ICFJ Knight Fellow Omar Mohammed is leading the launch of Code for Tanzania, which will promote data journalism and civic innovation as a means to strengthen journalistic storytelling and audience engagement.
Mohammed is an experienced data journalist and digital strategist. In 2015, he helped launch Quartz Africa and worked as the platform's East African reporter based in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Prior to joining Quartz, he spent 2014-2015 as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, where he researched sustainable financial models for doing digital business journalism.
He previously served as a senior producer for the BBC Swahili Service’s weekly radio news magazine show, “Haba na Haba” (Little by Little) and co-created and hosted a news review show @Mgahawa on East Africa Television. His writing has appeared in The Arizona Republic, Global Voices, The East African, among others.
During his Fellowship, Mohammed will build a flagship civic technology “CitizenLab,” a network of developers, data analysts and journalists that will collaborate with local newsrooms to harness the power of data reporting to tell compelling stories. He is also working to establish a Tanzania chapter of the global Hacks/Hackers community.