BuzzFeed reporter and Daily alum Hannah Allam featured in CJR piece

Courtesy of Hannah Allam

BuzzFeed reporter and Daily alum Hannah Allam was featured in a Columbia Journalism Review piece today on covering Muslim life in America.

Allam, Daily editor-in-chief in 1998-99 and an inaugural inductee in the OU Student Media Hall of Fame last fall, began at BuzzFeed in March. Before that she most recently worked as a Washington-based national correspondent for McClatchy, covering foreign affairs and the State Department.

An excerpt from her Q&A today:

That focus on accurate and nuanced coverage of communities was something she has lived out in her work tracing to her time at The Daily. In the run-up to her Hall of Fame induction, she shared these memories of her years working here in Copeland Hall.

“On my first day on campus, I walked into The Daily newsroom and became an intern,” Allam wrote to us last fall. “By my sophomore year, I’d been hired as a reporter – my first paying job in journalism. In junior year I was opinion editor, and then editor-in-chief my senior year. Only a couple of people of color had held the editor post and it was important to me that our paper reflect the diversity of the campus, so I canvassed student groups of all kinds and basically said: ‘Who’s your best writer? Send them to The Daily!’ Apart from the wonderful stories produced by The Daily in those years, I take pride in how inclusive our staff was: on the masthead, in the reporting ranks and throughout the opinion pages. Breaking these barriers is never easy – that’s why our nation’s newsrooms are still far from the goal of parity – but the work is worth it when you can point to coverage that’s truly by the students, for the students. All students.”