Keynote: Mobile Journalism-Giving a voice to the voiceless.

Bailey Allen Auditorium

Waad Al-Kateab is a multi-award winning journalist who’s stories of life in Aleppo during the Syrian War have reached millions of viewers around the world.

Channel 4, where Waad now works, aired her reports and subsequently created a micro-site of those stories. The message was loud and clear, in a news coverage vacuum, where international media dared not go, civilians were left to document the horrors of daily life under constant shelling, chemical attacks and the heartbreaking stories of daily loss of life and to try to find an audience to hear their voice. Waad began shooting with a smartphone and subsequently a DSLR and those stories informed the world of what was really happening inside Aleppo. Visit to watch the reports.

Recently Waad finished a documentary film about her personal story entitled “For Sama”, a personal message to her oldest daughter who was born during the conflict. For Sama has won numerous awards including Best Feature Documentary at SXSW.

In this intimate opening session moderator Sue Llewellyn will explore Waad’s story, delving into what compelled her to start filming, what happened as a result and what the future holds for Waad and her family, (now based in London).