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Workshop: Reporting Islam


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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.



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 re... Read more

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 o... Read more


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