Sadaf, 35, believes there’s too little local news content in the mainstream media in Pakistan, a situation that weakens accountability for local officials. A journalist herself, she is working to develop an app for citizen journalists in Pakistan to document and share stories from their communities. Called Awam, the app is designed to work where internet connectivity and bandwidth might be sporadic. Sadaf plans to scale Awam nationally in time for the general elections. She is also working with news outlets to ensure that content from citizen journalists has a higher chance of being circulated in the mainstream media.
The project website is currently under construction but can be viewed at: www.awam.news