Diversity Track: Uncovering the untold stories of Muslim Americans

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Rawan Aldamen of Stream Media Consultancy; Waliya Lari of independent journalist; Imam Muhammad Musri of American Islam
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Jun. 16 at 11:30am
  • Location: Oceans 3
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Did you know that Muslims are America's youngest and most diverse faith community? That 60 percent of Muslim-Americans are born in the US and 86 percent are citizens? That frequent mosque attendance is linked to less radicalization? That Muslim-American women are far more educated than Muslim-American men?  

Journalists are missing these and other important stories about Muslim communities in the U.S. — which are comprised of 3.3 million people. Hear from a Muslim leader and a co-director of the AAJA Muslim America Task Force who explains why this is happening, how to find these missing stories and tell them in meaningful and impactful ways. These tools will take your newsroom's enterprise reporting to another level and the lessons apply to covering any marginalized community.

This panel was planned in collaboration with the Asian American Journalists Association.

Speaker Bios

  • Rawan Damen is a Filmmaker and Media consultant – the CEO and Founder of Stream Media Consultancy. She produced and directed more than 30 hours of TV documentaries & investigations, translated to multiple languages. She worked as a senior commissioning producer at Al Jazeera Media Network for 10 years. She is an international trainer in Digital Storytelling. She holds an MA (with Distinction) in Communications Studies from Leeds University, UK, 2003. @RawanDamen 

  • Waliya Lari is the co-director of AAJA's Muslim American Task Force.  She has spent the last decade building meaningful bridges between Muslim communities and newsrooms around the country.  Waliya is also an award-winning and highly recognized news producer and newsroom manager. Currently, she is executive producer of special projects for Tegna. A proud Texan and University of Texas at Austin alum, Waliya lives in Raleigh with her husband. @WaliyaLari

  • Imam Muhammad Musri is the President & Senior Imam of the Islamic Society of Central Florida (ISCF) & American Islam, Imam Musri is one of “The Three Wise Guys”. An interfaith weekly radio program on 90.7 FM, www.WMFE.org, Central Florida’s NPR affiliate. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. www.TWGradio.com. @ImamMMusri

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