The School of Interreligious Journalism

Lidiia Batig developed this initiative to equip journalists with skills and tools to cover interfaith issues and portray religion accurately in the media. Its goal was to promote dialogue and fight propaganda and fake news in the media. In the time of war and conflict in Ukraine, this project stood out as a greatly needed, innovative and timely initiative to consolidate the society in the times of crisis and unrest.

The project offered a series of 10 lectures to religious journalists and young professionals writing on religious themes in Ukraine. They also learned about the differences between religious and secular journalism–especially in moral and ethical terms. 

During the meetings, participants discussed problems and perspectives of religious journalism and different themes. Students held presentations and took part in round table discussions.

In recognition of this outstanding project, Lidiia received a prestigious “Intercultural Achievement Award 2018” from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria. This project was selected as an exemplar of innovation out of hundreds of other initiatives that were nominated from around the world.

  • 10 lectures conducted 
  • 8 speakers and lecturers from the Abrahamic communities engaged 
  • 50+ registrations with 40 full-time participants 
  • 5 video-recordings