AMEJA will launch a searchable database of experts of Middle Eastern/North African heritage available for interview on a wide variety of topics — from speaking about our region of the world and our communities, to climate change to parenting. To be added, or to suggest a contact please email firstname.lastname@example.org
AMEJA's board met on Saturday, Aug 13th. The board was briefed by the coordinators of the digital, resource, mentorship, events and fundraising committees on their recent meetings. The board also discussed the upcoming launch of the new website and the upcoming AMEJA 2022 Awards.
AMEJA's newly-formed Resource Committee met to discuss possible resources and guides AMEJA can develop. Member of the committee proposed several topics and agreed to share more ideas before deciding on their first project.
The AMEJA mentorship committee met with Dima Hamdan, the editor of the Marie Colvin Journalism Network (MCJN) to learn about the organization's mentorship model as the committee starts to discuss the type of program it wants to have for AMEJA's members.
AMEJA announced its jury panel, which includes award-winning journalists from NPR, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, and NYU's Journalism School
Best coverage of the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region
Best coverage of MENA immigrant and heritage communities in North America
The Walid El-Gabry Memorial Award, named after one of AMEJA’s founders to recognize the work of an AMEJA member
The first two prizes are open to all journalists and will be voted on by a jury panel. The jury panel includes:
Mohamad Bazzi, NYU Journalism Professor and Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies Director
Nima Elbagir, CNN Chief International Investigative Correspondent
Leila Fadel, NPR Morning Edition Host
Kareem Fahim, Washington Post Middle East Bureau Chief
Ayman Mohyeldin, MSNBC Host of ‘AYMAN’
Jason Rezaian, Washington Post Columnist and #544Days Podcast Host
"Promoting accurate and nuanced coverage of the Middle East and North Africa regions and people is at the core of our mission," said AMEJA President Hoda Osman. "We're excited to launch the AMEJA Awards so we can lift up exceptional news coverage by journalists working tirelessly to get the story right."
AMEJA is accepting submissions now through August 28, 2022. To be eligible, the work must have been published, in English, between January 1, 2021 and August 1, 2022.All formats are welcome, from print to podcasts and everything in between. AMEJA plans to announce the winners in the fall of 2022.
The link to submit a nomination is here.
For more information or to speak with a member of AMEJA’s leadership team, contact email@example.com.
AMEJA hosted a panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington DC on July 28th to honor Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Speakers included Laila Al-Arian, Laila Barghouti, Rhana Natour and the event was moderated by Zahra Hankir. A recording of the event can be found here.
AMEJA’s board held its monthly board meeting virtually on Wednesday July 6th, 2022. The board discussed the recently-formed volunteer committees, the 2022 AMEJA Awards and a DC event to honor Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
The New York Times published an OpEd by AMEJA member Maurice Chammah entitled
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