Online Courses

International Coverage of Gender, Health, Education and Religion

September 24, 2012 - November 2, 2012

This course brought together international journalists to critically examine the portrayal of women in religion, and explore related issues of health and education. Expanding media understanding of the reality of the breadth and diversity of the role of women in religion, and opening up their vistas to the critical role religion plays in shaping health and education policies, can have a profound social impact on nations throughout the world.

Coverage of Religion and Global Politics

January 7, 2013 - February 15, 2013

Over six weeks, participants examined the relationship of religion and politics, considered various cases across the globe, where religion has played a significant role in local, regional or global politics and how they have been covered by the news media. Participants discussed the increased role that religion plays in some nations and in communities internationally, and analyzed the approaches used by reporters in explaining the role religious leaders and groups play in politics. The group discussed the role of language, images and scenarios in reporting on religion and politics, pondering questions such as: How do we avoid stereotypes? How do we provide greater context and analysis? Participants shared insights across borders about the roles that journalists play in covering stories linking religion and politics and looked at the possibilities for creating partnerships on reporting projects.

Instructors organized two online chats during the course with the following speakers:

Endy Bayuni, from Jakarta, is a senior editor of the English-language The Jakarta Post, who also served as the Indonesian correspondent for Reuters and Agence France-Presse. His commentaries have been published by The New York Times, the Foreign Policy Online Magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. He is a founding board member of the IARJ.

Daoud Kuttab is a Palestinian journalist and teacher, who has organized community radio stations in Jordan and six other Arab countries. He has taught journalism at Princeton University, at al Quds in Jerusalem and at the University of Jordan in Amman. He has also taught online courses for ICFJ.