Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) and Religion News Service (RNS) are pleased to announce that we have accepted four journalists for the inaugural IFYC/RNS Religion Journalism Fellowship. They are Diane Kuzman; Sara Badilini; Tasmiha Khan; and Camille Daniels.
“We are excited to welcome a new generation of storytellers exploring religious diversity and interfaith cooperation,” says Eboo Patel, founder and president of IFYC. “Religion in America is a wonderfully complex and constantly evolving landscape, and through this fellowship we are eager to bring new perspectives into the stories that connect us.”
This fellowship aims to sustain the proud tradition of religion news journalism by offering opportunities for journalists deepen their understanding of religious expression in individual lives and civic life, and to develop skills specific to covering religion, belief, faith, and spirituality. Over the nine month curriculum, the journalists will dive deeply into the world of religion news through a series of mentorships with senior journalists, workshops, journalist panels, and tutoring on critical resources.
All stories will be planned and edited by RNS and will be co-published on RNS and IFYC websites and carried by RNS’s partner, the Associated Press.
“We’re very happy to be working with IFYC to foster these young journalists’ interest in religion reporting,” says Paul O’Donnell, Editor-in-Chief of Religion News Service. “Whether or not they continue to report exclusively on faith matters, we hope that their experience in the fellowship program will help them see and execute stories that capture the crucial role faith plays in the news and our world.”
The fellowship will begin in September 2021 and will last through May 2022. It marks the first year of what is hoped to be a recurring fellowship.
IFYC is a national nonprofit that equips the next generation of citizens and professionals with the knowledge and skills needed for leadership in a religiously diverse world. Partnering with civic groups, higher education institutions, public health and business, IFYC is dedicated to making interfaith cooperation the norm and building Interfaith America in the 21st century.
Religion News Service (RNS) is an independent, nonprofit and award-winning source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and ethics, reported by a staff of professional journalists. Founded in 1934, RNS seeks to inform readers with objective reporting and insightful commentary, and is relied upon by secular and faith-based news organizations in a number of countries.
Diana Kruzman is a freelance reporter whose work focuses on the intersection of the environment, religion and urbanism. She is particularly interested in how climate change impacts religious communities around the world as well as the role of religion in secular institutions. She has written for Undark, Earther, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Vice and the GroundTruth Project.
Sara Badilini is an Italian journalist based in New York. As a journalist Badilini also covers religion, climate change and human rights. Previously, she worked as a local reporter and a freelancer. She has a Master’s degree in international law from the University of Trento and a Master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School.
Tasmiha Khan is a freelance writer from the Midwest. She champions marginalized communities, particularly the Muslim American population, including women and children. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, Forbes, The Daily Beast, Vox, and VICE, among others. Khan has been featured in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Hartford Courant, Southtown Star, and ABC News. Khan has also been named a 2020-2021 Higher Media Education Fellow among other awards.
Camille Daniels is a journalist based in Queens, New York, and a graduate from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications graduate program at Syracuse University. Daniels majored in Magazine, Newspaper, and Online Journalism, and has worked as a contributing columnist for Daily Orange, writing on national politics, graduate student life, and local issues in Syracuse.
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