IARJ promotes global religion journalism at Columbia, Yale, Instituto Cervantes

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IARJ at Yale Divinity School: Rachael Kohn, Pedro Brieger, David Briggs, and Nayan Chanda, shared a panel moderated by Sallama Shaker, professor of Middle East & Islamic Studies at Yale.

NEW YORK — 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.

Four members of the IARJ’s board, which held its first meeting in Washington and New York, explored the topic of “Religion and Politics Around the World” at a seminar Nov. 14 at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

A panel discussion in Columbia University

The panel (pictured left) featured IARJ Chair Maria-Paz Lopez, senior religion writer at La Vanguardia in Barcelona, Spain; Hani Hazaimeh, senior political analyst and award-winning journalist for The Jordan Times in Amman; Yazeed Kamaldien, a reporter and photojournalist from Cape Town, South Africa; and Douglas Todd, award-winning religion writer for The Vancouver Sun in Canada. Columbia Professor Ari Goldman, a longtime religion writer for The New York Times, moderated the conversation.

The next day, in a seminar at Yale Divinity School, in New Haven, Conn., IARJ members joined Yale scholars in a dialogue on “Faith Across Oceans: Leading international journalists talk about the religion beat.”

The panelists were IARJ Vice-Chair Rachael Kohn, the producer and presenter of The Spirit of Things on ABC Radio National in Australia; board member Pedro Brieger, an award-winning print and broadcast journalist and sociologist from Argentina; IARJ Executive Director David Briggs, former Associated Press religion writer; and Nayan Chanda, editor of YaleGlobal Online and the former editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review. Sallama Shaker, professor of Middle East & Islamic Studies at Yale, was the moderator.

On Nov. 16, López and Brieger discussed “Periodismo y religión en el mundo hispano / Journalism and Religion in the Hispanic World” at the Instituto Cervantes in New York.

Check back soon for more IARJ events!