“Reflecting on Faith in Myanmar Media” panel. From left, U Aung Naing, Hindu community andExecutive committee member at Religions for Peace; U Aye Lwin, Chief Convener at the Islamic Centre of Myanmar and Founding Member, of Religions for Peace; U Myint Swe, President of Ratana Metta Organization and Chairman of Religions for Peace; Dr Saw Hlaing Bwa, Christian leader and Professor at the Myanmar Institute of Theology; and moderator U Myint Kyaw, Secretary General of the Myanmar Journalist Network.

VIDEO: Journalists & Religious Leaders Reflect on Faith in Myanmar Media

YANGON, Myanmar (RNS) On Nov. 13, 2014, Religion Newswriters Foundation gathered a panel of journalists and faith leaders representing Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism to discuss how they see local media portrayals of faith in Myanmar.

The evening was part of Religion Newswriters' four-day training workshop, sponsored by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Speakers included:

U Aye Lwin - Chief Convener, The Islamic Centre of Myanmar; Founding Member, Religions for Peace

U Myint Swe - President, Ratana Metta Organization; Chairman, Religions for Peace

Dr Saw Hlaing Bwa - Professor, Myanmar Institute of Theology

U Aung Naing - Hindu community; Executive committee member, Religions for Peace

The panel was moderated by U Myint Kyaw, Secretary General, Myanmar Journalist Network.

During the week, Religion Newswriters trained 15 media professionals from across Myanmar on how best to report about religious freedom and conflict. The intensive four-day workshop includes classroom-based training sessions and guest speakers covering Myanmar's religious diversity, issues of hate speech, religious freedom, media freedom, conflict reporting and other topics.

The training also includes a half-day field trip to interview local religious communities at their houses of worship. Over the four days, participating editors, reporters, bloggers and other media professionals representing print, radio, television and online outlets in Myanmar wrote and produced stories demonstrating best reporting practices learned during the trainings.

Some of these stories were published in the participants' own outlets and by Religion News Service's 100+ global media partners.

For more information on the trainings: http://religionnews.com/2...

To read the journalists' stories: https://religionnews.com/series/re...

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