HAF Attends the Religion Newswriters Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. (October 20, 2004) - The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) attended the Religion Newswriters Association Annual Conference, held in Washington D.C. between September 10 and September 12, 2004. The conference, attended by editors and writers covering religion issues at over 100 newspapers and other media organizations, included representatives from the Washington Post, New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, among many others.

HAF leaders said their attendance adhered to the organization’s mission to interact with academia, government and media to promote an accurate portrayal of Hinduism and to increase awareness of issues of concern to Hindu Americans. “We sought to introduce HAF to those people most likely to deal with religious issues at major media outlets,” explained Mr. Nikhil Joshi, Esq., member of the Hindu American Foundation Board of Directors. “I hope that we have positioned HAF as a professional, reliable and articulate resource for Hinduism and Hindu American interests, “Mr. Joshi added.

Representatives of organizations such as the Pew Charitable Trusts that guides policy discussions at various levels, as well as numerous publishing companies that produce books dealing with religious education also attended the meeting and met individually with HAF. “The response was, overall, very positive,” said Mihir Meghani, M.D., President of HAF. “We found that most newswriters and editors were very pleased to meet representatives for a religion they rarely cover and are admittedly unfamiliar with.”