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Thursday, March 24 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Don't Call It a Cult: Reporting on Fundamentalism, Orthodoxy, and New Religious Movements

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America has a renewed interest in religious groups that exist outside of the mainstream, and dozens of new documentaries, podcasts, and even reality TV shows are devoted to the topic. But what are best practices for reporting thoughtfully, carefully, and sensitively on religious groups that are new, small, or have a vastly different theology than most of your audience? How can you work to make sure your coverage is both investigative and sensitive? This panel will seek to answer these questions, and more.

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Sarah Ventre

Audio Journalist, Independent
Sarah Ventre is an award-winning audio journalist best known for her work as host of Unfinished: Short Creek, a podcast about a fundamentalist Mormon community on the Utah-Arizona border named one of the best podcasts of 2020 by The New Yorker and The Atlantic. Her reporting in t... Read More →

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Anuttama Dasa

Global Director of Communications, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
Anuttama Dasa is the Global Director of Communications for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a Vaishnava (or monotheistic) Hindu tradition. ISKCON members practice bhakti, the yoga of devotion, based on the Bhagavad-gita and the teachings of Sri Caitanya... Read More →
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Melissa Weisz

Creator & Host, The Forbidden Apple podcast
Melissa Weisz grew up in a Hasidic Jewish community in Boro Park, Brooklyn. She is no longer religiously Hasidic, but has a beautiful nuanced relationship with her community, as well as Hasidism. She is an actor, producer, and writer, writing and performing in both English and Yiddish... Read More →
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Shirlee Draper

Director of Operations, Cherish Families
Shirlee Draper was born and raised in “Short Creek” (Hildale, Utah/Colorado City, Arizona) within the fundamentalist polygamous sect now known as FLDS. She was “placed” in an arranged marriage and had four children, two of whom have special needs. After the rise of Warren... Read More →

Thursday March 24, 2022 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
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