Varsity Seeks Collaborators on Reporting Religions Project

rie Loskota, Executive Director, CRCC
rie Loskota, Executive Director, CRCC

The University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) is building a team of journalists to profile 100 “Spiritual Exemplars” around the world over the course of the next two and a half years.

The profiles are part of an academic project studying extraordinary people whose spirituality inspires them do good in the world.

A team of about a dozen English-speaking journalists, based in any part of the world, will publish in-depth articles, videos and audio stories about such figures with outside media organization and on CRCC’s project home page.

CRCC aims to support religion reporting and solutions-oriented journalism about the people addressing humanity’s greatest challenges. Journalists are skilled interviewers, critical observers and expert storytellers.

Through preliminary research, CRCC has found that Spiritual Exemplars often have rich; compelling stories, full of trauma, doubts or even a dark side, as well as hope. CRCC will work with journalists who are interested in deep reporting and complex storylines.

Journalists who work in print, online, audio and video may apply to complete one or more “spiritual exemplar” profiles. Journalists may be freelancers or on staff, as long as they have the support of their supervisor/editorial staff to devote time to this project.

While young journalists are encouraged to apply, professional publishing experience is required. Journalists should have a proven ability to report complex stories and take useable photographs.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong interest in religion reporting, but previous experience is not required. International reporting experience is a plus, but not required. Journalists may be based anywhere in the world, but must be fluent in English.

CRCC will pay a $5,000 stipend for each profile and cover reasonable travel and reporting expenses.

Applications close on March 15, 2019

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