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Reporting Belief #RB17

In November 2016, we brought together journalists and representatives from the spectrum of beliefs and ideology in Wales for a day’s workshop on religious literacy and the reporting of belief – When Religion Makes the News.

In May 2017, we organised a follow-up event hosted by BBC Wales that featured a joint session and networking lunch for journalists and belief groups to allow more time for discussion and interaction.

Journalists: 10am till 2pm

Belief groups: 11.30am till 4pm

There was a separate workshop for journalists in the morning (see speakers below) and in the afternoon, our partners The Centre for Community Journalism (C4CJ) delivered a media and social media training session for belief group representatives.


Running order:

10.00am:      Journalists arrive: tea/coffee

10.15am        Journalists only session:

                       Muslim communities – connecting with the grassroots

11.30am:        Faith group media reps arrive. Networking Break

12.00              Dr Michael Munnik, Cardiff University chairs discussion

1pm                Networking lunch. Journalists leave at 2pm

2-4pm            Belief groups only:

                      Media & social media training session by C4CJ



10.15 till 11.30: Journalists-only session

Muslim communities: connecting with the grassroots

Three BBC journalists from different backgrounds gave their tips for making connections at grassroots level – whatever your gender, ethnicity, religion or language skills.

Sajid Iqbal is a senior broadcast journalist with BBC News in London.  Born in Pakistan, he became a reporter for the country’s leading English language newspaper Dawn before moving in 2001 to the BBC Urdu service in London.  In 2016 he carried out the investigative journalism behind a BBC Radio 4 series, The Deobandis, about Britain’s largest mosque network.   He now works as a UK community affairs specialist for BBC Newsgathering.  He is also a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

Yasminara Khan is a journalist at BBC Newsnight where she produces reactive discussions and interviews for the nightly programme.  She also spends much of her time investigating stories about issues affecting British Asian women.  In 2016, she carried out the investigative journalism behind two reports on how the South Asian male kinship system had been used within the Labour Party to sabotage attempts by some British Asian women to obtain political office.   In 2015 she investigated a story about “slave wives” – women from India who were being kept as domestic slaves by their British Asian husbands.  Her work won the TV Report of the Year at the Asian Media Awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Innes Bowen is the author of Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam, a book about the networks behind the UK’s mosques.  She wrote the book while working as a producer and editor of BBC Radio 4 current affairs programmes such as Analysis and More or Less. Innes is in charge of investigations at BBC Newsnight.


2pm – 4pm: Belief groups-only session

Media and Social Media training

Emma Meese and Matthew Abbott from the Centre for Community Journalism at Cardiff University gave an inside view of the newsroom, how it works and how media representatives from the belief communities can best engage with the media. The session also covered the use of social media for engagement with stakeholders & the media and writing an effective press release that will help get coverage for your organisation.

We were able to offer this event free of charge thanks to our funding from Welsh Government, the BBC hosting and providing lunch and C4CJ providing the afternoon training session.

Course Trainer


Anna Wynn Roberts

With a background in video journalism Anna was an early proponent of multi-skilling in the early 1990s, covering stories in Kosovo, North Korea, Afghanistan, Russia, Somalia and many other countries, including the UK. For five years she worked as a freelance director-camerawoman making documentaries for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and S4C. Most recently she was Head of Training at the Thomson Foundation in Cardiff.

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