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Media Coverage of 2023 Parliament Shares Call to Conscience to 2.5 Billion

Written by Molly Horan, Senior Manager, Media & Partnerships 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions
August 25, 2023

Global Media Moments Reached Billions as 2023 Parliament Dominates Press   

Seen and covered across the world, the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions captivated the news and religion sections of powerful news brands as a global media event. The internationally reaching print and online stories for newspaper, TV and radio saw reporters covering for distinguished news names bring 2023 Parliament to platforms including the Associated Press, National Public Radio, Washington Post, Religion News Service and prestigious national and religious media from Chicago Tribune to the The Times of India.  

Footage airing on Chicago’s own WGN News started TV coverage with the Sunday August 13 Chicago Parade of Faiths and semi-daily stories continued with every mainstream TV news Chicago affiliate. A packed section of camera crews were on scene to catch the recently elected new Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson deliver a powerful keynote, broadcast the Parliament honor of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, share snippets of the “climate repentance” ceremony and more. Over the days since the Parliament concluded, moments on the 2023 Parliament mainstage have surpassed the media record of modern Parliaments with coverage continuing to go live daily.

In depth reporting took time to showcase the diversity of exhibitors and participating spiritual communities. Some of the strongest work journalists produced about the Parliament led to headlines clearly and persuasively delving into the Parliament’s theme intersecting faith and movements for social justice, democracy, freedom and human rights. Through prominent names publishing guest editorials and intensive reporting, the Parliament in Chicago reflects a robust and sophisticated effort by both corporate and independent media to accurately portray the vibrance and testimony emanating from the 2023 convening.

While some outlets turned to narratives that would attempt to capitalize on tensions and controversy, mainstream publications elevated wisdom through thought pieces that showcased the brilliant scholarship and public service of Parliament luminaries. 

In numbers? The 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions is named through a thousand unique news links, known now to a million new readers of prestige journalism and a global reach of 2.5 billion puts into incredible context how to understand the newsworthiness and impact of the 2023 convening.

Stay in touch with the Parliament of the World’s Religions to unpack these stories and most importantly, co-author those to come. 

For a complete archive please visit the Parliament of the World’s Religions Parliament in the Press Section. A roundup of stories from the ramp up and early days of the 2023 Parliament is available below.

August 16, Hindustan Times

Justice Nariman invokes Vivekananda at Parliament of World Religions

August 16, Religion News Service

From Interfaith Vegans to Inclusive Vegans, Religious Parliament Offers it All

August 16, The Times of India

Tapobhoomi swami at world religious meet in Chicago

August 16, Climate column for the National Catholic Reporter

For God’s Sake, Justice: A message to the Parliament of the World’s Religions – a 

August 16, Religion News Service

A Religious Calling to Protect Democracy, Religion News Service 

August 15, India TV News

Jain leader Acharya Lokesh Muni addresses inaugural ceremony of Parliament of World Religions in Chicago

Week of August 13, Pagan Community Notes, The Wild Hunt – Parliament Coverage

August 15, Buddhist Door Global 

Interfaith Dialogue: Parliament of the World’s Religions Convenes in Chicago with a Focus on Human Rights

August 14 – Washington Post, Associated Press, and syndicated internationally 

A Throng of Interfaith Leaders to Focus on Combating Authoritarianism

August 14, Opening Day, Religion News Service:

Parliament of the World’s Religions Hopes to Harness Faith to Address World’s Ills

August 14, About Islam

Parliament of the World’s Religions Opens in Chicago

August 14, CBS (Chicago)

Parliament of the World’s Religions Kicks Off at McCormick Place

August 14, Fox (Chicago)

Johnson Kicks Off First Day of Parliament of the World’s Religions

August 13, CBS (Chicago)

Parade of Faiths Kicks Off on South Side Sunday Afternoon

August 13, Chicago Tribune Op-Ed 

Religious Leaders Failure to Speak Up For Justice Harms Our Communities

August 13  – 16, State of Belief Podcast to Religion News Service – 

Preview Defending Freedom and Human Rights at the Parliament of the World’s Religions

August 13, WGN News (Chicago’s Very Own)

Parliament of the World’s Religions Set to Take Place in Chicago

August 11, (National Public Radio NPR and across all NPR local affiliates)

Parliament of the World’s Religions Seeks Understanding and Action – NPR 

August 10, WVON (Negro Voice of the Nation Historically) Darlene Afternoon Show Interviews with Stephen Avino, Former City of Chicago Mayor’s Office Faith Outreach Officer Vance Henry 

August 10, Windy City Times – Oldest and Largest LGBTQIA newspaper in Chicago 

The Rev. Paul Rausenbush Talks LGBTQ+ Rights, Christian Nationalism and More

August 9, The Crisis Cast (Spotify / ITunes, etc) with Lissa Druss and Thom Serafin (Interview with Rev. Stephen Avino and David Hales) 

August 8, Chicago History Museum Blog

Commemorating 130 Years of the Parliament of the World’s Religions

August 7: NBC Chicago “Today” – A Call to Conscience, Chicago gathers for ‘A Call to Conscience’: Five-day international conference champions human rights and freedom

July 25, The American Bazaar

Sikh Langar to Feed Thousands at Parliament of the World’s Religions

July 24, NPR (Illinois) 

Greater Springfield Interfaith Association to Host Local Events to Celebrate the Parliament of the World’s Religions

July 19, Chicago Catholic

Welcome Back, Parliament of the World’s Religions, by the Cardinal of Chicago

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