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The author, a journalist, reflects on their experience of listening to a lecture at their local mosque where they found validation in their faith and belief in the command to fact-check and avoid spreading rumors. They express their disappointment in the US media's ability to change and their hope to make a difference as a journalist. The author also discusses their desire to be a correspondent for a US media outlet reporting on the Middle East, despite feeling isolated in their career choice in a city with a large Arab population.
I struggled to see how I was making a difference sometimes as a journalist, but in that moment, my faith reassured me that my efforts, no matter how small, were seen and rewarded by God Himself.
I constantly reminded myself that my purpose in journalism is to share factual and important information and to put my best work forward. I hoped one day I would be a correspondent for a US media outlet and get sent to the Middle East to report instead of one of the white journalists I usually saw on television. This was a lofty goal for someone who grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, the city with one of the largest Arab populations in the United States. Despite being surrounded by people like me, I felt isolated when I chose to study journalism, as the majority of my peers had gone into engineering and medicine.
I hoped one day I would be a correspondent for a US media outlet and get sent to the Middle East to report instead of one of the white journalists I usually saw on television.