Shaheryar Popalzai

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ICFJ Knight Fellow Shaheryar Popalzai is a digital journalist based in Pakistan with a focus on news innovation, digital media strategy and data-driven journalism. Popalzai is a co-founder of Hacks/Hackers Pakistan, a community of technologists, social scientists, designers and journalists collaborating to create data-driven projects and tools. He also helped organize and manage Pakistan's first data bootcamp. As a Knight Fellow, he will continue to train journalists to work with new tools and technologies.

From 2010 to 2013, Popalzai managed the digital news team at The Express Tribune. He also managed special projects at the newspaper, including 2013 election coverage for the print and online editions. After leaving the Tribune, Popalzai worked with Geo TV Network to revamp the online presence of The News International. He also experimented with drones for reporting during his time at the group. Popalzai has consulted with local media groups on setting up digital newsrooms and has also conducted workshops and lectures on digital and data-driven journalism.

Latest Stories

5 free strategies to boost your newsroom's innovation

Newsrooms around the world are building teams dedicated to producing innovative content. ICFJ Knight Fellow Shaheryar Popalzai has tips to implement one of these teams in your newsroom. 

Shaheryar Popalzai | January 17, 2018

What you need to know to get started with Facebook Live

Livestreaming online via Facebook Live can help news organizations reach a wider social media audience at little to no cost.

Shaheryar Popalzai | August 18, 2016
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Tips for immersing audiences using 360° video

ICFJ Knight Fellow Shaheryar Popalzai discusses the top factors you should consider if you’re considering shooting your own 360° video content.

Shaheryar Popalzai | May 30, 2016

The secret to igniting digital innovation in the newsroom

How can newsrooms become more innovative in the digital landscape? According to ICFJ Knight Fellow Shaheryar Popalzai, building teams and cultivating skills are essential.

Shaheryar Popalzai | February 04, 2016

How journalists can start using data in Pakistan

ICFJ Knight Fellow Shaheryar Popalzai offers advice and recommendations for journalists starting out in data journalism in Pakistan, where new sources of data are opening up.

Shaheryar Popalzai | October 07, 2015