Journalist. Media development professional

Assimilation: The journey of a thousa...

Assimilation: The journey of a thousand miles starts with ‘Snooki’
I just got back from an eight-day trip to California where I embarked on a journey of discovery. As an East Coaster, I wanted to understand that foreign part of the country, home to the “chilled”, the “pot-smokers,” the outdoor enthusiasts, and the technology-savvy. My husband and I along with friends we stayed with an [...]

Forget Wikileaks for a bit and ponder...

Forget Wikileaks for a bit and ponder this: Social media journalism
While many are arguing nowadays whether Wikileaks is a new kind of journalism, and whether journalists should learn from its founder Julian Assange or just stay away from him as much as possible, I want to discuss a new kind of journalism that has knocked my socks off: Social Media journalism. This is a term I coined after reading a heart-wre [...]

Journalism is not dead, long live jou...

Journalism is not dead, long live journalism
Lately, I’ve been driving my husband crazy. I’m always distracted. My mind is simply elsewhere. I’m presently living “on planet Natasha,” to quote his description of my current state of mind. The reason is simple. There is so much innovation going on in the realm of digital journalism and its integration with soc [...]

Jordanian Christians are in a fine sh...

Jordanian Christians are in a fine shape but still a ‘minority’
The most recent horrific attack on Christians in Iraq struck a personal cord with me. Of all the attacks happening daily in Iraq, this one somehow hit home. It might have been the way the worshippers were ambushed during Sunday mass and then slaughtered that’s causing me to lose sleep. It is horrifying to realize that the only reason th [...]

While young Muslims deliver flowers, ...

While young Muslims deliver flowers, the US media fails twice
While the US media was having a field day with a non-story about a fringe pastor who wanted to burn the Quran, and while Islamophobia and anti-Muslim incidents were skyrocketing including urinating in a mosque and attacking a Muslim cab driver, young Muslims in a small city in the Middle East delivered flowers to a church. This was a “g [...]