In our second profile of our IARJ Regional Representatives, Rachel Kohn (our representative for Australasia) reports on some of the milestones in her own career of covering religion around the world—starting with the challenge of covering the Centennial of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1993. We also share links to follow Rachel’s work, especially her long-running series of broadcasts, The Spirit of Things.
In a series of profiles of the IARJ’s Regional Representatives, Peggy Fletcher Stack (our representative for the United States) describes the importance of this specialty in journalism and shares links to some of her own recent news stories. Reporting on religion “touches all the important topics—values, ethics, communities, rituals, philosophical underpinnings, politics, meaning. It has some of the most compelling narratives as well as the richest ironies and an extraordinary cast of characters.”
Reina Lewis examines changing styles and expectations about Muslim women’s fashions. Reina is Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. She is a leading researcher and writer on fashion and faith.
The IARJ not only fully complies with the EU’s new data protection law—we welcome it. In this new column, we explain why journalists around the world should join us in welcoming these new protections. We also explain how we use data and how we follow the new regulations.
Two of IARJ’s most active members, Executive Director Endy Bayuni from Indonesia and Waqar Gillani from Pakistan, met with journalists from the tiny Asian nation of the Maldives in a peer-to-peer seminar sponsored by the German nonprofit Media in Cooperation and Transition to help improve best practices in covering religion in the news.
Here is a six-minute video of IARJ conference participants from 15 countries visiting one of Indonesia’s distinctive Muslim boarding schools on the final day of our 2017 Jakarta conference. The video shows some of the school’s talented students and illustrates the importance of the visit to Indonesian leaders. Also included, mid-way through the video, are statements from IARJ leaders Douglas Todd and Endy Bayuni.
St. Nicholas is one of the world’s most popular Christian saints and some Christians are promoting celebration of his December feast day as an alternative to the overly commercialized Santa Claus at Christmas. IARJ members David Crumm and Stephanie Fenton talk with St. Nicholas expert Carol Myers to provide journalists helpful tips for covering this festive—and also complex and sometimes controversial—religious observance.
Two veteran journalists—U.S.-based David Crumm and Germany-based Maria-Paz Lopez—provide helpful tips to journalists planning to cover the 500th anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation. That year begins October 31, 2016, and runs through October 31, 2017. The anniversary involves congregations around the world. In Europe, Pope Francis and some Protestant leaders are planning to commemorate this event together. This column also includes helpful Web links for journalists.