Apr 18 [ABC News]
Apr 9 [Huffington Post]
Apr 16 [Huffington Post, France]
March 26 [International Center for Journalists]
Apr 1 [Jerusalem Post]
Apr 12 [Huffington Post]
Apr 7 [VDL Lebanon News]
Was guest in “youth parliament” (number one radio show in Lebanon) to talk about Covering Religious Conflicts, and how journalists cover the religious conflicts in Lebanon and Arab world. He also talked about the IARJ.
Apr 7 [Weekend Argus]
March 12 [Vancouver Sun]
March 31 [Vancouver Sun]
Comments from Karen Armstrong, via Doug
Possible headline: Karen Armstrong says creation of new global association of religion journalists is “terrific”
One of the world’s most popular authors of books about global religions heartily endorses the creation of the International Association of Religion Journalists.
Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God and Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, says it’s “crucial” for the world’s religion journalists to promote ethical coverage of the often-divisive and controversial subject.
“One of the problems we have is the media who only present very one-sided views of certain religious activities,” said Armstrong, the British author of best-selling books about Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, the city of Jerusalem and religious fundamentalism.
“Islam is the obvious example. We hear all about the negative that people are saying. But we don’t have a balance of the positive. All too many platitudes that people assume about Islam – that it’s basically opposed to modernity, that it’s inherently violent. This is all not true.”
Armstrong, who was in Vancouver, Canada, as part of a global tour to promote the “Charter of Compassion,” said it’s essential for journalists who write about religion to help reduce suspicion between members of different worldviews.
“So it’s terrific to have journalists meet together to start to develop an ethic about how religion is reported. It’s absolutely terrific.”