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contributors ALEX ABU ATA likes to write about politics and technology. After wandering around Asia for three years, he worked for the World Health Organization in his hometown of Jerusalem, drafting a report on the difficulty of accessing proper health care for Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. TALA AL RAMAHI graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics before switching gears and working as a reporter for an English-language broadsheet, The National, in the United Arab Emirates, where she reported on women and youth issues. She hopes to travel and write a book about women in the Arab world. CHARANNA ALEXANDER lives by the Arnold Edinborough quote, “Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.” She is a news assistant at The New York Times, with a passion for travel and culture. LAUREN DOCKETT has written for a number of San Francisco Bay Area print and online publications, and is an executive editor at a New York publishing house. She co-authored the books Facing 30 and Sex Talk and wrote The Deepest Blue. RAWIYA EL-KHIDIR is a Sudanese-Canadian journalist who has lived in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Tunisia and Canada. She now lives in Brooklyn. Rawiya speaks three languages, and holds a BA in professional writing from York University. She hopes to pursue a career in the magazine industry. Check out her website at

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FAHAD FARUQUI is a freelance writer and a TV and radio presenter. He studied philosophy of religion and Middle East studies as an undergraduate at Columbia, and returned for an MS in Journalism. LEAH FINNEGAN was born in Illinois and schooled in Texas. She currently edits the college section of The Huffington Post. She’s written for The Morning News, the Columbia Journalism Review and The Texas Observer. RADHIKA GUPTA is an accomplished lawyer and entrepreneur. She hopes to add storyteller to her list of achievements, and start a Web magazine focusing on international news and the great cultural and social changes taking place in the world. FRANCES MCINNIS is an intern at The New York Times Syndicate. Her writing has appeared in The Huffington Post, City Limits, The Vancouver Sun and Momentum Magazine. She is from Vancouver, Canada, and still occasionally says, “eh.” Check out her website at DENVER NICKS is a writer, photographer and aspiring master of all trades. He has reported from Central America, Europe, the Philippines and the U.S., covering politics, culture, the environment, crises and general news. He is based on the road, but a smart, active, good-lookin’ publication could convince him to settle down. Check out his website at SAM PETULLA graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007. He has worked at Google and a Cadillac dealership. His writing has appeared in Wired, among other publications.

JOSEPH PISANI works as a news associate at and has previously written for

DANIEL ROBERTS is a staff reporter and copy editor at the Bronx Times-Reporter. He has also written for the New York Post and the New York Daily News. He graduated in 2009 from Middlebury College. Check out his website at DAN ROSEN has worked as a freelance documentary film editor and as a writer and assistant editor at Major League Baseball Publishing. He has also written for newspapers, magazines, books and the Web, and is particularly interested in science and history. Check out his website at SOMMER SAADI graduated in 2008 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she majored in history and business journalism. She has worked at Southwest Airlines’ Spirit Magazine, D Magazine’s business journal, D CEO, and The Dallas Morning News. JONATHAN SHIA is a New York–based freelance writer and editor. His work has appeared in The Last Magazine, V Magazine, VMAN Magazine and I.D. ALYSSA VINE is a parttime student at Columbia and also works in the communications department at Barnard College. She hopes that the digitization of media does not mean that longform narrative writing is going out of style.

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RAWIYA EL-KHIDIR is a Sudanese-Canadian journal- ist who has lived in Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Tunisia and Canada. She now lives in Brooklyn. R...