Hi, I’m Waqas Naeem, a city reporter currently working for The Express Tribune, a Pakistani English-language newspaper. As a city reporter, I write about environment and science for the Tribune’s Islamabad pages. I have been with the paper since September 2012 and for the first few months, I covered the Capital Development Authority: the agency which looks after Islamabad’s civic issues.
Before joining the Tribune, I worked as a freelance writer and editor out of Rawalpindi, my hometown, for around four months.
I returned to Pakistan from the US in May 2012 after finishing my master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where I studied on a Fulbright scholarship.
During the course of my grad studies, I worked as a reporting intern on the investigative projects team at the Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., from January to April 2012. I reported and co-wrote a series about the fundraising expenses of major U.S. charities, with veteran investigative reporter and data guru Thomas Hargrove. I also got the chance to do some spot news reporting while at Scripps and wrote a couple of articles for the company’s Texas newspapers, one of the stories was about the Texas delegation in the House of Representatives.
At the Mizzou J-School, I studied print and digital news and worked as a reporter for the city paper, the Columbia Missourian. I worked on the neighborhood and public safety beats. As part of my duties, I covered the Columbia Police Department and a neighborhood east of the university campus. I also wrote some enterprise and general assignment articles for the Missourian.
As a reporter, I was required to file stories on deadline, to achieve a basic understanding of the Missourian’s Django-based content management system, to use social media to mine for sources and publicize articles, and to make audio slide shows.
From August to December 2011, I also designed information graphics for the Missourian. I have good computer-assisted reporting skills and learned from some of the best practitioners of investigative and computer-assisted reporting in the U.S., at the IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) and NICAR (National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting) – both these national organizations are housed in the Missouri journalism school building.