Reporting Islam argues for innovative approaches to media coverage of Muslims and their faith. The book examines the ethical dilemmas faced by Western journalists when reporting on this topic and offers a range of alternative journalistic techniques that will help news media practitioners move away from dominant news values and conventions when reporting on Islam.

The book is based on an extensive review of international literature and interviews with news media editors, copy-editors, senior reporters, social media editors, in-house journalism trainers and journalism educators, conducted for the Reporting Islam Project. In addition, the use of an original model – the Transformative Journalism Model – provides further insight into the nature of news reports about Muslims and Islam. The findings collated here help to identify the best and worst reporting practices adopted by different news outlets, as well as the factors which have influenced them. Building on this, the authors outline a new strategy for more accurate, fair and informed reporting of stories relating to Muslims and Islam.

By combining an overview of different journalistic approaches with real-world accounts from professionals and advice on best practice, journalists, journalism educators and students will find this book a useful guide to contemporary news coverage of Islam.

chapter 1|8 pages


chapter 2|12 pages

Setting the scene

chapter 4|10 pages

Problems and effects

News media coverage of Islam and its potential implications

chapter 5|11 pages

Approaches for more ethical coverage

Peace journalism, constructive journalism and solutions journalism

chapter 7|12 pages

A model for transformative journalism

chapter 9|8 pages

Reporting Muslim women – veiling

chapter 11|10 pages

Reporting sharia and halal

chapter 12|13 pages

News media coverage of mosques

chapter 14|10 pages


Implementing inclusive approaches to reporting on Muslims, production and audience considerations