Editor of Q-News
Hijri 1398-Present (AH); Common Era 1978-Present (CE)
Fareena Alam is Editor of Q-News, Britain’s leading Muslim current affairs magazine. Born in London and brought up in Singapore, Fareena is of Bangladeshi Chittagonian heritage. As a community activist in Singapore, she headed up the United Nations Students Association at the National University of Singapore for which she organized a six-month awareness campaign called “The Children of Bangladesh.” The campaign highlighted the plight the street children. She then took the campaign a step further by leading a student delegation of twenty people to carry out relief work in Bangladesh in 1998. Since moving back to the UK, Fareena has become an established journalist and commentator on Muslim and minority affairs. After becoming a news editor at Q-News in 2001, she went on to become the publication’s managing editor leading it through a major revamp and relaunch. Fareena completed her MA at City University’s prestigious international journalism programme and followed up with a five-month stint with the Observer before taking up her duties at Q-news. She is also freelance contributor to the British and international newspapers. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Observer, the Times Education Supplement, the New Statesman, openDemocracy.net and Qantara. She has also reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and is a regular on-air contributor and consultant to a variety of media organizations including the BBC, Sky News, RTE, BBC World Service, CNN and others. In 2005, she was named Media Professional of the Year by Islamic Relief. In 2006, she was named Media Professional at the Asian women of Achievement Awards. Fareena’s work has been profiled in the UK Press Gazette and the New Stateman.