Religious Journalism Award

“The International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) is a global network of journalists promoting excellence in the coverage of religion and spirituality. It provides services and resources to strengthen and support the work of its members. It engages media leaders, educational institutions and communities on the importance of accurate, balanced, and ethical religion coverage to foster understanding.”

I would like to draw your attention to a new journalism award.

The IARJ together with the Italian institute Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII (FSCIRE), http://www.fscire.it/index.php/en/, within the framework of the European Academy of Religion https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/euare2020, have launched a new journalism award for journalists based in Europe and in the Mediterranean basin, the Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award, of which I am the coordinator.

The amount of the award, fully funded by the FSCIRE, is 2,500 euros. The deadline for submissions is 28th February 2020, and the works submitted must have been published between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019. An international jury of prominent journalists, which will be announced in a few weeks, will select the winner.

The goal of the award is to encourage the journalistic coverage of religion on the field, through work with a wide range of sources, portraying peace and conflict, dialogue and interfaith issues, and the most varied intersections of religion with politics, public life, culture and the arts, society and history, at local, regional or international level.

It is not necessary for applicants to be full-time religion reporters, as long as the story submitted has a relevant religion component.

Articles can be in any official language of Europe and the Mediterranean basin, but the submission must include a faithful translation in English or in French.

Here you can find a brief description of the award and the online entry form for submissions: https://www.theiarj.org/contest/

Here you can find the FAQs about the award: https://www.theiarj.org/frequently-asked-questions-piazza-grande-religion-journalism-award/

Here you can find the IARJ news story about the launching of the award in Bologna last March: https://www.theiarj.org/blog/2019/03/04/iarj-and-fscire-announce-new-piazza-grande-religion-journalism-award-for-european-and-mediterranean-journalists/

Thank you very much in advance.

Best wishes!

María-Paz López