ICFJ Knight Fellow Rahma Muhammad Mian is a media development consultant who is creating a citizen-engagement lab in Pakistan to support data-driven media projects. Mian also is building networks to improve collaborations between news technology and open government communities across Pakistan.
Mian has worked on open-data initiatives, media innovation, ethics and improving journalism standards in Pakistan. For more than seven years, she was an editor, reporter and producer for some of Pakistanâ€™s leading Pakistani news organizations. She has extensive hands-on experience setting up and running newsrooms as a member of the teams that launched The Express Tribune and the English-language news channel Express 24/7. Mian has also conducted extensive media training and capacity-enhancement exercises in newsrooms.
Most recently, she was a consultant on developing journalism and technology programs with the Punjab state governmentâ€™s Information and Technology Board (PITB) and Information Technology University (ITU) in Lahore. This work sparked cooperation between major news organizations and Pakistanâ€™s first open data initiative.
Mian also initiated and managed Mind Your Media, a public education and advocacy project on media ethics that is part of the Coalition for Ethical Journalism in Pakistan. She led the design and creation of Mind Your Ratings, an innovative, crowd-sourced citizen feedback platform. The platform serves a media-literacy function by documenting citizen feedback on television news content.
Mian has a masterâ€™s degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University (NYU), where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Her research interests include digital law, policy and politics, as well as surveillance and censorship in the developing world.