Since 2014, with support from the Arcus Foundation and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa, 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 more than 150 journalists from 30 Sub-Saharan countries. Separately, at regional summits in Nairobi, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, we’ve trained inclusive and affirming faith leaders how best to engage with traditional and social media.
Our handbook “Covering Sexual and Gender Minorities & Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Reporting Guide for Journalists” is here and below. It 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 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, available below.
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.