Since 2014 we’ve worked to improve media coverage of religion and LGBTQI+ rights in Sub-Saharan Africa and around the world. With local support, we’ve trained hundreds of journalists from 30+ Sub-Saharan countries. Separately, at regional summits and online, we’ve worked with activists and affirming faith leaders to engage with traditional and social media and develop their own media advocacy strategies.
Our handbook “Covering Sexual and Gender Minorities & Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Reporting Guide for Journalists (2nd Edition)” updates our original guide and includes brand new sections on SSOGIE reporting, religion reporting, journalist safety and wellness, and source safety and digital security.
Our handbook “Investigating Anti-LGBTQI+ Hate: A Reporting Guide for Journalists” features relevant background, tips, and sources to help journalists investigate and report on how faith groups and NGOs foment anti-LGBTQI+ hatred in the U.S. and abroad.
Our handbook “Covering Sexual and Gender Minorities & Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Reporting Guide for Journalists (1st Edition)” includes a resource and source guide to assist journalists as they report on these sensitive topics. An archive of trainee stories that have emerged from the workshops is available in the guide, here, and here.
In 2017, we brought trainees from our 2016 Cape Town workshop to the U.S. for panels on reporting challenges and opportunities they face when covering religion and LGBTQI+ issues across Sub-Saharan Africa. The video from our flagship panel at the National Endowment for Democracy in D.C. is available here and below.
In November 2014, we organized and led a week-long journalism training workshop in Yangon with 15 journalists from across Myanmar aimed at improving reporting coverage of religious freedom and conflict. A summary of the training is available here. A list of resources used during the training is here.
We co-authored the Second Edition of Religion News Association’s Reporting on Religion Primer (free download).
See our reporting guide on Covering and Avoiding Religious Hate Speech, made possible with support from Google.
Watch Moderating Religious Hatred Online, a September 2014 Google Hangout panel we hosted and moderated featuring media professionals from across the world debating and discussing how best to moderate online comments when religious hatred and intolerance come into play.