Danya Hajjaji

Multimedia Journalist


Phone: (646) 724-9713
Email: danya.hajjaji@gmail.com
Twitter: @danyahaj
LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/2whyhiv


Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY                                                                      May 2017
Master of Science, focus on magazine writing, narrative journalism, audio reporting and multimedia skills. Reported on various subjects, such as a breaking news story on ex-felon voting rights and an audio piece on Orthodox Jewish Donald Trump voters. Learned to code multiplatform stories. Wrote a 5,000-word master’s project on ex-Muslim women. 

University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom                                                                                                       July 2016
Bachelor of Arts in media and communications, with coursework in globalization, digital culture, advertising and television. Wrote a dissertation on the representation of Arab women in film, which included an interview with Speed Sisters director Amber Fares.


Web Intern, Agence France-Presse, Washington, DC                                                      September 2017 – December 2017
Created multimedia packages for AFP newswire clients. Copyedited news articles. Selected and captioned photos, videos and graphics to effectively illustrate stories. Created a daily photo gallery for AFP’s website. Produced social media posts with relevant photos and videos for AFP’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Worked closely with newsroom teams beyond the web desk in regards to visuals, copyediting and translation.

Editorial Intern, The Triumphant Scoop, New York, NY                                                         July 2017 – September 2017
Pitched and reported feature stories and listicles. Wrote about city life, fashion, food, entertainment and travel. Attended, reported and photographed events such as New York Men’s Fashion Week.

Radio co-host, URF News Show, Brighton, United Kingdom                                                 September 2014 – May 2016
Contributed local and international stories to the news bulletin. Ignited and participated in thought-provoking lively discussions with co-hosts. Attracted listeners in the UK and abroad through social media promotion.

Freelance contributor, The International Political Forum                                                        April 2013 – October 2015
Wrote an op-ed on street harassment in Libya. Reported and wrote an article on LGBTQ+ Arabs. Became the first ever recipient of IPF’s “Contributor of the Month” award.


Languages: Fluent in English, French and Arabic. Intermediate Spanish.
Digital Skills: Microsoft Office, CMS, HTML, CSS, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite, IRIS Software, iTerm, Sublime Text, Xcode, Sketch, GitHub.
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Slack, Asana, DataMinr, WordPress, Medium, Tumblr, YouTube, SoundCloud.
Other: Appeared as a guest on BBC World Service’s “The Cultural Frontline” to discuss Libyan art. Contributed to a data piece on the social media presence of local newsrooms for the Columbia Journalism Review. Produced Facebook Live broadcasts of events such as riots on Donald Trump’s inauguration day. Took photos of the JFK airport Muslim Ban protests, which were published in Resource Magazine. Featured in a Svenska Dagbladet article on misogyny in post-revolution Libya. Cited in Gender, Women and the Arab Spring by Andrea Khalil. Worked as an English teacher for underprivileged children in Tripoli, Libya. Served as media officer for Brighton and Sussex Friends of Médecins Sans Frontières.


References available upon request.