• Date: Sunday, April 23
  • Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Place: Islamic Center, 745 Heim Road http://www.isnf.org/masjid-an-noor
  • Cost: Nothing to attend, eat, listen, or talk

Is the term “Islamic terrorist” accurate or offensive? When should reporters mention the faith of a source? How do Buffalo’s news organizations cover faith communities? How should they?

You don’t have to cover the Mideast, terrorism, or politics to face practical and ethical issues about reporting on the world’s second-biggest religion.

Journalists, clergy and Muslim leaders will teach each other about how they approach these topics – and maybe everyone will learn something new.

Get inside the story…

Come to the Islamic Center, break bread with us as we break down the issues.

This is a give-and-take, back-and-forth, plus a free meal. No question is stupid, and all answers are open-minded.

Afternoon prayers will begin our discussion and you’re welcome to observe and learn.

Panelists include:

  • Lee Coppola, award-winning print and television reporter, former assistant U.S. attorney, former dean of St. Bonaventure Journalism School.
  • Rich Kellman, 40-year veteran broadcast journalist TV news anchor, film maker and winner of two Emmys and the Edward R. Murrow Award.
  • Gamileh Jamil, is the Executive Director, of ACCESS Buffalo and serves on the Erie County Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. She holds a master’s degree in health administration.
  • Dr. Khalid J. Qazi, Professor of Medicine, UB, Past President & Chair, Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier, Founding President, MPAC-WNY, recipient of numerous regional and national awards.
  • Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, A native New Yorker who, in July 2017, began his 18th year in the rabbinate as one of three clergy serving Temple Beth Zion.
  • Reverend Thomas Yorty, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo leads a congregation committed to multi-faith understanding and collaboration, social justice and progressive values.
  • Imam Syed Khalilullah Qadri, holds degrees in Islamic studies from South Africa and is the imam for the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier.

Moderators:

  • Jody K. BIehl, Director of the UB Journalism Program
  • Rasul Khan, Islamic Center

The event is sponsored by a grant from The Society of Professional Journalists and organized by Jody K. Biehl, director of the University at Buffalo’s journalism program. The event is co-sponsored by the Islamic Center, Temple Beth Zion and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

 

The Panel

Lee Coppola

Panelist: Lee Coppola, award-winning print and television reporter, former assistant U.S. attorney, former dean of St. Bonaventure Journalism School.

Rich Kellman

Panelist: Rich Kellman, 40-year veteran broadcast journalist TV news anchor, film maker and winner of two Emmys and the Edward R. Murrow Award.

Gamileh Jamil

Panelist: Gamileh Jamil, is the Executive Director, of ACCESS Buffalo and serves on the Erie County Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. She holds a master’s degree in health administration.

Rabbi Jonathan Freirich

Panelist: Rabbi Jonathan Freirich, A native New Yorker who, in July 2017, began his 18th year in the rabbinate as one of three clergy serving Temple Beth Zion.

Reverend Tom Yorty

Panelist: Reverend Thomas Yorty, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Buffalo leads a congregation committed to multi-faith understanding and collaboration, social justice and progressive values.

Imam Syed Khalilullah Qadri

Panelist: Imam Syed Khalilullah Qadri, holds degrees in Islamic studies from South Africa and is the imam for the Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier.

Panelist Dr. Khalid J. Qazi is a Professor of Medicine, UB, Past President & Chair, Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier, Founding President, MPAC-WNY, recipient of numerous regional and national awards.

 

Jody Kleinberg Biehl, head of the UB journalism program

Moderator: Jody Kleinberg Biehl, head of the UB journalism program                              

Rasul Kahn, President, Islamic Society of Niagara Frontier

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