About Us

 

LAPIDO MEANS TO SPEAK UP in the Acholi dialect of Northern Uganda.  Religiously literate media work helped to end a war there between 2003-5.  We were founded by journalists to advocate for greater awareness of the faith dimension in policy, governance, and conflict in the UK and abroad.

Many news stories do not make sense - whether to journalists or policy makers who feed off what they report - without understanding religion. Lapido Media is an internationally networked, British-based philanthro-media charity, founded in 2005, that seeks to increase understanding among journalists and opinion formers of the way religion shapes world affairs. 

It’s called religious literacy.  We run media briefings, publish research and essays and work with journalists around the world.  Our stringers practise on our website the kind of religiously literate journalism we wish to see, going deeper to the sources of social motivations, and providing a resource for other journalists.  And we work with civil society groups on campaigns and media strategy to improve the flow and quality of stories with a religion dimension. 

 

Who we are

Jenny TaylorDr Jenny Taylor is Founder and Executive Director.
A journalist and author she trained with Yorkshire Post Newspapers and became the first race relations reporter in the Westminster Press Group. She has reported from areas of conflict and poverty in Asia and Africa, successfully campaigning to 'break the silence' about the war in Northern Uganda.  She has specialized in Islam and secularization, co-authoring Faith and Power (1998 and 2005) with Professor Lamin Sanneh of Yale, and Lesslie Newbigin, and her doctorate awarded by SOAS at London University in 2001.  She speaks and writes on the connection between faith and culture, on which she has addressed parliamentary, Commonwealth and media gatherings around the world.  In 2015 she gave the Catherwood Lecture in Belfast for the peace-making group ECONI, was one of five journalists to give evidence to the Commission on Religion and Belief in Public Life in Britain, chaired by Baroness Elizabether Butler-Sloss, and was a member of the judging panel for the Jerusalem Trust Awards.

 

Contributing Editors

Charles Cameron was mentored by Fr Trevor Huddleston CR, and studied theology at Oxford. Since then he has spent decades exploring comparative religion, cultural anthropology and depth psychology, done some teaching, then put in a couple of years as Senior Analyst in a small Washington DC think tank, and now serves as managing editor of the strategy blog Zenpundit.com. He also designs games based on Hermann Hesse’s Glass Bead Game, and writes poetry and (occasional) science fiction. He’s a vagabond monk at heart.

 

Jayson Casper

Jayson Casper is a writer and researcher with Arab West Report based in Cairo. He is also the editor of Orient and Occident, a magazine of the Anglican Diocese of Egypt, North Africa, and the Horn of Africa. He serves as local correspondent for the US magazine Christianity Today and blogs regularly at A Sense of Belonging. Jayson has worked previously in Mauritania, Jordan, and Tunisia, and holds an MA in Islamic Studies from Columbia International University. Fond of all things Arabic, Jayson enjoys crossing boundaries to promote understanding, bringing the ‘other’ closer to home.

 

Nick PageNick Page was the well-modulated voice behind Radio 2's Nick Page Programme for many years, and clocked up 35 years behind one mic or another. As a radio anchorman and producer he hosted Nightline for the London Broadcasting Company as well as programmes for schools on BBC Radio 4. As a communication consultant, he choreographs public events and conferences around the world, and is Secretary of the International Christian Media Commission. He is a member of the panel of judges for the Andrew Cross Awards.

 

Dr. Irfan Al AlawiDr. Irfan Al Alawi is an expert in Middle East affairs and Tasawwuf (Islamic spirituality), and studied at Al-Azhar University, Cairo as well as under the famous Imam Sayyid Habib ahmad Mashhur al Haddad Al Alawi.  He is International Director at the Centre for Islamic Pluralism and a Visiting Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars (Washington).  He has written for the Independent, The Guardian, The Times, as well as for The Weekly Standard, The Spectator, and many Islamic journals. He has translated many works into Arabic, English, Swahili and Urdu.

   

Ruth Gledhill has spent more than a quarter of a century in religious affairs journalism, mainly for The Times. She has also written for The Daily Mail, The Birmingham Post, The Church of England Newspaper, The Tablet and The Jewish Chronicle. She is studying for an MS/MSc in digital journalism at Goldsmith’s. She is passionate about justice and human rights. Follow her on Twitter @ruthiegledhill. Some of her recent articles can be accessed via http://journalisted.com/ruth-gledhill. She also reviews theatre for LondonTheatre1.com

 

Dominik Lemanski is a national newspaper journalist with over ten years experience working for the Daily Star Sunday and News Of the World both in the UK and abroad. During this time he has developed a keen interest in covering religious affairs with particular emphasis on Islamic extremism in London. He has also covered the refugee crisis in Calais and the Canary Islands and the 2011 famine in East Africa.  He can be found at @dominiklemanski

  

Trustees

  • Nick Isbister, PhD (Chairman)
  • Sean Oliver-Dee, PhD
  • Tom Holland
  • Ghayasuddin Siddiqui, PhD
  • Revd Gareth Wardell
  • Professor John Wolffe

 


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