About

10Shadi Rahimi is Deputy Producer at Al Jazeera’s online channel AJ+. She is formerly the Acting Executive Producer of the Engagement team, which manages AJ+’s social media platforms. She is now the lead producer of a news gathering team she created that travels to cover major breaking news. She is also a #mojo advocate who uses mobile phones to film, photograph and live stream breaking news.

She is a columnist for the Poynter Institute, and is co-directing Boys of the Bullet, a documentary about the Egyptian revolution as experienced by Ultras.

Her past work has appeared in publications includingThe New York Times, Mother Jones, St. Petersburg Times, The Huffington Post, Rolling Stone Middle East, Al-Monitor, BBC and others.

During her three years reporting on Egypt, Shadi helped launch 18 Days In Egypt: A Collaborative Web-Documentary Project about the Egyptian Revolution. She hired and trained young Egyptians in citizen journalism, and led the launch in Cairo. The project was awarded an Honorary Mention in the Digital Communities Category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2012, was selected by the Sundance Institute New Frontier Lab and was named one of the Moments of Innovation in Participatory Documentary by MIT Open Documentary Lab & IDFA DocLab.

For her work she has been awarded the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace, the Chips Quinn Fellowship, the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, and an Award of Excellence from the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild. Most recently she was selected as one of 25 women for the inaugural ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree in media studies from the University of San Francisco.

For the past 13 years, Shadi has also worked to train communities to create their own media. For a decade she co-directed a nonprofit she co-founded, Seventh Native American Generation (SNAG), which trains Native American and urban youth in media production. In 2009 she helped organize a delegation of Native young adults who traveled to the West Bank and Israel, where she led writing workshops and helped youth blog and create social media accounts.

She later worked as the Communications Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, a nonprofit that advocates for equality and rights in the American juvenile justice system, and as a communication/PR consultant and organizer for a human rights NGO.

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