Reporting Islam wins

WINNER: Associate Professor Jacqueline Ewart is the media and communications winner of the 2016 Queensland Multicultural Award. Photo: Christine RossouwWOODHILL resident Jacqueline Ewart on Saturdayreceived the coveted 2016 Queensland Multicultural Award for media and communications achievement.
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The Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Griffith University wasthe project leader ofReporting Islam, which wasnominated for the award by the Australian Press Council.

Reporting Islamisa world first, research underpinned suite of resources to help journalists and journalism students to be better informed when reporting stories involving Islam and Muslims.

It includes an app, a website, a reporting handbook, audio visual materials and two training packages.

“The project is about improving the quality of mainstream news media reporting of matters relating to Islam,” Ms Ewartsaid.

“Itwas conceptualized by John English as he recognized there were problems with some news media coverage of Muslims and that problematic coverage could lead to social division.

“The first stage of the project began mid 2014 andinvolved interviews with journalists about why they report on Muslims the way they do, along with a review of existing research into news media coverage of Muslims.”

Ms Ewart and fellow project leaderProfessor Mark Pearson, with the support ofproject manager Abdi Hersi and principal research fellow Dr Kate O’Donnell along with a team of research assistants and support staff from Griffith Universityused the findings from stage one to inform the development of the resources for journalists in stage two of the project which started in mid 2015.

The training was rolled out to 13 locations.

“Fair, ethical and accurate reporting on matters involving Islam and Muslim communities will help promote social cohesion and may assist in the reduction of community tensions,” she said.

Ms Ewart said theQueensland Multicultural Awards wasa great initiative and an important one for promoting social cohesion projects.

“We were truly privileged just to be nominated among so many other outstanding projects and individuals, and to receive this award is a great honour,” she said.

Multicultural Minister Grace Grace congratulated Ms Ewart forher work.

“Theseawardsrecognise some of the outstanding organisations and individuals who are such a vital part of Queensland’smulticulturalsuccess story,” she said.

“Community groups, volunteers, businesses and sporting organisations are just some of those recognised by these prestigiousawards.

“I want to congratulate all finalists for their efforts to create a harmonious and inclusive Queensland.

“It really is the icing on the cake to be having theseawardsduring QueenslandMulticulturalMonth, Queensland’s largestmulticulturalcelebration.”

Ms Grace said all finalists were setting a great example and providing inspiration to all Queenslanders.

“They remind us that Queensland always has, and always will, depend on the skill and talent of people drawn from all parts of the globe,” she said.

AWARD WINNERS:

Minister’sMulticulturalAward–MulticulturalCommunity Centre

Outstanding Volunteer- Naseema Mustapha

Business ExcellenceAward– Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Communication and Media AchievementAward– Reporting Islam Project Team

Employment, Education and Training InnovationAward– Private Enterprise– TheMulticulturalSports Club

Employment, Education and Training InnovationAward– Public Sector– Queensland Police Service Academy – ROLE program

Services and CommunitiesAward– Individual– Regina Samykanu-Vuthapanich

Services and CommunitiesAward– Organisation– The Friends of HEAL Foundation

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