The Guardian Scott Trust Bursary Profile

Ammar Kalia is an arts and culture journalist who has written for a range of publications including the Guardian, Tank Magazine, Hero Magazine, the Quietus, and Clash Magazine, amongst others. He is currently studying for an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City University as part of the Guardian Scott Trust Bursary Scheme. You can view his work on his online portfolio.

Following on from a BA in English at the University of Bristol and an MPhil in American Literature from the University of Cambridge, Ammar sought to pursue a career as a writer (in its many shapes and guises). Throughout his studies he has been freelancing as a culture correspondent and arts writer, interning on the editorial desk at Tank Magazine as well as at the Quietus. He also has a range of experience in documentary research, having interned for the independent production company Banyak, and freelanced as a researcher for war photographer Olivier Sarbil on a film based on his time spent in Mosul, Iraq. In addition, he has worked as a researcher on the BBC Arabic documentary Weapons of Mass Surveillance. The use of varied mediums to present a narrative based on in-depth research and interviewing continues to fascinate Ammar and he is always keen to learn different ways of presenting his work as a journalist.

Working as a freelancer full-time since Summer 2016, Ammar discovered the joys of chasing invoices, sifting through a rapidly-expanding email inbox full of PR contacts, and, most importantly, the thrill of seeing an idea come to fruition. He has since published on a range of topics, including re-imaginings of Partition, Virtual Reality clubbing, London Jazz, and post-colonial histories. Tied to his own work – and in many ways more significant than it – Ammar is passionate about increasing a diversity of representation in the UK’s media. He currently teaches and mentors extensively in his hometown of Hounslow and hopes that during his career he can continue to open doors and give guidance to those who may be less privileged but who still have a vital perspective and voice on the issues that surround us. It is through engendering this ingrained diversity that he hopes his career will have a lasting impact, beyond the written word.

Ammar hopes to learn as much as possible during his time at the Guardian and to diversify his own experience, using his journalistic voice and passion for research and storytelling to extend further than just the arts and culture.

Read the rest of the profile in The Guardian.

[This piece was published on 02/11/17]