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Podcast: New Media Outlet Seeks to Serve Muslim-American Community in New York

A coalition of interfaith organizations called "Today I Am a Muslim Too" rallied against the upcoming Congressional hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims

A coalition of interfaith organizations rallied against the Congressional hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims. (Photo: Mohsin Zaheer)

Muslim Community Report is a brand-new print newspaper and website covering the diverse set of Muslim and African communities in the New York metropolitan area. In this podcast episode, Fi2W’s John Rudolph speaks with the paper’s primary reporter and editor, Arao Ameny, and publisher Sheikh Moussa Drammeh about the mission and target audience of the new venture.

Editor’s note: After this podcast was published Feet in Two Worlds learned that Arao Ameny resigned as editor of Muslim Community Report citing editorial differences with the publisher.

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The project is an expansion of Youth Community Report, a newspaper primarily written by youth who attend Drammeh’s school in the Bronx, the Islamic Leadership School.

Drammeh wants MCR to be considered a mainstream newspaper, but at the same time, it has the stated goal of challenging stereotypes about Muslim communities that emerged after 9/11.

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Feet in Two Worlds is supported by the New York Community Trust and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with additional support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation and the Sirus Fund.  Feet in Two Worlds podcasts are supported in part by WNYC, New York Public Radio.

AboutFeet in Two Worlds
Feet in Two Worlds brings the work of immigrant and ethnic media journalists from communities across the U.S. to public radio and the web. Since 2005, this award-winning project has expanded the diversity of voices and stories on public radio by presenting the work of journalists representing a broad spectrum of immigrant communities including Arab, Bosnian, Brazilian, Chinese, Haitian, Indian, Irish, Latin American, Pakistani, Polish, and Russian immigrants. Feet in Two Worlds reporters appear on nationally-distributed public radio programs including PRI’s The World, Studio 360, and The Takeaway, American Public Media’s Marketplace and NPR’s Latino USA, as well as on public radio stations WNYC, New York Public Radio, and WDET in Detroit.