Reporting the Arab and Muslim Worlds

Dunsky, Marda
June 2007
Nieman Reports;Summer2007, Vol. 61 Issue 2, p41
This article calls on Western journalists, particularly in the U.S., to apply five criteria in the reporting and coverage of Muslim societies and Islam. These five criteria are, balance, point of view, voice, context and framing. Western journalists should have a broad range and mix sources in their reports. They should make it known from whose perspective the story is told. In reporting about Muslims and their religion context should be clear as it will provide relevant historical, political and or cultural factors in the story. Care must be taken when framing the report or story as it will decide which issues are included and which are omitted.


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