Since 2014, with support from the Arcus Foundation and Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southern Africa, I’ve been working to improve media coverage of religion and LGBTQI+ rights across Sub-Saharan Africa. With local support, we’ve trained more than 150 journalists from 30 Sub-Saharan countries. Separately, at regional summits in Nairobi and Joburg, I’ve trained inclusive and affirming faith leaders how to best engage local media. My reporting guide is here and below. It includes a living database and source guide to assist journalists as they report on LGBTQI+ issues in Sub-Saharan Africa. An archive of trainee stories that have emerged from the workshops 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, available below.
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.