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         EDUCATION

      Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism                                                                                                                                         Master of Science with focus on multimedia storytelling. Coursework on deadline writing, beat reporting, narrative and feature               writing, video reporting and audience engagement. Multimedia stories include a written piece on how tech can aid the Middle               East refugee crisis; a study on gender inequality in New York’s professional kitchens; profiles of East Harlem’s Puerto immigrant           communities; and homeless youth who express themselves through public art.

 The American University in Cairo, 2007-2009                                                                                                                                    Bachelor of Arts Cum Laude: Middle Eastern Studies. Minor: Comparative English Literature, Anthropology.

 The Global College of Long Island University, 2004-2006                                                                                                      Coursework in Comparative Literature & Media Studies based in the UK, China, Thailand, India and Turkey.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Editor & Web Producer, Al-Monitor, New York, NY. 2013-2016                                                                                                               Edited daily content for online news outlet focusing on commentary in the Middle East region. Collaborated with editors from international bureaus (based in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Turkey and the Gulf). Responsibilities included content, headline and photo editing. Served as point person for final publication of daily English and foreign language news.

Freelance Journalist and Editor, Cairo and New York, 2008-Present                                                                                                Focus on issues of contemporary arts and social movements in the Middle East and North Africa. Explore changing relationships between the US and the Middle East through art, economy and education. Covered Middle East climate change for AlertNet Climate of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, arts & culture features for The Majalla magazine, special articles for the features section of amNewYork, as well as local news for Patch/AOL chapters in Brooklyn, NY.

Media Editor, ArteEast, New York, NY 2013                                                                                                                               Spearheaded production of social media publications for a New York-based nonprofit in support of the arts in the Middle East. Initiated outreach to engage emerging artists across the region, including launching and editing the organization’s blog and promoting online and live programming to support audience growth.

Project Editor, Noozz, Cairo and New York, 2011-2013                                                                                                                  Managed a team of 10 editors, writers and graphic designers producing a line of 150 reports covering market analysis across major sectors in 18 countries in the Middle East. Coordinated and supervised report research, writing, editing, photo and design layout.

Assistant Editor, Media Republic, Cairo, Egypt, 2010-2011                                                                                                             Managed editorial content for digital arts and culture publication. Liaised with local media, managed writing staff and headed creative planning. Produced daily original content covering latest cultural trends and emerging artists to watch, bringing readers a dynamic vision of Cairo’s urban culture. As a key editorial team member, applied expertise in best SEO practice, CMS management and digital publishing, including social media communications and targeted readership growth strategies.

LANGUAGES: English: Native Speaker        Arabic: Conversational               French: Advanced intermediate

SKILLS: Arts & culture reporting; Magazine writing, editing and editorial management; Multimedia reporting (video and audio); Audience engagement; CMS management; Photo and digital editing; Copy editing; Fact checking and research; Adobe Creative Cloud: PremierPro, LightRoom, Audition, Photoshop, InDesign, InCopy, Illustrator

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