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Asia Pacific journalists train on religion reporting

Asia Pacific journalists train on religion reporting

Fourteen early career journalists from six Asia Pacific countries recently trained on reporting on religion and its role in public life globally.

The Media Project (TMP), a US non-profit, and the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) collaborated in organizing and conducting the Asia Pacific Journalism Institute (APJI), which was held on November 14-16 in Quezon City. Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung provided support.

APJI faculty included: Dr. Paul Marshall, author and editor of more than 16 books on religion and politics, including the award winning book Blind Spot: When Journalists Don’t Get Religion, Wilson Professor of Religious Freedom at Baylor University (Texas), and senior fellow at the Hudson Institute (Washington DC); Endy M. Bayuni, senior editor and former editor in chief of The Jakarta Post, co-founder and executive director of the International Association of Religion Journalists, and member of the Facebook Oversight Board; Vishal Arora, multimedia journalist and founder of NewsReel Asia based in India; and Melissa Harrison, interim executive director of TMP, digital executive-in-residence at Southern Methodist University (Texas), and broadcast journalist.

The 14 APJI fellows, who come from Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, were chosen from more than 100 applicants from 16 countries.

As part of the training program, the fellows will develop a religion story that will be published in ReligionUnplugged.com, a non-profit online news magazine funded by TMP.

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