I teach in the Master of Media in Journalism and Communication program; the Media, Information and Technoculture program; and the Media in the Public Interest program.
My courses include: Audio and Visual Storytelling Skills; Shoot for the Heart: Harnessing the Power of Video Storytelling; Reporting from the Margins: Journalism, Storytelling and Social Justice; and Multimedia Journalism: An Introduction. In 2015 I was honoured with the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.
As the internship coordinator for the MMJC program I set up internships for graduate students at communication and news organizations across Canada and around the world.
My areas of research include international news, news coverage of the peripheries, mobile journalism, multimedia reporting, and data journalism.
Prior to joining the Faculty of Information and Media Studies I spent 15 years as a multimedia journalist with some of the biggest news networks in the world. I worked in newsrooms and in the field for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the British Broadcasting Corporation and Al Jazeera English TV. I’ve lived and worked across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and South Asia. I took one year away from journalism to work in communications. I helped run Iraq’s first elections after Saddam Hussein. I worked in Washington, D.C. as the Chief of External Relations for the Iraq Out of Country Voting Program and then I was posted to Baghdad to serve as an international adviser to Iraq’s Electoral Commission.
- Part of the team that launched Al Jazeera English from its broadcast centre in Washington, D.C.
- Worked as a foreign correspondent in my own country by covering Canada for Al Jazeera English. As a Video Journalist I covered stories from across the country.
- Opened and ran a mini-news bureau in New Delhi.
- Interviewed the Dalai Lama as part of my coverage of the Tibetan Exile community in India.
- Covered numerous US and Canadian national elections.
- Reported on Ottawa’s apology to indigenous Canadians for residential schools and also covered the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
- Helped lead a $10-million voting program for Iraqis in the United States where in a period of five weeks we grew from a team of three to staff of 1,300 with offices and polling centres in Washington, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles.
- Served as the spokesperson for the Out of Country Voting Program in the US where I was interviewed by many of the biggest newspapers in the country and by most of the major American TV networks.