Fatima Bahja

Senior Director, New Initiatives

Fatima Bahja is responsible for writing and preparing proposals, tracking new and existing grant opportunities, and managing research projects for ICFJ. Fatima also supports ICFJ's programs in the Middle East and North Africa, including IJNet Arabic's Mentoring Center for New Media Startups and the Social Media Solutions training for journalists in the Middle East.

She joined ICFJ because of her interest in empowering journalists to navigate a fast-changing field and tell credible and important stories. She helped launch ICFJ’s first-ever global study on the adoption of new technologies by journalists and newsrooms.

Bahja has a M.A. in Communication, Culture & Technology and a B.A. in International Politics from Georgetown University. She is interested in the role of digital media in shaping political and cultural discourse. During her graduate career, she published a study on the New York Times’ use of citizen journalism and new media to frame the coverage of the Syrian Civil War.

She is from Lebanon, and speaks Arabic and English fluently. Follow her at @FatimaBahja on Twitter.