Telling Muslim Lives: Youth Stories and Belonging

Students worldwide creating a multimedia journalism toolkit

Overview

The Center for Muslim Experience at Arizona State University (ASU) is excited to announce two upcoming workshops aimed at enhancing public understanding of Muslims and Islam, supported through The Luce/ACLS Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs. These workshops are designed to address the knowledge gap in journalism regarding Muslim lived experiences and to highlight the perspectives of youth as dynamic contributors to culture and knowledge. By the end of the workshops, the students will have a comprehensive understanding about Islamophobia in the world and its manifestations on mainstream media in addition to learning about strategies to counterbalance bias and misrepresentations. The students will produce newsworthy stories for publication and create and launch a Muslim Youth Experiences media toolkit for responsible reporting and challenging Islamophobic narratives.

Please see below information about workshop dates, eligibility, honorarium and other details.

Dates

Workshop 1:

  • Duration: 3 to 4 weeks
  • Dates: May 6 to May 30, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2024
  • Application Review Begins: March 16, 2024
  • Decision Announcement: April 3rd, 2024

Workshop 2:

  • Duration: 4 to 5 weeks
  • Dates: June 7 to July 7, 2024

Both workshops will be conducted asynchronously online on Canvas, allowing participants to engage with course materials at their own pace. There will be weekly Zoom sessions for real-time group discussions. The students enrolled in Workshop 1 are required to continue with Workshop 2.

Topics

Workshop 1:

  • Understanding Islamophobia
  • Exploring Muslim Youth Experiences
  • Legal Understanding and Interfaith dialogue
  • Mainstream & Digital Media Portrayal of Muslims

Workshop 2:

  • Writing Stories on Lived Experiences
  • Fact-checking and Verification Techniques
  • Graphic Design Essentials
  • Crafting a Media Toolkit (A Web-based Digital Repository)

Application Criteria

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to students from Journalism, Media Studies, Graphic Design, Political Science, Religious Studies, History, International Affairs, and related disciplines.
  • Applicants must be enrolled at Arizona State University (ASU), Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) in India, or Södertörn University in Sweden. These are the priority applicant groups, but we will also accept applications from any students in the local Phoenix area (including high school and community college students).

Selection Criteria:

  • Background in research and writing
  • Preferred background in social science and humanities, journalism, communication, education, law, public policy and related fields
  • Experience with use of new media and communication technologies
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team
  • Commitment to participate in both workshops*

*Please Note:

  • Participation will not count towards any course credit
  • Participants are expected to dedicate approximately 5 hours per week to readings and Zoom meetings 

Honorarium and Certificate:

Participants will receive a scholarship of $500 and a certificate upon successful completion of both workshops and their contributions to the development of the Muslim Youth Experience Media Toolkit.

The resulting toolkit and student projects will be displayed at a symposium in Spring 2025 and distributed widely. More details to be announced!

Submit your applications through the link below. The application deadline is March 15, 2024.

https://bit.ly/muslim-experience

For more information contact: cmeus@asu.edu