As he marks his third anniversary on the job, Pope Francis is providing encouragement, renewed optimism and a new energy to many of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. It is an appeal that extends beyond Catholics as the humble leader addresses issues from the refugee crisis to the environment. But can one person, even someone as charismatic as Francis, bring about lasting change?
Lifting up the virtue of humility may seem anachronistic in an age that extols self-adulation. But for Tomas Halik, a Czech priest and philosopher who won the 2014 Templeton Prize, the willingness of religious and secular individuals to engage in dialogue and learn from one another is essential to a civil society. “We must learn to share public space,” Halik declares.
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.
Recent events such as the release of a crude anti-Islamic film made by extremists was associated with violent actions by extremists in other parts of the world shows how issues relating to faith can cross borders with startling speed and emphasizes the importance of the IARJ.
Please join your colleagues in the joyous task of spreading the news about the world’s first international body of religion journalists providing editors, reporters and analysts with the tools, resources and support to promote accurate, fair and balanced reporting on religion worldwide. Press releases in Arabic, Catalan , English, French, Hebrew, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili and Turkish are available for media outlets and journalism associations in your nation announcing the IARJ. Celebrate this truly international body of 400 journalists from some 90 nations.
“International Coverage of Gender, Health, Education and Religion,” a six-week seminar offered by the International Center for Journalists from September 24 to November 2, will examine effective ways of reporting on gender, health, education and religion.
Welcome to the International Association of Religion Journalists, truly the first global organization of professionals covering religion. We are an international network of writers, broadcast journalists, bloggers, editors and photographers from different countries of all continents, eager to promote excellence in the coverage of religion and spirituality worldwide.
A beacon of independent reporting amid the violent conflict in Nigeria, Prince Charles Dickson is widely picked up in media outlets throughout the region that can count on his informed voice providing objective coverage of religion. South African journalist Yazeed Kamaldien asks Dickson about his experiences in religion journalism.
Senior Algerian journalist Larbi Megari tells why the International Association of Journalists meets a critical need in our global society.
“One quick look at what is happening across the world in terms of conflicts and violence will encourage us to put hands in hands in order to work towards improving our coverage of religion matters, and make this coverage more professional and ethical.”