Tasmiha Khan was a 2022 RJI Fellow. She created the Muslim Media Toolkit.
This toolkit includes how to best address Muslims and Islam in the media, including correct terms and templates for journalists who are writing or referring to Muslims in their work. These templates will also include sample language for Ramadan and Eid, along with other terms and guides.
“I want to change the narrative about Muslims in the media. 9/11 was more than 20 years ago, but it is still part of the public consciousness, and it’s not difficult to pick up a newspaper and find harmful language and stereotypes,” Khan said. “My project is meant to help journalists write more accurately and sensitively about a culture and people they might not know a lot about.”
Khan is an experienced journalist who has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, and other esteemed outlets. She is active in the Muslim community mentoring and coaching young professionals.