Media Education and Outreach

In an effort to improve media coverage and broader understanding of the Muslim world, the Stanley Foundation is sponsoring two educational tours to the Middle East for journalists in 2005-2006. The foundation will also offer opportunities for participants to share their experiences with other media professionals and citizen groups after their return.

2006 Gatekeepers Fact-Finding Trip to Egypt

In spring 2006, the Stanley Foundation will cosponsor the International Reporting Project's two-week fellowship fact-finding trip to Egypt for US "gatekeeper" editors and producers interested in learning more about the Arab world's most populous country. Senior journalists selected for the Egypt trip will have the opportunity to learn about the country's economic reform, relations with the United States, and democratization efforts.

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2005 "Writing International News" Workshop in Beirut

In partnership with the Reuters Foundation, the Stanley Foundation in September 2005 brought six American and six Arab journalists to the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, for an intensive weeklong course on "Writing International News." Participants also wrote articles based on interviews with representatives of Hezbollah, Hamas, and Lebanon's parliament.

"Assumptions take their lumps as West meets Middle East: Journalists comparing notes"
As part of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch series titled "Muslims and America: Faith on the Line," veteran journalist Jon Sawyer reports that participants in the Beirut workshop may have learned as much from each other as they did from the course instructors.

"Beirut on the Brink" (registration required)
Sean Harder of the Savannah Morning News wrote that Americans and Middle Easterners need to talk and encouraged his readers to begin the conversation with their own visit to Lebanon.

"Lunch with Hezbollah, Tea with Hamas"
Blogger Jacob Resneck details his one-on-one conversation with a leading Hezbollah sheik.

"Terrorists or Freedom Fighters?"
Freelance writer Fran Quigley explored the question of the difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter for the foundation's Fall 2005 edition of Courier, which also includes an overview of the Lebanon trip.

The Stanley Foundation Brings Lebanese Journalist and Professor to the United States

The Stanley Foundation, in conjunction with the United States Institute of Peace, sponsored a visit to the United States by Professor Ramez Maaluf, director of the Beirut Institute for Media Arts at the Lebanese American University, from April 16 to 24, 2005. Maaluf spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations, the United States Institute of Peace, Johns Hopkins University, the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, and the University of Iowa.

A graduate of Duke University and the University of Oklahoma, Maaluf was the editor-in-chief of Lebanon's The Daily Star from 1984 to 1986 and editor-in-chief of the Athens-based Middle East Times from 1987 to 1992. He has contributed numerous articles and opinion pieces on the Middle East to international publications, including the International Herald Tribune and The Washington Times.

Read an excerpt of Maaluf's speech in the
Summer 2005 issue of Courier.
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Working Group Meeting on the US Media and the Muslim World

The Stanley Foundation convened a working group in January 2005 to identify ways of strengthening media coverage of the Muslim world for audiences in the United States. Despite some outstanding journalists and instances of excellent coverage, participants generally agreed that much of the coverage of news in the Middle East and other parts of the Muslim world makes it difficult for the public to make informed evaluations of US foreign policy or developments within the Muslim world. Participants concluded that there was a significant need to provide journalists with overseas experience and build better linkages between journalists, local Muslim community groups, and a broader array of policy experts.

Read the policy bulletin
The US Media and the Muslim World.
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