School of Journalism Editor in Residence Joe Grimm is the 2014 recipient of the Fairness In Media Award presented by the Michigan Muslim Community Council. He received the award Nov. 2 at the 28th Annual Unity Banquet, which helps bring Michigan Muslim communities together.
"It is humbling to be recognized just for doing what you should do," Grimm said. "American Muslims are under intense pressure these days. Every time someone acts with violence in the name of Islam but in contradiction to its teachings, Muslims are victimized twice. First, the attacks are usually directed against other Muslims and second, they find themselves under suspicion. It is not fair to them or to us, their neighbors and fellow citizens. Good journalism has to be part of the answer."
Grimm has helped to educate the public on issues surrounding Arab Americans. In 2000, he created "100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans" and posted it the day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. It became a timely, well-read publication. The guide was one of the inspirations for the School of Journalism's "Bias Busters" series, which Grimm launched in 2013 with the goal of using journalism to combat biases and stereotypes and to encourage conversation among people.
So far, six books in the series have been published. A seventh guide on Muslim Americans will be released this month. The series also includes questions and answers about Americans, Arab Americans, East Asian Cultures, Hispanics and Latinos, Indian Americans, and Native Americas. Next semester, a guide about Jewish Americans will be created.
Along with his commitment to teaching students in the classroom, Grimm is the faculty adviser for the student chapters of the Society for Professional Journalists and MSU Association of Black Journalists. He also is part of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences team that has worked with professionals at Saudi Aramco in Saudi Arabia.Share via these networks: