D.C. Chapter hears from NAB and NABEF on new Reporting on Religion project

Marcellus Alexander presenting at the meeting.

(Photo by Cherilyn Crowe)

The National Association of Broadcasters and the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation are spearheading an initiative to provide a toolkit for local television and radio stations when they report on religion. The toolkit is also being made available to university journalism schools across the country. At the June meeting of the D.C. Chapter of the Religion Communicators Council, the leaders of NAB and NABEF shared the vision for the project and the progress they have made.

Marcellus Alexander, president of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation, spoke with the DC chapter about the foundation’s ongoing Awareness in Reporting project, which provides toolkits to help newsrooms improve their coverage of sensitive topics. After a successful rollout of the Reporting on Race resources, the next project will provide guidance and resources for Reporting on Religion.

The NAB and NABEF are working with a diverse group of people – representing different religious backgrounds and journalism expertise – as they work toward creating an online and searchable resource that will be accessible to any local broadcast newsroom. The leaders solicited feedback from the D.C. chapter on their progress so far, and they are continuing the work of finding common ground and guidance that will increase religious literacy for reporters and others.

For more information, visit the Awareness in Reporting website.

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