Major: Media Studies and English
School: University of California, Berkeley
Sponsor: MSA West and Muslim Women Giving Circle
Aliyah decided she wanted to be a journalist when she was 11-years-old, when she realized there was a decided lack of Muslim representation in the media shortly after 9/11. At De Anza College, Aliyah started off as a reporter for La Voz Weekly before quickly becoming Deputy Editor and then Managing Editor of the paper. She was also involved in organizing with Students for Justice, the MSA and other campus organizations. Aliyah was a Media Relations Intern at CAIR for two summers– a counselor to students attending the Muslim Youth Leadership Program in Sacramento each year–as well as interning at the Post Papers and NBC Bay Area. As a student at U.C. Berkeley she wrote for the Daily Californian as a General Assignment reporter on a wide range of subjects, while free lancing for other news organizations.
She has worked as a news reporter for the last seven years at various campus and community newspapers covering both campus and city news as well the local impact of national and international events. Aliyah is also a huge soccer fan, and dreams of one day seeing a Manchester United match at Old Trafford Stadium. Aliyah is a an outspoken proponent of women’s rights, civil rights, justice in minority communities, and in particular advocating for a shift to fair trade products to abolish modern day slavery.
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Aliyah’s Message to Supporters:
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the ISF selection committee and donors for this grant, which brings me one step closer Inshallah to my dreams of becoming a journalist who serves the Muslim community and other minority populations who do not receive media representation. It is only with the financial investment and support of people like those in the ISF community that we, young American Muslims, can transform our consciousness of our responsibilities and bring about positive social changes. I would also like to thank ISF for giving me the opportunity to help fill a void that is present in the media by putting more Muslim women in the newsroom and on camera. May Allah (SWT) reward all of you, and continue to accept your donations of time and money as Sadqa Jariyah.
Aliyah Mohammed is a full-time community news reporter with Bay Area News Group, working on covering education, community, crime and politics in Milpitas, Fremont, Berryessa and Newark. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2013 as a media studies and English double major.