world’s first international body of religion journalists providing editors, reporters and analysts with the tools, resources and support to promote accurate, fair and balanced reporting on religion worldwide. Press releases in Read Article...
June 7, 2012
Welcome to the IARJ
Welcome to the International Association of Religion Journalists, truly the first global organization of professionals covering religion. We are an international network of writers, broadcast journalists, bloggers, editors and photographers from different countries of all continents, eager to promote excellence in the coverage of religion and spirituality worldwide.
May 18, 2012
Spotlight on: Prince Charles Dickson of Nigeria
A beacon of independent reporting amid the violent conflict in Nigeria, Prince Charles Dickson is widely picked up in media outlets throughout the region that can count on his informed voice providing objective coverage of religion. South African journalist Yazeed Kamaldien asks Dickson about his experiences in religion journalism.
January 31, 2012
Primer on Islam
John L. Esposito, Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, examines the many faces of Islam in this informative primer.