Covering the American Muslim Community: Ideas and Insights to Guide Your Reporting

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Course Overview

Covering the American Muslim Community: Ideas and Insights to Guide Your Reporting
Free, thanks to the generous support of Democracy Fund.
Originally Broadcast On:
May 03, 2018
Time Estimate:
1 Hour

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Reporters often find themselves writing about American Muslims, even though they may lack a strong understanding of Muslim religion and culture. This webinar helps reporters move beyond soundbites and provide context and depth in their stories.

Webinar host Dalia Mogahed, director of research for the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU), bases her presentation on two key ideas:
1. Newsrooms are shrinking, meaning a smaller number of reporters are covering a wide array of topic areas.
2. The dearth of American Muslim voices contributing to the creation of news means that not nearly enough American Muslim expert voices are cited.

This webinar is part of a media training series by ISPU that aims to both alleviate the pressure on reporters thrust into covering issues related to American Muslims and connect journalists with expert sources and original research on American Muslims. This webinar will also enable reporters to go beyond standard talking points by providing up-to-date, empirical research.

As the only think tank dedicated to sharing and conducting research on issues that affect American Muslims, ISPU has become the go-to resource for journalists looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of this growing, but poorly understood, demographic.

What Will I Learn:
  • Examine up-to-date demographic data on American Muslims, including information on voter engagement and civic engagement
  • Learn guidelines and standards for fair and accurate reporting on American Muslims
  • Gain insight on how to access and use ISPU’s rich database of publications, bibliographies and dictionaries of Arabic and Islamic terms, and other resources that will enrich your reporting
Who Should Take this Course:
  • Reporters looking for a broad overview and understanding of current issues that affect and concern American Muslims
  • Reporters looking for original, up-to-date, empirical research on American Muslims
  • Reporters who cover intersectional issues, including gender, race and documentation status
Course Instructor:

Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed is the director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, where she leads the organization’s pioneering research and thought leadership programs on American Muslims. Mogahed is former executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led the analysis of surveys of Muslim communities worldwide. With John L. Esposito, she co-authored the book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. President Barack Obama appointed Mogahed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009.


Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund aspires to the highest ideals of the American republic — government of, by, and for the people. We invest in organizations working to ensure that our political system is responsive to the priorities of the American public and has the capacity to meet the greatest challenges facing our country.

Nonpartisanship is a cornerstone of the Democracy Fund’s work.

Training Partner:

Institute of Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

ISPU conducts objective, solution-seeking research that empowers American Muslims to develop their community and fully contribute to democracy and pluralism in the United States. Since 2002, ISPU has been at the forefront of discovering trends and opportunities that impact the American Muslim community. ISPU's research aims to educate the general public and enable community change agents, the media, and policymakers to make evidence-based decisions.

Technical Requirements:

1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows 7 or later
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows 7 or Windows 8
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome
Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+

1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
Mac OS X 10.7.4 or later
Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome
Adobe Flash Player 11.2+

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