Bashirah Mack is an emerging documentary filmmaker and visual storyteller. She is currently in production working on her thesis film.
At the J-School, Bashirah is honing her visual storytelling skills from conception to post-production. She has research and fact-checking skills, has supported multimedia production in public media newsrooms, excelled as a field producer, and is also an Investigative Reporting Program fellow.
Bashirah’s work has appeared in Oakland North, WBEZ Chicago Public Media, WYPR Baltimore Public Radio, City Bureau, Chicago Defender, and South Side Weekly. She has also received nominations for her collaboration on investigative stories from the Chicago Headline Club.
An Atlanta native, Bashirah received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University Chicago.
UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism: Master of Journalism, Expected 2022
UC Berkeley Advanced Media Institute: Digital Media Skills Certificate, 2019
Loyola University Chicago: Bachelor of Arts, 2008
AWARDS & HONORS
Marlon T. Riggs Fellowship in Documentary Filmmaking, 2021-2022
Islamic Scholarship Fund, 2021-2022
Mechanism Ventures African-American Journalism Scholarship, 2021
Dean’s Merit Fellowship, 2020-2022
American Association of University Women Career Development Grant, 2019-2020
Peter Lisagor Award finalist for Best Public Affairs Programming, contributed to reporting, photography, and audio editing for WBEZ Chicago Public Media's “Curious City: How Pollution Seeped into the Lives of East Chicago Residents,” 2018
U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar, 2006-2007
AmeriCorps Certificate of National Service, 2005
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
National Association of Black Journalists
Investigative Reporters & Editors Member