Archive for the ‘News & Announcements’ Category


July 1, 2014
The Church Up Close: Covering the Vatican
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Issues of faith in public life dominate world news, but religion is often misunderstood or ignored in media coverage. It’s understandable. The world’s religions are the result of hundreds of years of history, prayer and tradition, and this is not easy to reflect and to explain in newspaper, radio, TV or via new-media formats. Many

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

October 30, 2013
IARJ Represented at International Meeting for Peace in Rome
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With the aim of promoting peace through mutual understanding and dialogue among religions, the Community of Sant’Egidio held in October 2013 in Rome its annual International Meeting for Peace. The motto of this meeting was “The Courage to Hope. Religions and Cultures in Dialogue”, and it convened more than 200 religious leaders, intellectuals and politicians

July 24, 2013
Religion reporting in spotlight at IPI international conference
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Leading journalists discussed the best way to cover contentious global religious issues at a major international congress held in the capital of Jordan.

June 21, 2013
Freedom for some: Muslims struggle for equal rights in Europe
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Although religious freedom is clearly guaranteed by constitutional laws, Muslim communities are still struggling to get equal rights in various countries in Europe.