HumAngle Editor Selected For Dart Center Ochberg Fellowship

The programme trains journalists all over the world who report conflict and trauma-heavy issues. Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu is the only fellow from Africa in this set.

Managing Editor of HumAngle, Hauwa Shaffii Nuhu, is one of 14 exceptional journalists selected for this year’s Ochberg Fellowship.

The programme has been organised since 1999 to help journalists who cover conflict and tragedy better understand trauma science and improve the quality of their work. It is organised by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Announcing its decision on Thursday, May 16, the Dart Center said the fellowships are awarded to outstanding senior and mid-career journalists worldwide.

The Centre’s executive director, Bruce Shapiro, said all the 2024 fellows “personify the special ethical and professional commitments demanded by trauma reporting”. 

“Representing nine countries and six continents, they are all journalism innovators who have delved deeply into the impact of violence and tragedy, and will come together in New York at a moment when their work is more urgently needed than ever,” he added.

The programme, which will take place in the United States, will last for a week. It will feature seminars with various industry experts and experienced journalists.

Hauwa is a conflict reporter with bylines in several international publications, including African Arguments, Al Jazeera, Minority Africa, The Republic, and Sahelien. Her work at HumAngle examines the human cost of insurgencies in relation to transitional justice issues, migration, and displacement. 

She has done extensive work documenting the aftermath and effects of war on people through long-form reports and documentaries. She was a 2018 writer-in-residence at Ebedi Writers Residency, a 2022 Storify Africa Fellow, a 2023 Pulitzer Center grantee, and a 2023 International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) grantee. She has been trained by several institutions and has spoken at international conferences and panels. 

She said she was thrilled to have been selected by the Dart Center for this programme. 

“I have always been passionate about reporting conflict ethically,” she noted, “and so I’m excited and grateful at the prospect of learning from industry experts.”

Hauwa is the only fellow from Africa in this set of the Ochberg programme.

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