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Muslim Women and the Media Training Institute

The Muslim Women and the Media Training Institute’s first seminar took place on Feb 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, at the University of California, Davis. The seminar hosted twenty early career media professionals and graduate students in schools of journalism and communication from the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.  It brought together leading experts on women and Islamic cultures and leading journalists and faculty from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, to engage participants in the diverse and global histories and cultures of women and Islamic cultures. The objective of the seminar was to foster accurate reporting, representation, and public discourses related to Islamic cultures and to Muslim women in a variety of media outlets and platforms. Over the course of the three-day workshop, participants worked with experienced faculty and journalists through lectures, exercises, and discussions on the histories and cultures of Islam and women in Islamic cultures. Participants were given reading and writing assignments to submit to their appointed mentors who are responsible for providing comments and feedback for improving their assignments. The assignments will be carried out, in a mentoring relationship, between March and October of 2018.  The final assignment will be a publishable or near publishable report or opinion piece or visual presentation to be submitted to a media platform.  The second seminar of this cycle will be held November 14, 2018, in conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association meetings in San Antonio, Texas.  Applications for the Muslim Women and Media Training Institute 2019 cycle will be open in Spring 2019.  For information about the Muslim Women and the Media Training Institute, contact Suad Joseph (sjoseph@ucdavis.edu) or ewic@ucdavis.edu .   The Institute is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, and is a project of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, General Editor, Suad Joseph  (http://sjoseph.ucdavis.edu/ewic )

 

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: TRAINING PROGRAM FOR JOURNALISTS

(Extended) Application Deadline: October 31, 2018 Seminar Dates: March 1, 2, & 3, 2019

MUSLIM WOMEN & THE MEDIA SEMINARS

 

REPRESENTING MUSLIM WOMEN: MUSLIM WOMEN & THE MEDIA SEMINARS:

The media is the most powerful vehicle for representing or misrepresenting Islam, Muslims in general and Muslim women in particular. Distorted images of Muslim women and Islam circulate widely in many media outlets. The past several years has witnessed a massive escalation of Islamophobia in the U.S. and Europe. Most Islamophobic media representations have Muslim women as their central subject. Muslim women in
traditional dress have also been the most frequent target of Islamophobic hate crimes in the U.S. and Europe.

THE TRAINING PROGRAM

This program brings together leading academic experts on women and Islamic cultures and experienced journalists from the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, to engage participants in the diverse and global histories and cultures of women and Islamic cultures. The goal is to foster accurate reporting, representation, and public discourses related to Islamic cultures and to Muslim women in a variety of media outlets. The program is committed to the principle that knowledge is power; to the recognition that media are
powerful molders of public opinion; and to the deep belief that evidence/facts/accuracy, when presented by respected public agents, can generate healthy public debates and constructively transform public discourse.

THE WORKPLAN

By the end of the program, participants will produce a report, opinion piece, article (long form or blog post), or visual/audio presentation for publication to a media platform of their choice (these do not include research papers or academic journal articles). Participants will attend two intensive three-day seminars, Winter and Fall 2019 and engage with mentors in between. The first seminar will take place on March 1-3, 2019 in Davis, California. The second seminar is tentatively scheduled for November 15-17 in New Orleans, LA, in
conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting. Participants will work with faculty and journalists through lectures and discussions on the histories and cultures of Islam and women in Islamic cultures and their representation in the media in the USA and Europe. In between the two seminars, participants will be given reading and writing assignments to submit to their appointed mentors by set deadlines. Mentors will respond with comments and feedback for improving the assignments. The final assignment will be the publishable or near publishable media piece.

THE TRAINERS

The trainers include experts on women and Islamic cultures – editors of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures: Suad Joseph, Zeina Zaatari, Sarah Gualtieri, Elora Shehabuddin, and Annelies Moors. Journalists from the United States, Europe will be available to provide support and lectures.

ELGIBILITY & APPLICATION PROCESS

The Institute is open to graduate students in schools of journalism and communication, and to early career professionals within five years of degree completion. To apply, submit a CV, one letter of recommendation from a professor or employer, a short writing sample, and a statement of purpose no more than 600 words addressing your interest, qualifications, and commitment to this program to Suad Joseph: (sjoseph@ucdavis.edu) or ewic@ucdavis.edu. Indicate the level of your knowledge or training related to women and Islamic cultures and your training or experience in journalism or communication and in which media platforms. For more information, see: http://sjoseph.ucdavis.edu/ewic EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2018.

COST Travel, accommodations, and catering are funded by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Seminars: March 1-3, 2019, Davis, CA Nov 15-17, 2019 New Orleans, LA (dates/locations tentative)

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