Résumé


Work Experience 

Founding Team Member and Editor-in-chief, Bangladeshi Identity Project
New York, NY, Dec 2017 – Present

  • Report, commission, edit, and fact-check feature stories and current events on diaspora experiences of Bangladeshis around the world. Publish 2-3 stories monthly

Reporter, NBC Oxygen
New York, NY, June – Aug 2018

  • Reported on ICE detentions and operations, hate-speech crimes across the country, Supreme Court

    rulings, reviewed court documents and police reports

  • Reported on sexual abuse allegations against politicians, the Catholic Church

Atlas for Africa Intern, Quartz
New York, NY, Dec 2017 – Present

  • Produce data visualization charts with the Atlas for Africa project, an initiative of Code4Africa

  • Produce stories and charts on the region on migration | economy | environment

Syndicate Intern, The New York Times
New York, NY, Sep 2017 – Jan 2018

  • Trained in fact-checking techniques to fact-check stories for the Syndicate

  • General editing and processing of features, columns and news for The New York Times Syndication Sales Corporation

  • Maintaining and organizing information on business relationships between the Syndicate, its clients and publication partners

  • Coordinating with promotions and sales department

Research, Accuracy and Data Intern, Global Press Journal
Washington, D.C., June – Aug 2017

  • Trained in fact-checking techniques: edited and fact-checked stories from reporters in Africa and South Asia

  • Produced visualizations for stories on bird flu epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, foreign economy in Uganda, tea-estates in Sri Lanka, refugee population in Mexico

  • Assisted with restructuring GPJ style-guide

Staff Reporter/Editor, Dhaka Tribune
Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan 2013 – July 2016

  • Covered and broke stories on human rights issues: minority rights, LGBT activism, and women’s health. Broke stories about: the first LGBT magazine launch (picked up by AFP and Reuters); a sustainable factory being run by garment workers who survived the 2013 factory collapse (picked up by AFP and Reuters); shutdown of satirical website in Bangladesh

  • Social media Editor: Introduced live-updating and carried out live-updates on the aftermath of 2013 factory collapse; May 2013 Islamists rally in Dhaka; Live-updated on personal social media the July 2016 ISIS attack in Dhaka

  • International News Editor: Edited international stories, analyses and reports for print and web

International Center for Journalists Digital Media Fellow, AJ+
San Francisco, CA, April – May 2016

  • U.S. State Department-funded digital media fellowship to cover issues of South Asian diaspora in the U.S.

  • Awarded 2nd prize for multimedia story on mental health of immigrant Bangladeshi women in New York.

  • Received training on social media strategies and worked with social media team

  • Received training on digital media coverage of hard news stories related to mental health, immigrant communities

Research Intern – ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) Fellow, Democracy Reporting International
Berlin, Aug – Oct 2014

  • Completed a Needs Assessment preliminary research election observation in Bangladesh

  • Assisted in research on election observation, local elections, human rights situation in Pakistan and Myanmar

Editorial Assistant, New Age
Dhaka, Bangladesh, July – Dec 2012

  • Executed the editing and make-up of editorial, Op-Ed and letters to the editor pages

  • Wrote editorials twice every week and bi-weekly Op-Ed articles

Student Reporter, The S&B: Grinnell College Weekly Newspaper
Grinnell, IA Aug 2008 – May 2010; Jan 2011 - May 2012

  • Reported local elections and campus events such as theatre productions and community services

  • Ran weekly features that profiled alumni, students, faculty, staff and town residents

Intern Reporter, Talk Radio News Service
Washington D.C., Sep – Dec. 2010

  • Daily correspondent from the Capitol about press briefings and conference calls

  • Covered the 2010 mayoral elections in Washington, D.C.; former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s talk on U.S. relations with Pakistan; activist Gina Davis’ talk on UN’s work on women’s rights; rallies for peacekeeping in Sudan

Development Intern, BRAC
Dhaka, Bangladesh June – Aug 2011

  • Tutored 90 middle-school children in English and Math in 3 villages across the country

  • Participated as a BRAC representative at Agriculture and Microfinance meetings organized for underprivileged communities

  • onducted field visits and interviewed beneficiaries to assess success of “Targeting the Ultra Poor” Program

