Co-founder and Executive Editor, The Tyler Loop
(Video of Raja’s presentation at ISOJ2019 is below her bio, along with an article from the ISOJ team)
Tasneem Raja is the executive editor of The Tyler Loop, a nonprofit journalism startup that explores policy, history, and demographics in Tyler, Texas. She is an award-winning journalist who has reported for NPR, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and other national outlets.
A former senior editor at NPR, she launched a popular podcast exploring issues of identity and race with NPR’s Code Switch team. At Mother Jones, she specialized in data visualization and led a team that built the first-ever database of mass shootings in America. She earned her master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where she created an independent thesis in digital and multimedia journalism.
Tasneem is a pioneer in the field of data-driven digital storytelling, a frequent speaker on issues of digital journalism, and a die-hard fan of alt weeklies, where she got her start as a local reporter. She lives in Tyler with her husband, her stepson, and two imperious terriers.
You can read and hear more of Tasneem’s work here.
Raja was part of the panel “Saving local news in the U.S.: Can we have sustainable online journalism in local markets?” at ISOJ 2019.
Read the story covering Raja’s panel here.