About & Contact

For several years, I was a contributing editor at MediaShift, where my research and reporting on press freedom, media and advertising were cited by Nieman Lab, Mediagazer, Pew Research Center and the American Press Institute, and regularly appeared on Digital Content Next, a trade publication that represents large publishers like the New York Times and Vox Media. Previously, I curated international broadcasts and raw videos for Link TV’s pioneering semantic news website and app, which aimed at using video to reinvent world news and social action for the digital age.

Photo by Arvin Temkar, in Oakland

I graduated with honors from Columbia Journalism School, where I studied as an Anne O’Hare McCormick Scholar, in 2013, and from UCLA with honors in 2008. After journalism school, I moved to India to study Urdu in an intensive language program before transitioning into reporting.

I love shoe-leather reporting but am invested in studying how journalism evolves with changing technology and making stories accessible to diverse communities, especially in the realm of audio. I’ve received training in hostile environment and emergency first aid, on the ethics of reporting in emergencies, and on best practices for reporting on mental health.

This website showcases most of my work; you can click on the hashtags to see stories by that topic. Please feel free to reach out with ideas, constructive criticism or a hello. I am also available for freelance story commissions, consulting, and audio production work.

  • sonipaul at gmail dot com,
  • @sonipaul on most social media,
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P.S. The current cover photo of my website is from a 2009 cycling trip through Japan’s Shimanami Kaido, a long expressway that connects Japan’s big island of Honshu to its smaller island of Shikoku through several small islands and bridges. This photo of the Kurushima-Kaikyō Bridge — the world’s longest suspension bridge — connects Shikoku with a tiny island called Ōshima. I made the photo with a Kodak disposable film camera. 🙂

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