Since 2014 I’ve been working to improve media coverage of religion and LGBTQI+ rights across Sub-Saharan Africa and globally. With local support, I’ve trained hundreds of journalists from more than 50 countries. At regional summits in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Kenya, I’ve trained activists and faith leaders how to best engage local media. My regional reporting guides are here and below. They include databases and source guides to assist journalists as they report on LGBTQI+ issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. An archive of trainee stories that have emerged from the workshops, all of which I edited, is here.
In 2017, we brought trainees from our 2016 Cape Town workshop to the U.S. for panels on reporting challenges and opportunities faced when covering religion and LGBTQI+ issues across Sub-Saharan Africa. The video from our flagship panel at the National Endowment for Democracy in DC is available here and below.
In November 2014, I 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.
I served as Contributing Editor for the Second Edition of Religion News Association’s Reporting on Religion Primer (free download).
See my reporting guide on Covering and Avoiding Religious Hate Speech.
Watch Moderating Religious Hatred Online, a September 2014 Google Hangout panel I 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.