Riyaad Minty leads the Al Jazeera Network’s social media initiatives. As part of the Network’s New Media team, he ensures that Al Jazeera has a presence and is part of the conversation across Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms. Riyaad was part of the team that produced Al Jazeera English’s Emmy nominated coverage of the 2008 US Presidential Election (International Digital Emmy 2009).
Most recently his work has focused on the use of citizen media for crisis reporting, with a particular focus on the war on Gaza (2008/9) and the 2009 Iranian election. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, National Public Radio and Al Jazeera English to discuss the challenges and opportunities new technologies provide in enhancing news coverage. In 2010, Riyaad presented at the U.S. – Islamic World Forum (hosted by Brookings) on the role of New Media to Further Global Engagement.
Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Riyaad co-founded Future Technologies which focused on mobile content production, aggregation and distribution. His company brought the award winning cartoon strip, Madam and Eve, to mobile phones across South Africa.
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