In early 2012, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) launched the world’s first global association of journalists who cover religious issues. The International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) aims to offer collegial forums for dialogue and cooperation, online, in-person training, and a wealth of resources and data to promote better coverage of religious issues.
The IARJ is partnering with the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) on this project.
The International Association of Religion Journalists will offer journalists:
- 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.
- A comprehensive website, complete with an international directory of journalists covering religion, that offers a place to learn from one another and 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.
- Courses, dialogues and online forums enabling journalists to discuss contemporary issues in international religion journalism, and share best practices for coverage.
- News of the latest job and fellowship opportunities related to international coverage of religion.