What is Islam on Main Street?
Islam on Main Street is a self-directed course for reporters – and aspiring reporters
– covering Muslim communities in America. Veteran international journalist Lawrence
Pintak is founding dean of The Edward R. Murrow at Washington State University. He joins
forces with other experts on Islam to provide fast, accurate and unbiased information
about religion, culture and the many issues local reporters encounter when covering
Muslim communities in their backyard. The course is divided into short, straightforward
modules designed for the generalist on deadline.
A Letter from the Course Developer
More than 30 years ago, I arrived in Beirut as CBS News Middle East correspondent.
My qualifications for covering this complex region? I had been reporting on wars
in Africa, so I knew how to dodge bullets. Oh, and I had taken a class on the Arab-Israeli
conflict as an undergrad at Northwestern. Of Islam, the dominant religion in the
region, I knew essentially nothing. If foreign correspondents assigned to the region
have such a “limited” understanding, there is no reason to expect reporters and
editors based in the U.S. to be any more prepared to tackle stories involving Islam
and Muslims. But in many parts of the U.S., Islam and Muslims have become local
news. So a bit of background can come in handy.
Course Registration Information
Registration is complimentary due to the generous support of our sponsors. The information
collected for your registration will help us develop additional courses and informational