Duke class collaborates with local Muslims to examine portrayal of Islam in the media. The video and blog posts at undercovermuslimgirl.blogspot.com emerged from a collaboration with a Duke course on Islam and the media in spring 2010.
The idea for the class came from Phil Bennett, who as a veteran journalist and former managing editor of the Washington Post. He felt something was missing from media coverage of Muslim Americans. Bennett joined the faculty at Duke’s DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy fall 2009, and decided to teach a course on Islam and the media with senior research associate Wendy Ewald.
After spending the first part of the semester studying how major news organizations approach coverage of Muslim Americans after 9/11, Bennett and Ewald’s class collaborated with the Islamic Center of Raleigh and Al-Iman School to create original media projects exploring different facets of Muslim American life. Groups of Duke students worked with eighth grade students from the Al-Iman School, and teenagers and women from the center on a variety of projects including books, blogs, photos and video. Learn more.
Published 3 years ago