Intern Copywriter, Unitrend Limited-A McCann Erickson Affiliate
Dhaka Bangladesh June – Aug 2010

  • Assisted in writing and designing print advertisements

  • Trained in designing Television Commercials, Radio Commercial

  • Created brochure for Ma’Haad International School

Reporter, ICE Today
Dhaka, Bangladesh June – Aug 2008; June – Aug 2009

  • Covered the 2008 and 2009 Dhaka Fashion Week and the nationwide launch of Bvlgari cologne for men

  • Interviewed celebrities, “Young Achievers” and “Women On the Move” competition winners

  • dited press releases and articles written by fellow reporters


Education

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York                                                                                                            
M.S. in Journalism (2017) 

  • Received Honors from Dean Steve Coll in Rise & Fall narrative profile writing of immigrant Bangladeshi worker

  • Covered New York south Asian workers under President Trump’s presidency for Trumplandia magazine

  • Longform magazine piece on childhood sexual violence and mental health in south Asian families across the U.S.

  • Seminar: Reporting on refugees with data visualization

  • Longform narrative piece on community of girls from secular families who migrated to Brooklyn for an Orthodox Jewish life

Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA                                                                                                                 
B.A. in Sociology, Global Development Studies (2012)

Mahindra United World College (UWC), Pune, India
International Baccalaureate Diploma (2008)


Skills and Interests

  • Graphic Designing: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop

  • DataData Visualization and Graphic Design: HTML, Java, CSS, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, QGIS

    Language: Fluent in English, Bengali; spoken Hindi;
    entry level Spanish and Chinese

  • Digital Media: Web Production, CMS, Wordpress

  • Language: Fluent in English, Bengali; spoken Hindi

  • Multimedia: Adobe Premiere (Video), Adobe Audition (Audio)


Extracurricular/Volunteer Activities

VOICES Trainer, Asian American Journalists Association
New York, NY/Houston, TX, May – Aug 2018
Trained a group of four student journalists across the country working on a longform story on generational trauma, presented at the 2018 Asian American Journalists Association Convention

President, Women In Media
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
New York, NY, Sep 2016 – May 2017

  • Raised $200 in funds for annual Women In Media spring conference

  • Organized and hosted panel talk with Lynn Povich and Jessica Bennett

  • Organized screening of Good Girls Revolt

Dhaka Hub Shaper, Global Shaper (initiative of World Economic Forum)
Dhaka, Bangladesh, June 2015 – July 2016

  • Social media and communications coordinator

  • Co-led and facilitated workshop for 30 participants on disability inclusion in the workplace

  • Assisted organizing the first-ever football tournament for underprivileged children in Dhaka

Founder and Facilitator, Ampersand: Spoken Word Group
Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 2015 – July 2016

  • Facilitated writing workshops on spoken word, creative writing, poetry

  • Organized global poetry event 100 Thousand Poets for Change (October 2015)

  • Organized spoken word events in Dhaka

Supporting Vocal (Soprano), Ghaashphoring Choir
Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 2015 – July 2016

Volunteer Tutor, Grinnell Prison Program
Mitchellville, IA, Sep – Dec 2011

  • Tutored GED English and Mathematics for inmates at Iowa Correctional Institute for Women

  • Facilitated learning sessions with games with inmates at Iowa Correctional Institute for Women


Honors, Scholarships, Fellowships

 

  • SAJA Internship Scholar
    Washington, D.C., July – Aug. 2017

  • International Center for Journalists Fellow
    San Francisco, April – May 2016

  • ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) Fellow
    Berlin, Aug. – Oct. 2014

  • Foreign Language and Service Fellow
    Grinnell/Dhaka June – Aug. 2011 

  • Davis United World College Scholar
    Grinnell College, Aug. 2008 – May 2012

  • K.C. Mahindra Scholar
    Mahindra United World College, India, Aug. 2006 – May 2008


References

  • Steve Coll, Dean and Professor, Columbia Journalism School, steve.coll@columbia.edu

  • Michael Shapiro, Professor, Columbia Journalism School, ms106@columbia.edu

  • Syed Zain Al-Mahmood, Journalist, Wall Street Journal, zain.al-mahmood@wsj.com, zain.syed07@gmail.com