About This Course
"Islam hates us," Donald Trump told CNN. Ted Cruz wants to patrol Muslim neighborhoods. Marco Rubio sees a "clash of civilizations."
Islam was part of the 2016 presidential election campaign. And it's a local story for reporters from Portland, ME to Portland, OR and Ann Arbor to Austin
Fifteen years after the 9/11 tragedies, many American journalists find themselves telling a story about Islam at home as well as far away. But how do you bridge cultural gaps to accurately put news about Islam and Muslim communities into context?
This course is designed to give you a broad explanation of the religious, social, political and geographical facts about Islam today. It provides the essential information you need to humanize, analyze and put news about Islam and Muslim communities into context.
We created "Covering Islam in America" as a tool for journalists who want to be accurate in educating their audience about the religion and culture of Islam, Muslim communities in the U.S., and the distinctions between Islam as a political movement and the radical philosophies tha tinspire militant Islamists. This course, funded by the Social Science Research Council, gives journalists the language and knowledge they need to convey this information to their auidence. It is an extension of the e-book Islam for Journalists, also funded by the SSRC and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, available for free download from Reynolds Institute "newsbook" catalogue at the University of Missouri.
Together with the Social Science Research COuncil and Washington State University, we are committed to strengthening accurate reporting and to enhancing the ability of the media to fairly report on a range of pressing issues. We believe there is a need to better understand the complexities of Muslim societies and this course is a vital resource toward that end.
The values underpinning the course are truth, accuracy, independence, fairness, minimizing harm and context — the core journalistic values on which we build all our teaching here at Poynter.