Jennifer Ehidiamen

Writer and Consultant in Washington, DC

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I am a writer and communications enthusiast who has a keen interest in the intersection between storytelling, tech, and development. I've spent the past decade working as a journalist and communications consultant for different organizations. My early experience in international journalism includes covering the first Rolex Young Laureates Awards in Geneva. I also served as a speaker during the 2011 World Press Freedom Day that held in Washington DC. I spoke on youth consumption of the new media, its challenges, and opportunities, under the theme "Digital Native: The New Media Generation."In 2012, I moved from Lagos to Ethiopia for three months to work as a media trainer for the Global Press Institute. We trained young women on how to use different communication tools to tell stories about their communities. The first story that they produced was a feature about a woman working in a male-dominated transport sector, which was published by GPI and syndicated by other international news wire. In 2013, with a grant from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the International Reporting Project New Media Fellowship, I spent a year reporting on global health and development in rural Nigeria. The many underreported issues I discovered during this fellowship and the unwillingness of some mainstream media editors to publish these stories due to their lack of commercial value inspired me to launch RuralReporters.com, an online news and repository platform focused on rural issues. I work with a team spread across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, and Zimbabwe to generate content from their communities for the news network. My co-founders and I designed an editorial strategy for the team. Before attending graduate school in 2015, I worked in an international communications strategy firm based in Lagos, which enabled me to hone my skills in content development, media relations, and curated industry snapshots. Although a big fan of learning by doing, I gained admission into the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, at the age of twenty-two to study mass communication. I most recently earned a Master of Arts degree in business and economics from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York.

Awards: 2010 LEAP Africa Nigerian Youth Leadership Award; 2013 Innovative Young Journalist award; 2016 Foreign Press Association Scholarship.

Favourite quote: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

  • Work
    • http://www.ruralreporters.com
  • Education
    • Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism