Yusuf Omar (@YusufOmarSA) is the co-founders of Hashtag Our Stories, a video publisher that reached over a billion views in 2019.
He trained over 3,000 storytellers in 140 countries to create videos with their phones and wearable camera glasses. The trained citizen journalism communities create stories about people changing their lives. It’s what they call constructive journalism or solutions-based storytelling.
Hashtag Our Stories was recently invested in by Snapchat and they’ve spoken at the United Nations about their innovative storytelling work. The Hashtag Our Stories team of 12 people are all based in South Africa.
Yusuf Omar is a multi-award winning journalist, TEDx speaker, former CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat and former Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with the phones. He has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war.
His recent work has been featured by the BBC, Teen Vogue, CNN and more.
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