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Workshop: Reporting Islam

The Reporting Islam Project’s Mark Pearson and Abdi Hersi present this workshop for journalists, journalism educators and journalism students – focussing on how to report mosque proposals.

Research shows that Australians have low levels of knowledge about Islam and Muslims, with 83% reporting knowing ‘little to nothing’ about either. Recent research also shows that journalists’ baseline knowledge about Islam and Muslims is one contributor to inaccurate and stereotyped reporting.

By storyboarding news coverage of a mosque proposal and a resulting protest, this workshop will introduce journalists to some of the resources developed by the Reporting Islam Project. The project aims improve the fairness, ethics and accuracy of media reporting on matters relating to Islam and Muslim communities – in hopes of promoting social cohesion, understanding and cooperation.


Portrait of Abdi Hersi

Abdi Hersi

Dr. Abdi Hersi is currently a sessional lecturer in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences of Griffith University. He is also the manager/Muslim trainer of the Reporting Islam project. The project’s aim is to develop suite of research-based training and education resources for Australian media practitioners to encourage more mindful reporting of Muslims and the Islamic faith.

Portrait of Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson is Professor of Journalism and Social Media at Griffith University in Queensland, and is a journalist, academic, blogger and author. His main areas of research and commentary are media law and ethics. He has written and edited for The Australian, and has been published in a range of publications including the Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review.

New News by the Centre for Advancing Journalism

How do you pick true news from fake news? How would diversity in senior and junior positions change the news we report – and how we report it? And does state politics need to be theatrical to be interesting to journalists?

Hear from some of the brightest minds in the media at this three-day series of discussions and workshops on the present and future of journalism. Including Brett McLeod, Katharine Murphy, Emma Alberici, Julian Burnside and more.

New News is presented in partnership with the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne, and Monash University.



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