Reporting on Sexual and Gender Minorities & Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa

This reporting guide, written and edited by Brian Pellot, Religion News Foundation’s director of global strategy, stems from a November 2016 training in Cape Town, South Africa. Publication was made possible with funding from the Arcus Foundation and the Heinrich Böll Foundation under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. Download the full guide here (compressed […]

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Reporting on hate speech

In 2010, a Florida pastor with just a few dozen followers attracted international media coverage when he announced plans to burn copies of the Quran on the anniversary of 9/11. By taking the bait, media outlets became complicit in advancing his hate-filled agenda, making Terry Jones a household name in the U.S. and far beyond. […]

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Reporting on Islam

While 1 in five people practice Islam internationally, a Pew Research survey in 2010 found that about half of Americans are able to correctly identify the Quran and Ramadan as associated with Islam. Another Pew survey in 2007 revealed that 58 percent of Americans say they know little or nothing about Islam’s practices, and often, what they do know […]

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Reporting on Buddhism

Buddha comes from the Sanskrit language, meaning “awakened.” Simply put, the basic teachings of Buddhism are: first, to do no harm to any living being; second, to do good; and third, to purify the mind from impurity. Buddhist religious practice is the formal discipline of sitting meditation and mindfulness in everyday life. Today .7 percent […]

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Reporting on Catholicism

The Roman Catholic Church, established in the first century, is one of the oldest Christian traditions. One of the primary tenets of Catholicism is the belief in apostolic succession, which holds that the chosen successors of the Twelve Apostles have been granted spiritual authority passed down through the ages from Jesus Christ. This chain of […]

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Reporting On Orthodox Christianity

One challenge in writing about the Eastern Orthodox is the debate over numbers. A figure often cited is 3 million adherents in the U.S., with about 2 million in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 1 million in the Orthodox Church in America, and some tens of thousands in the other 20 major Eastern Orthodox churches. In a […]

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Reporting on Judaism

Judaism is among the world’s oldest religions, emerging in the Middle East more than 4,000 years ago. Like most world religions, it is not frozen in form but is constantly affected by the times in which its followers live. This resource provides journalists with background information on Judaism and a brief guide to covering Jews in […]

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Reporting on Hinduism

With nearly one billion followers, Hinduism is the third-largest organized religion in the world behind Christianity and Islam.  Most Hindus are in India, but there is a growing population in the United States. Hindus often land in news reports when they are the object of a hate crime or act of discrimination or are targeted […]

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