Jacky Habib is a freelance journalist who works in the intersection of media and development. She typically reports on entrepreneurship, social issues and global development for publications including the CBC, National Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The East African and many more. She has previously worked as a TV reporter in Kenya for Nation Media and as a media trainer in Ghana for Journalists for Human Rights.
In 2013 when she was living in Ghana, Jacky spent her weekends volunteering with a media and social justice club in Old Fadama, an infamous slum in Accra. She gave the children a tour of the newsroom she worked in at the time, helped a few of them make radio documentaries and connected them to mentors.
She kept thinking of how she could continue supporting their great work when she left the country and that was part of her motivation to start New Lens Travel, a social enterprise that challenges misconceptions of Africa by highlighting the continent’s top storytellers and giving travelers a chance to learn and collaborate with them. They also provide media training to youth from marginalized communities, in order to support the next generation of African storytellers.