CRGA launched its Journalism Fund on 23 November 2015. The Fund aims to start new conversations on the place of religion in today's world.
Often policy makers, as well as the general public, build perceptions of issues relating to religion through media reports. Given that the media outlets can only produce stories within news cycles and given that such stories often involve negative incidents of violence, conflict and tensions involving religious actors, most of what is being published tends to be negative. We often read reductionist reports about the role of religion in contemporary developments.
So many positive developments in Africa and the Middle East, as witnessed by journalists who live in the regions, are frequently ignored due to continuously shrinking editorial funds which seek to commission articles that prioritise the attention of readers. CRGA's Journalism Fund aims to reverse this trend and enable journalists, researchers and writers based in Africa and the Middle East to pursue and write opinion editorials and essays on the role played by religions and beliefs in today's world.
The vision is to enable new perspectives and challenge common perceptions on how religion impacts the world today. The articles should not airbrush difficulties or problems caused by religions, nor take any side in prescriptive arguments on what counts as the 'true expression' of a particular religion, but rather they should seek to advance the conversation to a more mature level.
The Fund is open to applications from any credible and established journalists, researchers and writers who live in Africa and the Middle East.