About FJN

We’re an international group of editorial professionals interested in covering topics surrounding the mysteries of human existence.

#consciousness #science #spirituality

MISSION
The FJN is devoted to making it easier for journalists to get the resources they need to source, pitch and produce stories on topics surrounding the mysteries of human experience, such as the nature of consciousness; the relationship between mind, body and spirit; the truth and purpose of faith and wisdom traditions; the science of spirituality; and the ‘big questions’ of life and the universe.

VALUES

  • Open to new observations and insights.
  • Rigorous in evaluating evidence and ideas. We consider evidence crucial.
  • Responsible in maintaining the highest journalistic, scientific and ethical standards.
  • Sensitivity to a plurality of viewpoints.
  • Respectful of personal experience as evidence.
  • We are pro-science, including every aspect of human experience; and independent of religion.

HOW WE SERVE
We are working to provide resources to increase mainstream coverage on our topics of interest. These resources include panel discussions on the latest research on consciousness; best practices for covering topics currently regarded as on the fringes of mainstream acceptance; and access to key sources of news and information, such as academics, researchers, scientists, and organisations specialising in these topics. So far we have launched Story Ideas and Topic Briefs for journalists, held panel discussions with leading researchers, and engaged journalists to understand challenges and opportunities for coverage. Register now for announcements on upcoming membership benefits.

We also wish to be a resource to that community of newsmakers and subject matter experts so that they may better understand journalistic standards and practices. Our Media Training Course teaches scholars, scientists and practitioners to increase their media savvy. 

OUR ORIGIN STORY
It started with a conversation among journalists who cover the evidence base of ‘mysteries of the human experience’ and find a certain level of censorship for topics ranging from consciousness, religion, philosophy, the science of spirituality, and metaphysics, to health and holistic wellbeing. We bonded over the bias we found in mainstream media and science against these topics; the need for an editorial-oriented body to understand and overcome this; and the commitment to cover these areas with the highest professional standards, openness to all types of evidence, and rigour in analysis of evidence.

After a year of discussion, the founding members of this group secured a seed grant from The Galileo Commission to form the FJN. We immediately undertook original research on the perceptions and experiences of journalists on the state of coverage on our topics. The results reveal challenges to covering these topics both on the side of newsmakers (research community) and the media (openness of editorial management). The results were fascinating and we’ve sprung into action.

Today we are a volunteer-led group supported by The Galileo Commission yet remain journalistically independent. We follow a strict code that ensures we are neither regarded nor used as a public relations organ. We are grateful to have the funding and freedom to pursue our mission.

MEET THE TEAM
See who is on the FJN steering group, and learn how you can contribute to shaping the future of coverage of topics surrounding human phenomena.