Archive for the ‘Articles’ Category

February 16, 2015
Global Plus: Religion and Immigration in Europe
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The transition to more religiously and ethnically diverse societies is rarely a smooth one. An economic downturn and heightened security fears have made it particularly challenging for countries throughout Europe. Amid the turmoil, many governments have forgone efforts at social integration in favor of legislation restricting religious freedom. But research indicates such efforts only increase conflict.

January 13, 2015
Eight Tips for Covering Religion Outside Your Home: The Arab Magherb
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By Larbi Megari Reporting outside your native region carries many challenges. Among these is knowing how to handle yourself appropriately and improve your odds for getting the best story that you can. The IARJ is offering this occasional series on how to work in lands that you may not be familiar with. Larbi Megari, the

Spotlight on Astrid Dalehaug Norheim
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Questions and Answers with Astrid Dalehaug Norheim For more than 20 years, Astrid Dalehaug Norheim has been writing about religion in Norway. Currently, she is political editor for the Christian newspaper Dagen. Religion has been a part of her reporting since she started working as a journalist in 1992. She has done important reporting on

December 18, 2014
Global Plus: Democracy and Islam
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Welcome to GlobalPlus, a new monthly feature designed to increase understanding on critical issues in international religion. Each GlobalPlus, produced by our partner, the Association of Religion Data Archives, lifts up the voices and contributions of international journalists, scholars and researchers to promote accurate, balanced reporting on religion enriched by the diverse, high-quality data being produced throughout the world. The inaugural report focuses on the issue of Islam and democracy.

May 10, 2014
How can secular and religious individuals share the same public space? Humility, humility and humility
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The winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize advocates humility in the search for understanding and common moral ground. What the world needs now, Czech philosopher Tomas Halik says, is more dialogue and less contentiousness. He was secretly ordained a priest in East Germany in 1978. And even after the fall of communism Czech philosopher Tomas

April 23, 2014
Media “stereotype” religion and incite fear over it: South African conference
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  The media need to avoid stereotyping religion and exaggerating conflict between faith groups, according to a panel at a recent International Press Institute conference in South Africa in which IARJ members participated. “The real reason we are not doing a good job reporting on religion is that it is complex and journalists are too

March 25, 2014
Spotlight on Waqar Gillani, of Pakistan
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  Questions & Answers with Waqar Gillani: Waqar writes about religion as a staff member of  The News on Sunday, which is the weekly edition of The News International. It is one of Pakistan’s largest English-language daily newspapers, with a London edition. Waqar has contributed to reports for The New York Times, Agence France-Presse and

November 24, 2013
Journalism and Religion in Latin America: Journalists Share Challenges, Rewards
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It was an eye-opening experience to gather in Brazil in the fall of 2013 with more than 20 of Latin America’s leading religion journalists and scholars – ranging from two leading biographers of the new Argentinian pope to South America’s high-profile correspondent for Al Jazeera. Historic changes within the influential Roman Catholic Church were on

IARJ Conference on Journalism and Religion receives global coverage
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Courageous reporters taking on powerful religious groups and drug dealers to do excellent religion journalism. The increasing mix of religion and politics in Latin America. How a Spanish entrepreneur convinced the papacy to use social media. The ways Pentecostal-Catholic competition is contributing to religious revivals in the region. International audiences, including readers of three of Latin America’s largest newspapers, received insights into the state of religion and journalism in Latin America in reporting coming out of the recent IARJ conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Enjoy the work of Sergio Rubin, Jose Maria Mayrink, Mariano de Vedia and other prominent writers by clicking here.

The International Symposium on Religious Journalism in Brisbane, Australia October 30-31 2013
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By Rachael Kohn Last year over an advisory board meeting of the Multi Faith Centre at Griffith University in Brisbane, I suggested that a conference on religion journalism would draw together our mutual interest in the media as a powerful instrument in fostering greater understanding of religious groups in Australia.  The director, Brian Adams, of