Shaheryar Popalzai

ICFJ Knight Fellow, Pakistan

ICFJ Knight Fellow Shaheryar Popalzai is a digital news strategist based in Karachi, Pakistan, with a strong background in media innovation, immersive storytelling and data-driven journalism.

As an ICFJ Knight Fellow, Popalzai has partnered with three major Pakistani news organizations to help them produce interactive news stories and the country’s first 360° videos for news. These collaborations have resulted in several immersive journalism projects, ranging from standalone videos to in-depth 360° photo and video projects. He also has extensive experience launching newsroom innovation teams and helping media outlets with Facebook Live strategy.

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 previously served on the digital news team and as a special projects manager at The Express Tribune and helped The News International, Pakistan’s largest English-language newspaper, to revamp its online presence. He regularly conducts workshops and lectures on digital and data-driven journalism.