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Summary

Freelance journalist with extensive research and interviewing skills. Fluent in Farsi and French. Strong capacity for absorbing and summarizing dense academic material for popular consumption. Well travelled. Curiosity driven.

Work History

Mar 2011Mar 2015

Maternity Leave

Jul 2008Feb 2011

Freelance journalist

New internationalist, times london, the guardian, jadidonline.com, j magazine, traveller magazine, wire magazine

Contributed articles on Middle Eastern culture, art and politics. Particular area of expertise: Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan. Included travelling to Iran and Iraq, and conducting interviews in Farsi as well as English.

Samples: 

New Internationalist Interview with Afghani MP Malalai Joya

New Internationalist article on Iranian Film in London

Jadidonline multimedia report on Iranian presence in Kurdistan

Guardian article on media training in Afghanistan

Jul 2008Sep 2010

Editor

TOUCH Magazine

Writing and commissioning articles; sub-editing; design and layout for six issues. Managing a team of three (Deputy Editor, Designer and Distribution/print manager).

Sep 2008Oct 2008

Editorial Intern

traveller magazine (Wexas)

Contributions to magazine included the 'Far Horizons' column on Benin and the article 'Dream on'" the Northern Lights in Iceland.

Nov 2006Nov 2007

Researcher

Agency.com (digital comms agency), london

Designed, conducted and published research on the 'Identifying Influencers in the digital age: the Uploader Research', published in WOMMA Research Anthology, Measuring Word of Mouth Vol. 3

Assisted Chairman Andy Hobsbawn with research for his book on social media. Involved reading and summarizing dense literature for his secondary use.

Jul 2004Jan 2005

Research and Policy Intern (paid)

Centre for economic and social inclusion, london

Conducted research, authored following publications: 'Integration Through Employment', Inclusion Policy Paper No. 2, Nov 2004; Feature article 'Refugees and the labour market', Working Brief no. 159

May 2004Jun 2004

Research Project Manager

Teenage Pregnancy Unity, Lambeth Council, London

Interviewing teenagers about causes of high teenage pregnancy, evaluating, summarizing and report writing.

higher Education

Oct 2008Feb 2009

Graduate Certificate in Magazine Journalism

NCTJ,  London

Feature writing, News Writing, Media Law, Shorthand, Public Affairs, Business of Magazines, Subediting, including Quark Express.

Jan 2005Sep 2006

MA European Social Theory

University college london

Dissertation: Adorno and The Frankfurt School.

Sep 2003Sep 2004

Diploma in International Politics

Institut d'etudes politiques, lyon

Public Law 17/20; European Geopolitics: 15/20 (best foreign student grades)

Sep 2000Jul 2003

BA Hons English and French

Queen Mary, university of london

First Class. Best student grades for French Philosophy. ERASMUS student exchange with Tours Universite, France in 2002.