News from our members around the world in a time of coronavirus

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The COVID-19 pandemic is posing new challenges to journalists covering faith and religion. In early April, we invited our IARJ members covering this unprecedented story to share their holiday-related religion stories. We continue to receive news reports related to the impact of COVID-19 in different regions of the world—and we are passing along these fascinating reports by our members.

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Spotlight on Deepa Bharath

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In this interview in our Journalism Spotlight series, religion reporter Deepa Bharath of the Orange County Register (Southern California News Group) discusses the challenges of covering faith and religion in her part of the world.

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Ideas for Journalists: Reporting on Faith in a Time of Coronavirus

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Many of us at the IARJ are directly affected by the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic. We are publishing this sample of spiritual wisdom we have collected from around the world as a way to encourage all journalists to report on this vital theme in the crisis. At their best, religious leaders around the world can inspire billions of families to cope with the anxiety and to remain compassionate toward their neighbors.

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Faith in a Time of Coronavirus

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Journalists around the world are scrambling to follow the spread of COVID 19, also known as Coronavirus. To encourage other religion journalists to report on the impact, Elisa Di Bendetto writes: “I live in the Veneto region of Italy, about 120 km from the locked down town of Vo’ Euganeo and 60 km from the nearest cases, and I can report first-hand that confirmed cases of the virus dramatically change life for people of faith.”

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International Jury of the Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award announced

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The IARJ and Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII (FSCIRE) announced the names of the seven journalists serving as members of the international jury of the 1st Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award. The winner will be presented at the 2020 annual conference of the European Academy of Religion (EuARe), next June. Journalists across Europe and around the Mediterranean basin can submit their works by February 28, 2020.

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As ‘Decade of Action on Healthy Ageing’ begins, 2 IARJ co-founders join a global forum in Rome

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The IARJ’s Elisa Di Benedetto reports on a landmark conference in Rome that brought together 250 religious leaders, healthcare experts and scholars from 35 countries to develop a better understanding of the role religion can play in healthy aging. Two IARJ co-founders participated: Elisa and Maria Paz Lopez. This issue can be a rich source of stories for religion writers around the world.

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IARJ Founding Members Contribute to Global Discussion on Freedom of Religion and Human Dignity

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How can religions, media, international organizations and human rights advocates work together to address religious persecution? The IARJ’s Elisa Di Benedetto reports on the involvement of IARJ founding members at a gathering of more than 100 delegates from nearly 50 countries for the 26th Annual Law and Religion Symposium under the theme: Human Dignity and Religious Freedom at Brigham Young University.

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View ARDA and IARJ public forum in Warsaw on ‘The tangled web of religion, history and politics in Eastern Europe’

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At our Warsaw conference, a public forum for experts on religion in Eastern Europe was sponsored by the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA). This session, titled “From Solidarity forward: The tangled web of religion, history and politics in Eastern Europe,” took place at the University of Warsaw Faculty of Journalism, and was streamed online.

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