Program to train religion communicators

By Staff on October 26, 2015


Communication and religion today are intertwined. Photo: Chad Kainz via Wikimedia Commons.

The Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) and the Religion Communicators Council (RCC) announced they are offering a joint training program for young leaders who are committed to religion reporting or religious communication, to fostering religious literacy and to recognizing religious pluralism. 

Those selected will be Handa Fellows in Interreligious Communication and the program is generously supported by the International Shinto Foundation, according to RNA and RCC.

Each organization will offer training, mentorships and special opportunities for a cohort of up to 12 program fellows, for a potential total of 24 fellows.

Between November 2015 and October 2016, Handa Fellows will:

  • Commit to a one-year program of study and reflection,
  • Receive a program orientation and organization-specific cohort formation experience,
  • Receive scholarships for and attend either the 2016 RNA or RCC annual convention,
  • Be paired with a seasoned mentor from their professional association,
  • Participate in a series of six specialized webinars and four teleconferences,
  • Get the opportunity to attend an optional overseas training event as early as December 2015,
  • Consider fostering greater religious literacy and pluralism in their work.

Fellows must be 18–35 years old and either college students preparing for careers in religion reporting or religious communication, or be professionals early in the same career path. Applicants should carefully review program requirements found online at the RCC website here and the RNA website here, and complete the online application.

The application deadline is Nov. 6, 2015. Fellows will be announced Nov. 10.

The Religion Communicators Council, founded in 1929, is an interfaith association of religion communicators who work in print and electronic communication, marketing and in public relations. RCC was founded in 1929.

Religion Newswriters Association, founded in 1949, and its nonprofit arm, Religion Newswriters Foundation, are principally compromised of professionals who work for mainstream news outlets. RNA encourages coverage of religion that is accurate, balanced, civil and fair.

The fellowships are named after global humanitarian Dr. Haruhisa Handa. 

By Staff| October 26, 2015
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