Wasim Ahmad is a journalist, educator and photographer. He’s worked at newspapers in Minnesota, Florida and upstate New York, and has taught multimedia journalism at Stony Brook University and Syracuse University’s online master’s program. He’s also worked in the photography industry as a technical specialist at Canon USA.
Ahmad graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Binghamton University and a Master of Science in photography at Syracuse University. He started his career working for the Binghamton (N.Y.) Press & Sun-Bulletin as a reporter and then went on to work as a copy editor and page designer.
In 2004, Ahmad went to work for the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times, but he returned to Binghamton in 2005 and was promoted to Newsroom Online Content Producer, where he was in charge of overseeing editorial content for the newspaper’s Web site and trained staff in multimedia journalism. His work on the newspaper’s Web site during the area’s worst flooding brought news about the disaster to more than three million visitors in a single day.
In 2007, Ahmad left Binghamton to serve as Web editor at the Naples (Fla.) Daily News, where he was responsible for Web operations for the newspaper and its sister publications.
In his role at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism, Ahmad created and oversaw the curriculum for the photography and web video classes, and coordinated the websites for the school and related centers. He was also a coordinator for the school’s Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists.
Ahmad’s work has been recognized by the Freedom Forum and the Center for Innovation in College Media, but by far the award he’s most proud of is the 2013 “Seniors’ Choice” award for best professor in the School of Journalism.
For more from Wasim Ahmad, check out his wedding and event photography website at www.straightaimages.com.
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