Hi there! I'm Houreidja Tall. I explore the stories of people across the African Diaspora. I highlight communities that are disregarded by traditional media and show the nuances in their lives. I'm a first-generation New Yorker of Malian and Senegalese descent, which largely informs the passion with which I approach my work. I am committed to sharing the stories of those who are easily overlooked.
Most recently, I worked as the social media manager at Capital B News, a newsroom dedicated to civic journalism about and for Black communities. I am currently interested freelance writing or full-time editorial opportunities.
To find out more about my work, browse my Writing and Blog and get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss working together.
August 2020 - Present
Reported on topics related to people of the African diaspora and overlooked communities.
Published articles in Refinery29, Africa in Harlem, Documented, Next City and Slate.
For Teen Vogue: wrote about the power of Black cultural Instagram pages.
For Harper’s Bazaar: wrote articles about Black reproductive health workers taking care of their patients during quarantine, Black women who choose to remain childfree and Black women's experience with their natural hair.
CAPITAL B NEWS - SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
January 2022 - June 2022
Amplified the stories of writers via social media platforms and cultivated interactions with readers.
Kept track of social media analytics and prepared weekly report for managers with commentary on trends and patterns and advice on how to refine strategy.
Wrote concise social copy for 7-10 Capital B stories daily on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Organized events for reporters to interact with followers via platforms such as Twitter Spaces.
REFINERY29 - EDITORIAL INTERN
June 2021 - August 2021
Pitched and wrote articles and assisted executive editor at women-centered lifestyle site.
Published articles ranging from an interview with a Black brand founder to a how-to guide on managing COVID-related anxiety.
Pitched and wrote stories for Unbothered, site’s vertical for Black women.
AFRICAN WOMEN’S MILLENNIAL INITIATIVE (AWOMI) - REMOTE COORDINATOR
September 2019 - January 2020
Volunteered for organization that empowers young women across the African continent.
Registered delegates and panelists for International Conference for Population Development in Nairobi.
Networked with other organizations at ICPD conference to identify opportunities for collaboration and funding.
Worked with president of AWOMI to create draft of proposal to fund summer institute and future initiatives.
CRAIG NEWMARK GRADUATE SCHOOL OF JOURNALISM
Master of Arts in Engagement Journalism, expected December 2022
Recipient of Vice-Knight and Anne O'Hare McCormick Memorial Fund scholarships
Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies, Spring 2020
2019 Spring semester abroad in Dakar, Senegal through School for International Training’s Senegal: Global Security and Religious Pluralism program
Recipient of Benjamin T. Gilman, Leonard and Claire Tow Undergraduate Travel Stipend for International Research Award and Roy L. Furman Fellows Program scholarships
houreidja [at] gmail [dot] com