The Knight Program in Media and Religion presents a lunchtime forum with Charles Sennott, the executive editor of GlobalPost, on October 10, 2013. Sennott will discuss on-the-ground reporting in the Middle East. The event will take place at noon at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Room 207. Please RSVP by Monday, October 7 to email@example.com.
The British Council announced today that it has awarded five grants as part of its Bridging Voices program, which supports transatlantic academic and policy dialogues on religion and international affairs.
The five grantees are British Muslims for Secular Democracy, Muslims for Progressive Values, Danish Institute for Study Abroad for “Let’s talk (and walking the walk)”; City University, London and George Mason University for “The Role of Religion in Foreign Policy and Societal Transformation: Bridging Scholarship and Policymaking”; Royal Holloway (University of London), Oxford University, Georgia State University, The Carter Center and World Affairs Council of Atlanta for “Religion, Conflict Resolution and Digital Media in the Greater Muslim World: Dialogue among Policy Makers and Researchers”; School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) and Brandeis University for “Gender, Religion and Equality in Public Life: Perspectives from the United States and United Kingdom”; and University of Kent, Tufts University, and University of Groningen for “Addressing the Asylum Crisis: Postsecular Contributions to Rethinking Protection in Global Politics.”
Bridging Voices is supported by a $450,000 award from the Henry R. Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs. Find out more about the project here: http://usa.britishcouncil.org/society/bridging-voices
The British Council and the Friends of the British Council are accepting applications for three-year grants for Transatlantic Dialogues on Religion and International Affairs. The grants are part of Bridging Voices, a new initiative that will support transatlantic academic and policy dialogues on issues relating to religion and international affairs.
Five grants will be awarded annually to groups of institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. The grants will fund the organization of two academic and policy dialogues over a period of one year — one in the United States and the other in the United Kingdom or elsewhere in Europe.
Through these dialogues, Bridging Voices will bring together transatlantic academics and policymakers to share their expertise on topics related to religion and international affairs. Participants will use these dialogues to exchange knowledge and develop a more accurate and nuanced understanding of religion and its role in international relations.
These dialogues will also include engagement with the media and the general public.
Bridging Voices is supported with a grant from the Henry Luce Initiative on Religion and International Affairs.
The deadline for applications is June 14, 2013. More information about the program, eligibility and the call for applications can be found on the British Council website.
The International Reporting Project announced this month that it is accepting applications for fellowships for U.S. journalists to report on religion internationally. Up to five grants to qualified journalists will be awarded this fall to support three-week long reporting trips to cover stories that deal with the role of religion in the subject country. In addition to roundtrip international airfare, the stipend will include a lump sum of $5,000 for associated expenses. The U.S. Religion Fellowship is supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.
Applicants should propose both long- and short-form reports in a variety of media, such as online, print, radio, television, blogs and v-logs, and social media. All subjects dealing with the role of religion in the applicant’s country will be eligible.
The deadline for applications is June 28, 2013. The application form is available here.
Journalist G. Jeffrey MacDonald was awarded a Wilbur Award this week by the Religion Communicators Council for his report, “No Child Left Alone” for the Christian Science Monitor. The Wilbur Award honors excellence by individuals in secular media—print and online journalism, book publishing, broadcasting, and motion pictures—in communicating religious issues, values and themes during 2012.
The article was one in a series MacDonald published on the fate of volunteer mentoring programs for the 2.7 million children of inmates once federal funding for the program was cut. MacDonald’s reporting was funded with a 2011 Knight Grant for Reporting on Religion and American Public Life. Read the rest of MacDonald’s reporting here.
The Knight Program in Media and Religion has again partnered with public radio station KPCC to report on religion — this time Diane Winston’s Specialized Journalism class is focusing on Catholicism. In 2010, Dr. Winston’s class contributed stories on Jews and Muslims in the Southland as well as in Israel and Palestine. In 2011, the class reported on Hindus and Muslims locally and in India. In addition to reporting on developments within the Catholic Church here in the Los Angeles area, this year the class will take a 10-day reporting trip to Ireland and Northern Ireland and send back their stories to KPCC.
Read about the KPCC’s partnership with the Knight Program here.
This month, GlobalPost launched “Belief,” a new blog focusing on the role of religion in shaping world events. “Belief” is part of GlobalPost and the Knight Program in Media and Religion’s new initiative to cover religion around the world, an effort made possible through the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation.
“It’s almost impossible to understand world events today without an appreciation for the role religion plays both on the diplomatic level and on the street,” said Diane Winston, the Knight Chair in Media and Religion at Annenberg. “People’s beliefs impel them to make war, seek peace, and give their lives in God’s name. When reporters treat religion as a subset of politics, they miss the heart, soul, and strategy behind the news.”
“Belief” will present regular insights into religious stories, trends and ideas from around the world, as well as the interplay between religious and secular beliefs. Read the blog at http://www.globalpost.com/globalpost-blogs/belief and follow it on Twitter @GPBelief.
What is the direction of the church, 50 years after Vatican II, and how do repoprters grapple with an institution that is eveolving to meet modern challenges even as it remains rooted in tradition?
Berry is an award-winning investigative reporter whose books include “Lead Us Not Into Temptation” (1992) and “Render Unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church (2011).
The event, co-sponsored by the Office of Religious Life, The Institute for Advance Catholic Studies and the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, takes place on Thursday, February 21 at noon at ASC 207. Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Jillian O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org by February 14.
Diane Winston’s Comm 426 class, “Religion, Media and Hollywood: Faith on TV,” has launched SpiritualiTV, a blog that looks at how popular television programs address — both directly and indirectly — religion, ethics and spirituality. At SpiritualiTV, students will blog about their favorite shows — addressing the themes above and exploring how spirituality figures into their viewing experiences.
View the blog and join the conversation here: http://spiritualitv.wordpress.com/
“Does Digital Communication Encourage or Inhibit Spiritual Progress?” asks Diane Winston, Knight Chair in Media and Religion, for the John Templeton Foundation publication Big Questions Online.
“Podcasts, blogging, videostreaming provide unprecedented opportunities for laypeople to study and learn,” writes Winston. “But that very accessibility enables what [Sister Catherine] Wybourne calls a ‘lowest-common-denominator eclecticism,’ or what sociologists dub a ‘cafeteria-style’ approach to religion. The ability to pick and choose religious teachings without reference to religious authority or community norms can pique consumerist tendencies at odds with the more particular objectives of the tradition itself.”
Big Questions Online invites leading thinkers to write on questions of human purpose and ultimate reality and, in turn, invites readers to join in the discussion with authors by responding to these essays online. Share your thoughts by visiting Big Questions Online.