About Omar Shahid

Omar Shahid is a freelance journalist, copywriter and social media specialist.

He has written for The Guardian, New Statesman, Times, Independent, Al Jazeera, Goal.com, MTV, Huffington Post and local papers. He is also former politics editor at Live Magazine, a national youth publication.

Omar specialises in religious and political affairs, but has also written about music, comedy, football and youth issues. He has been interviewed on different radio stations, been asked to appear on BBC, Sky News and Russia Today and was a judge at Debating Matters, a national debating competition. Omar was chosen by the Economist to teach children the basics of journalism, and has also been invited by different national governments to attend conferences on religion and the modern world.

Inviting the likes of Lord Nazir Ahmed, Jack Straw, Imran Khan (Solicitor of the McPherson Report), MP Keith Vaz and more, he has worked under TV presenter and Media Analyst, Carl Arrindell.

Omar has interviewed a host of influential figures, including:

Alastair Campbell

Billy Childish

Paul Mason

Ken Livingstone

Siobhan Benita

Jon Snow

John Bercow

Chuka Umunna

Sayeeda Warsi

Amir Khan (boxer)

Luol Deng (NBA basketball player)

Marcell Dareus (NFL Star)

Khalid Ismail (MMA fighter)

Immortal Technique

Lowkey

Talib Kweli

Ghetts

Black the Ripper

Devlin

Logic

Mic Righteous

Akala

Maher Zain

Raef

Zain Bhikha

John Sutherland

Follow me on twitter: @omar_shahid

Contact:

Email: omarshahid99@gmail.com 

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  3. Assalamauikum ,
    I really admire your work and the way you express your thoughts in your blogs. I want to know about your career aspiration. I am enthusiastic to become a writer and want to gain experience for this purpose. Should i enroll myself in a Masters degree (specifically what field- journalism?) for this purpose?(if you can quote the university/college). Or is a bachelors degree in business enough? The reason im seeking advice from you is that i want to make a career in content writing/blogging/writing books.

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    Farah

    • Dear Farah,

      Forgive me for taking so long to get back to you and thanks for your kind words. There are many people much more experienced than me who could give you better advice. But here is my two pence: An MA in journalism won’t guarantee you a job (although a place at City University maybe makes your chances a little higher). If I were you, I would find a specialist topic that you can excel in and that not many others cover. I would also diversify what you do – do things like copywriting on the side. Just remember that the job industry is very tough, so have thick skin, persist and try to stand out from everyone else.

  4. Re: interview with Scott Kugle
    Look for your reference to hm shaking his head and correct a typo. Excellent job. Looking forward to reading more of you.

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