Hi, my name is Hafsa!
I am a student at the University of South Florida pursuing a B.A. in Mass Communications with a minor in Psychology. I expect to graduate in May 2019.
I am currently interning at NPR in Washington, D.C. During my internship, I will be supporting the National Desk, comprised of 50 reporters and editors across the nation. I will assist the team in covering all topics of national news, from hurricanes to the White House.
I was formerly a radio news intern for WUSF Public Media, Tampa Bay’s regional NPR affiliate station. I produced and cultivated news-worthy content for the website and conducted interviews and research for groundbreaking local stories. During my internship, I covered topics such as Hurricane Irma, March For Our Lives, and the Florida Legislature. Check out my experiences for all of my journalistic work!
Fall 2017, I was on the social media team for frank, an annual journalism conference that takes place at the University of Florida. While serving as a student ambassador at the conference in 2017, the main organizer liked me so much she recruited me to be on her main team for the following year, an opportunity rarely available to non-UF students.
I am a contributing writer for Wear Your Voice Mag, an online intersectional magazine centering on the experiences of black, indigenous and people of color.
Much of my experience involves using journalism skills in activist environments. I previously interned at the local chapter of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) where I have developed skills in interviewing people. I also did research for Peace House, providing them with facts and figures that they use for their videos.
Ultimately, I would like to be a reporter at a major media network covering Muslim-American issues, a beat that is becoming increasingly topical in today’s society.
You can find me on twitter @hafiisaa.