THE MEDIA PROJECT CHALLENGES AND EQUIPS MAINSTREAM JOURNALISTS, EDITORS, JOURNALISM EDUCATORS AND MEDIA ANALYSTS IN ALL FACETS OF MEDIA TO COVER RELIGION AS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF PUBLIC LIFE IN ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD.
The Media Project is the only network of its kind, run by journalists for journalists worldwide.
We provide resources for and encourage an intellectually honest and critcal approach to subjects related to religion, ethics and values to enrich and deepen coverage of religion - regardless of the reporter's personal faith.
We also challenge Christian journalists working in non-religious media to develop a deeper and more integrated understanding of how they as people of faith can serve society through media.
MEMBERSHIP IN THE MEDIA PROJECT
The Media Project is a private, international, self-selected network of working journalists. Anyone wishing to join The Media Project must be earning at least half their income from an accredited non-religious news organization or journalism-education organization.
While The Media Project has no religious requirement for our members, most of them are Christians. New members must be recommended by a current member.
SERVICES AND PRODUCTS
The Media Project pursues its goals through networking and conferences, print, electronic and broadcast media and journalism-education efforts.
- Conferences: Since its founding in 1997, The Media Project has sponsored major international conferences in Hong Kong, London, Barcelona, Istanbul, Mexico City, along with dozens of smaller regional and national conferences. Past conferences focused on the importance of religious and press freedom, distinguishing fact from rumor, and the challenges of blasphemy and reporting.
- Electronic print/broadcast media: In addition to the content our worldwide network creates here at TheMediaProject.org, thousands of readers each month visit our award-winning blog GetReligion.org, whose working-journalist contributors provide daily analysis of the best and worst of religion coverage in the news.
- Publishing: Oxford University Press published Blind Spot: Why Journalists Don’t Get Religion (2008). Edited by Media Project members, the book analyzes significant news stories that were either missed or misunderstood because the role of religion was left out or mishandled.
- Education: The Project also supports the Washington Journalism Center, an undergraduate media-studies program in Washington, D.C. Also other workshops have offered academic credit for participants.
The Media Project is a California 501(c)3 non-profit and non-partisan educational and research organization.