Major: Literary Journalism and Film & Media Studies
School: University of California, Irvine-Undergraduate
Sponsor: Sultana Zakir Naqvi Scholarship for Journalism and Writing
Sahar Jahani is a junior at the University of California, Irvine, pursuing a B.A. in Literary Journalism and Film & Media Studies. She first became interested in media and public relations as an intern for the Muslim Public Affairs Council’s Hollywood Bureau, consulting on projects such as Disney’s Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. Inspired by the need for more alternative, socially conscious media, Sahar began participating in various media outlets on her campus and in Southern California. She is currently a staff writer for the UC Irvine campus newspaper, the New University, and a reporter for their online broadcasting program, the Zot News Network. She also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Muslim student publication, Alkalima Magazine. Sahar is also interested in film and television production. She has interned at several production companies including ROYCE Entertainment Group, Boomgen Studios, and most recently, Paramount Pictures. She now writes for OC Weekly Magazine. Sahar hopes that her experience as a journalist and passion for film will manifest in a career as a producer in news broadcasting.
Sahar’s Message to Supporters:
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the ISF selection committee and donors for this grant. I am now one step closer to achieving my goals and it means everything to have the support of the Muslim community. I know that through your work, more students will be encouraged to pursue degrees in the liberal arts and humanities. I only hope that I can uphold the values of this esteemed organization and be worthy of receiving such an honor.
Sahar graduated in 2013 and is currently working for YouTube.