Reference Websites

The ARDA: The Association of Religion Data Archives
The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. With in-site tutorials, the site was created for journalists, scholars, educators, religious congregations and researchers alike. 

The iARJ: The International Association of Religion Journalists
In early 2012, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) launched the world’s first global association of journalists who cover religious issues. The International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) aims to offer collegial forums for dialogue and cooperation, online, in-person training, and a wealth of resources and data to promote better coverage of religious issues.

Religion in Public
Religion in Public is the product of collaborations between a group of scholars interested in questions about how religion and public, in all of their manifestations, mix. While we often think of public as politics, here we mean something more encompassing – social behavior, political action, and collective outcomes. This is a space to share findings that enlighten our understanding of religion in public.

Pew Research Center
The Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. The pages below are specifically helpful for reporting on religious issues

  • Religious Landscape Study
    surveys taken by more than 35,000 Americans from all 50 states about their religious affiliations, beliefs and practices along with social and political views.
  • Religion and Media
    articles about controversies or scandals associated with religion and balancing freedom of the press with freedom of religion
  • Religious Beliefs and Practices
    articles about how religious practitioners around the world view political/societal issues and national identity
  • Religion and Society
    articles similar to the previous section, discuss prominent religions in American society and how religions interact with societal issues of today
  • Religion and the 2016 Election
    articles about how religion and politics have become evermore intertwined and how the 2016 election was influenced by religion
  • Global Religious Futures
    a way to explore the rapidly changing religious profile of the world, predicting changes through the year 2050

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