But Singh suggested that journalists shouldn’t wait for incidents such as the shooting to explicate minority religions. Rather, journalists should make ongoing efforts to find feature stories about people in minority communities. Such actions would not only prepare journalists to cover the community, but also would inform audiences about another sliver of America.

Tanveer Ali is a Chicago-based freelance journalist who has reported for the Chicago News Cooperative, WBEZ, and GOOD Magazine, among others. A former staff writer at the Detroit News, Tanveer received a master's in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism. He is currently a regular contributor to DNAinfo.com Chicago's breaking news team.