Dear Colleague:

Knight Ridder and the Detroit Free Press are honored to publish "100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans" as part of our ongoing effort to improve the news media by improving our collective understanding of the diverse communities we seek to write about and serve. The "100 Questions and Answers About Arab Americans" resource guide is one of three publications Knight Ridder is helping publish in 2000, all aimed at moving the knowledge needle forward in all aspects of newspapering. With the help of the Wichita Eagle and in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association, we are publishing a second edition of "One Hundred Questions, 500 Nations," a resource guide on Native Americans. In partnership with the Asian American Journalists Association, we are sponsoring publication of its important manual of style and usage for those covering and seeking to serve people with Asian backgrounds.

These documents aren't intended to answer all questions. We are confident they will help provide some basic background that will promote more enlightened newspapering in all respects. Please read these documents, make use of them in your everyday work and share them with colleagues as required reading for people who want to succeed in newspapering.


Tony Ridder
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board
Knight Ridder



We are grateful for the thoughtful suggestions of many people who contributed to the preparation of this resource guide. They include Nabeel Abraham, Henry Ford Community College; Hannah Allam, the Pioneer Press; Anan Ameri, Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Service; Lama Bakri, Arabica; Haifa Fakhouri, Arab-American and Chaldean Council; Allan Gale, Detroit Jewish Community Council; Jeffrey Ghannam, American Bar Association Journal; Imad Hamad, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Richard Jones, Lee University; Lila LaHood, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram; Craig Matsuda, Los Angeles Times; Imam Hassan Qazwini, the Islamic Center of America; Ann Rasmussen, College of William and Mary; Ruth Seymour, Wayne State University; James Zogby, Arab American Institute.

People at the Free Press who helped include Tamara Audi, Betty Jean Collver, Alex Cruden, David Crumm, Steve Dorsey, Sally Farhat, Sally Tato, Howard Davy and Kari Wilson.

Knight Ridder support came from Jacqui Love Marshall and Reginald A. Stuart.

  Joe Grimm
Recruiting and development editor
Detroit Free Press
600 W. Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48226


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