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Fighting Words: How U.S. and Arab Journalists Can Break Through to Better Coverage

Fighting Words: How U.S. and Arab Journalists Can Break Through to Better Coverage

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This free manual was birthed out of a three-day conference, entitled, "Bina'a A'-Jusour - Bridging the Gap: Misunderstandings and Misinformation in the Arab and U.S. Media." Held at the Wingspread conference facility, and sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation, this meeting invited Arab and American journalists to discuss the wide and dangerous gap that exists between the United States and Arab countries along with addressing the role that journalism has played in maintaining and widening the gap.

This manual is published in English and Arabic and you can dowload a PDF copy by clicking on the links below. To obtain a hard copy please contact our ICFJ Publications office at: darteaga@icfj.org.
This free manual was birthed out of a three-day conference, entitled, "Bina'a A'-Jusour - Bridging the Gap: Misunderstandings and Misinformation in the Arab and U.S. Media." Held at the Wingspread conference facility, and sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation, this meeting invited Arab and American journalists to discuss the wide and dangerous gap that exists between the United States and Arab countries along with addressing the role that journalism has played in maintaining and widening the gap.

This manual is published in English and Arabic and you can dowload a PDF copy by clicking on the links below. To obtain a hard copy please contact our ICFJ Publications office at: darteaga@icfj.org.

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Published by: International Center for Journalists on Dec 03, 2007
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FIGHTING WORDS
HOWARAB AND AMERICAN JOURNALISTSCANBREAK THROUGH TO BETTER COVERAGE
By Lisa Schnellinger and Mohannad Khatib
FIGHTING WORDS
HOW ARAB ANDAMERICAN JOURNALISTSCAN BREAK THROUGH TO BETTER COVERAGE
By Lisa Schnellinger and Mohannad Khatib
Produced by the International Center for Journalists
“Arabs are violent, religious extremists unwilling to consider any point of view that conflicts with their fundamentalist convictions.” “Americans are hedonistic imperialists who have no values and insist on imposing their materialistic culture all over the world.” 
No doubt many people in the United States and in Arab countries –including many of their leaders – believe these stereotypes. They helpwiden a dangerous schism between the two worlds that seemsunbridgeable. But where do these stereotypes come from? How muchresponsibility do media in each region have for promoting them?In late 2005, two dozen Arab and American journalists gathered inWisconsin to talk about how they cover each other’s worlds, and how they can do it better. Over three days, they discussed such topics asusing loaded words like “terrorist” and “jihad,” showing provocativeimages, covering sensitive issues of religion, and handling pressure fromgovernments and advertisers.This manual is an outgrowth of that conference. Written by an Americanand an Arab who participated in the discussions, it is designed to helpjournalists in both worlds think about how they can help minimize themisunderstandings between cultures that perpetuate conflict.The conference and the manual were made possible by the CarnegieCorporation of New York, the Johnson Foundation, the William andFlora Hewlett Foundation, Thomas S. Ewing and the Saudi Committee for the Development of International Trade.
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FIGHTING WORDS
HOW ARAB AND AMERICAN JOURNALISTS CANBREAK THROUGH TO BETTER COVERAGE
By Lisa Schnellinger and Mohannad Khatib
Produced by the International Center for Journalists
1616 H Street NW Third Floor Washington, DC 20006 USA T: +1-202-737-3700 F: +1-202-737-0530www.icfj.org • www.ijnet.org • editor@icfj.org
©2006 International Center for Journalists, Washington, DC
 
“There is a need to make moreeffort from both sides to understandeach other. … Maybe a lot of youfeel there is a need for change inthe Arab world, but also there is aneed for change in the West andthe way [Westerners] understandArabs.”
– Shireen Abu AqlehJerusalem correspondent for Al Jazeera andWingspread conference participant
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