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MESA Journalist Workshop

In conjunction with the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), IMES hosted conferences for journalists who cover local, regional, and state politics in the United States. This conferences are held on the premises of the MESA annual conference each November and participants are granted press access to the event. Workshop participants attend panels, participate in networking events, and hear presentations from world-class scholars on issues that affect their communities. Our speakers helped participants bring a global lens to local issues and produce accurate and well-sourced reporting that relates to Middle East issues. Previous topics include: Sharia law, Syrian refugees, and media coverage of local Muslim communities.

“If you’re tired of Google being your primary (and sometimes only) resource to quickly learn background on issues in the Middle East now affecting your audience, then I highly recommend applying for and attending the workshop."

"I had excellent conversations with fellow local reporters trying to tell the same stories I've covered, and heard from experts who helped put those stories in the context of national and global news. I'm grateful for the opportunity."

"I appreciate the opportunity to have attended this workshop. It gave me insight into different cultures, background on current world affairs and it provided practical applications to use as a journalist. I would highly recommend it."


2017 MESA Journalist Workshop Participants:

Sarah Boden, WESA Pittsburgh, PA
Lara Hamdan, St. Louis Public Radio, MS
Jonathan Hardison, WBRC FOX6 News, KY
Fred Knapp, Nebraska Public Radio and Television, NE
William Morris, Owatonna People's Press, MN
Daniel Walker, The Vernon Daily Record, TX
Mehri Yavari, GW School of Media and Public Affairs, DC


Organizer: Scott Weiner, IMES