A day before IPI World Congress 2014 officially started, IPI in collaboration with the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue organised a one-day working meeting to get journalists and media experts to discuss pressing issues regarding the way religion is covered in the media.
There is a perception among many religious leaders that religious communities and religious beliefs are misrepresented in the news media and online so … what do the experts have to say? Watch our video report of the meeting to know more!
Covering religion has become a difficult and sensitive topic in journalism. KAICIID Dialogue tackled the main issues that journalists face in countries such as Pakistan, Nigeria, Sudan, Egypt, and many more.
The participants gathered in three teams where they analyzed an article from The Christian Post about Muslims and Christians.
The teams concluded that journalists need to avoid labeling a person from his religious affiliation and instead use his title. Furthurmore, when writing an article, the journalists need to include more than two varied credible sources.
The workshop also discussed the newsrooms vital role in governing it’s journalists. Aidan White, Director of Ethical Journalism Network, said, “good coverage of religious affairs requires well-informed, open-minded journalists and editors” regardless of their personal beliefs.