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Don’t Forget Religion: The Middle East and Journalism

I recently was interviewed by Dr. Alfonse Javed, host of the podcast Our Urban Voices. We spoke about the necessity of religious literacy in reporting on this often-troubled region, and how I go about my job. It runs about 35 minutes, and the topics are listed by timestamp, below.

Additionally, Isabella Meibauer interviewed me (among others) on a similar topic for her article in IJNet, “Tips for Reporting Ethically and Accurately from Abroad.”

Please click here for the link to the podcast, and click here for the link to the article. It is our privilege as journalists to represent the perspectives of our sources. Thanks for your interest, from time to time, in what we think as well.

Timestamped Show Notes:

01:41 – Topic: The Importance of Representing all Views in Journalism

01:50 – Family, from America to Lebanon

03:39 – A Day in the Life of a Journalist

06:59 – Reporting Complexities Fairly

08:56 – Representing 2% of Population

10:04 – What is Sympathetic Reporting?

10:28 – Hope, Reflection and Prayer

13:28 – Handling an Accusation of Bias

16:22 – Religion Impacting News in the Middle East

18:05 – Religion a Factor in Community Relations

18:23 – Religion a Factor in Politics

20:37 – Christians in the Middle East and Diaspora

21:37 – Relations Between Christian and Muslim Communities in the Middle East

23:17 – Religious Identity and Neighborliness

24:02 – Surprised by Christians in the Middle East

25:26 – Christians in Egypt

27:10 – Learning about the Middle Eastern Culture

27:46 – Cheaper Way to ‘Travel’ to the Middle East

28:04 – Middle Eastern Hospitality

28:22 – Connecting Middle Eastern Christians to Americans

29:17 – Contacting Jayson Casper

30:45 – Joke: A Sheikh and Albert Einstein