Journalist Ian Johnson, author of The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao, has won the 2019 Best In-Depth Newswriting on Religion Contest, says the website of the American Academy of Religion (AAR).
“The AAR is pleased to recognize these journalists whose news reporting includes well-written, diverse and engaging topics,” said Alice Hunt, Executive Director of the AAR. “The news articles address some of the prominent religion news stories of 2018 that not only inform but also enhance the public understanding of religion,” Hunt added.
Ian Johnson submitted articles that address an unfettered interest in religion in China that speaks to the relationship between religion, politics, and society, including “#MeToo in the Monastery,” “10 Million Catholics in China Face Storm They Can’t Control,” and “The Uighurs and China’s Long History of Trouble with Islam.” Jurors described this work as a “deep-dive series of articles with an excellent mix of journalism and public scholarship.” The winning series “also provides new and relevant information to today’s political and religious debates and is informed by scholarship that the public sometimes has a hard time accessing,” cited the jurors.
Are you interested in more stories by Ian Johnson? Do check out this list.