By: GINA LOGUE
[Islam in Middle Tennessee is being cussed and discussed, but do we really understand what we’re saying?
To make things clearer for the news media, and, ultimately, for the public, the MTSU School of Journalism will sponsor “Covering Islam in the Bible Belt,” a conference for journalists, Aug. 21-23 at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center, 1201 Eighth Ave. S. in Nashville.
Its purpose is to help journalists who report on issues involving Muslims with access to experts and resources they can use to give their work new breadth and depth.
“Training in the background of what Islam is and some of these issues could be very helpful to a lot of journalists, especially those working in smaller newsrooms in media outlets in what’s typically called the Bible Belt or the South,” says Phil Loubere, assistant professor of visual communication.
Loubere wrote the proposal that helped MTSU obtain a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to fund the gathering.
To bring the public into the discussion, a forum is slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 22, at the First Amendment Center. The topic will be the potential application of Shariah law in the United States.]
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"Covering Islam in the Bible Belt"
Conference and workshop:
Nashville, August 21-23, 2011
Free travel, lodging and tuition
[Covering the topic of Islam is becoming an increasingly challenging assignment for journalists, especially in the South. To help those who report on issues involving Muslim communities, the MTSU School of Journalism is hosting this conference and workshop, featuring veteran reporters and experts in Islamic history and culture.]
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Robert R. McCormick Foundation