Tips for Journalists on Covering Islam: Fresh Ideas You Can Use Today

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All journalists regularly covering religion around the world find themselves reporting on Islam and, in 2019, we encounter extreme voices—fueled by a rising tide of nationalism in response to global conflicts, migration and the plight of refugees. IN THIS COLUMN, you’ll find helpful resources you can use today—and a series of fresh ideas about ways you, too, could contribute to the global conversation in a helpful way.

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Tips for Journalists covering St. Nicholas, the ‘real’ Santa Claus

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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.

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Tips for Journalists Covering the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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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.

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Covering the Hajj, from the holy lands

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In September 2016, South Africa based journalist Yazeed Kamaldien reports on the Hajj, traveling to Madinah and Makkah in Saudi Arabia to follow the route of millions of Muslim pilgrims from around the world. In order to help journalists who are planning to cover this major religious event this year or in the future, Yazeed Kamaldien shares with the IARJ some helpful tips.

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The Church up close: Covering Catholicism in the Age of Francis

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Issues of faith in public life dominate world news, but religion is often misunderstood or ignored in media coverage. It’s understandable. The world’s religions are the result of hundreds of years of history, prayer and tradition, and this is not easy to reflect and to explain in newspaper, radio, TV or via new-media formats. Many journalists are seeking keys to unlock this complex beat that sparks enormous public interest.

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Covering Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv in Ujjain

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Covering large spiritual gatherings and religious events and reporting outside your native region carries many challenges. Among these is knowing how to handle yourself appropriately and improve your odds for getting the best story that you can. The IARJ is offering this occasional series on how to work in lands and cover events that you may not be familiar with. Journalist Bhavya Srivastava, the author of this report, is a founding member of the IARJ and a resident of India.

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