Coming soon to a mosque near you: Muslimedia.
So you’re interested in debating the merits (and limits) of the media’s coverage of Islam – in a local mosque with a free halal lunch.
OK, you’re on the list. Don’t fret, you’re not making a commitment. Not yet.
SPJ is big on R&D, so nothing happens until after the first Muslimedia on Sunday, Nov. 20. Once we see what worked and didn’t, we’ll rebuild the program and share the guts of it with you.
When we take Muslimedia on tour, SPJ will handle the boring logistics…
- Location: If you give us a list of Islamic centers in your area, we’ll help you negotiate the space. The Center for American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has agreed to work with us wherever we go.
- Lunch: We’ll offer at least $100 and work with your local Muslim community to provide a free halal lunch for attendees.
- Promotion: We’ll provide logos and other design elements for your own marketing, but we’ll also build a page on SPJ’s website that you can use for promotion.
What exactly will transpire in your local mosque? That’s mostly up to you.
SPJ believes you know your audience best. We’ll share what happened at the first Muslimedia and any others that occur before we organize yours. Then we’ll figure it out together.
(Here’s the agenda for the first one, which might suck. We won’t know till it’s over.)
We’ll start the Muslimedia tour in February or March 2017. Our preference is to spread out 20-25 dates over six months. If you have something specific in mind, let’s talk sooner than later.
If past SPJ programs are any indication, it can take 4-6 weeks to firm up a date. We’ll need to build into that one month to properly promote it.
Believe or not, that’s the short version. We’ll update this page as new details emerge, but feel free to hit us with questions at michael@koretzky.