Covering Islam 101

A Carnegie Corporation grant to the Religion News Writers Foundation has supported the creation of, a virtual “Covering Islam 101” site for news media. 

The site responds to a general lack of knowledge among most Americans about Islam.  For example, 58 percent of Americans say they know little or nothing about Islam’s practices. And what they know is sometimes wrong. Meanwhile, 32 percent of Americans say the media are the biggest influence on their perception of Muslims.  

ReligionLink is a journalist’s guide to covering Muslims and Islam in America. The site includes: 

Source listings of major national Muslim organizations.

National and regional experts on major issues.

A guide to the basics of Islam with links to resources.

What journalists need to know about Islam.

Demographic information on Muslims and surveys about Islam.