Intisar Seraaj is a journalist based in Atlanta, Ga. Her preferred niches are culture, fashion and religion. She specializes in the Muslim and African American communities. Seraaj loves and is skilled at writing profiles and features, reporting and hosting for radio, and producing videos for the web. Additionally, she’s produced work on various topics such as entertainment, business, lifestyle, health and breaking news.
Among other publications, these are the online and print publications Seraaj has been published in: Mississippi Today, USC’s Annenberg Media, Annenberg Radio News, Best Self Atlanta magazine, The Hoover Sun, The Homewood Star, Village Living, Vestavia Voice, Georgia State University’s The Signal newspaper and Seraaj Family Homes, Inc.’s Fostering Conversations blog.
In May 2017, she graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Science in Journalism. She specialized in digital journalism.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism from Georgia State University in August 2013, graduating as a magna cum laude in three years. She accompanied this degree with a minor in film & video. Seraaj earned a place on the Dean’s List at GSU and was accepted into the National Honor Society.
She’s currently interning with CNN in Atlanta, GA in the social discovery department, focusing on breaking news, working with citizen reporters via CNN iReport and verifying user-generated content on social media.
During the summer of 2017, she interned as a reporter for the online news source Mississippi Today in Jackson, Miss. She wrote articles on Mississippi culture, health and education.
While at USC, she worked a news reporter and radio host for the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. She produced content for web and social media, videos for broadcast and social, and radio pieces. During this time she was awarded third place for the best personality profile on any platform in student media by the Los Angeles Press Club during its 59th SoCal Journalism Awards.
At Seraaj Family Homes, Inc., Seraaj worked as the communications specialist for this national foster care agency for three years. In this role, she blogged, shot and edited video interviews of foster parents and former foster children, handled internal and external communication, and created original copy for advertisements and marketing materials.
Prior to Seraaj Family Homes, Inc., she worked for Starnes Publishing, the publishing house for the following community newspapers: The Hoover Sun, The Homewood Star, Village Living and the Vestavia Voice. Seraaj wrote business profiles and cultural pieces for these papers.
Before landing these jobs, Seraaj worked for all of her schools’ news organizations. In addition to USC’s Annenberg Media, she worked at Georgia State University’s newspaper The Signal as a staff reporter under the arts & living and entertainment sections. During her freshman year, she wrote for Hampton University’s campus newspaper The Hampton Script under the international news section.
In her spare time, Seraaj enjoys outdoor activities, watching films and shows, various types of dancing, writing and performing poetry, consuming and partaking in theatre, socializing, cooking and traveling. So far, she has traveled to Morocco, Jamaica, Belgium, Germany, Kuwait, England, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and various states within the U.S.