Rest of World announces Labor x Tech Reporting Fellows
Four reporters from Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Brazil and Pakistan will join the newsroom on a year-long fellowship to cover the influence tech has on work and workers.
We are thrilled to announce that Lam Le, Laís Martins, Zuha Siddiqui, and Kimberly Mutandiro are joining Rest of World as Labor x Tech Reporting Fellows. These four journalists, who were selected from a pool of more than 250 other applicants, impressed us with their sharp thinking, the caliber of their ideas, and their track record of exemplary journalism.
Kimberly Mutandiro is a Zimbabwean journalist who has worked for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and has written for GroundUp Media in South Africa. Kimberly was selected for the International Women’s Media Foundation Gender Justice Fellowship in 2021, during which she earned a certificate in Gender Justice reporting. She has covered technology, business, immigration, and human rights issues, and her work has appeared in Thomson Reuters Trust, The Daily Maverick, News24, and GoatPoL among others. Kimberly will be based in Johannesburg and report to our Africa editor.
Zuha Siddiqui is a Pakistani journalist who has covered technology and climate for international publications, including VICE, Foreign Policy, and Wired. Her reporting has been supported by fellowships from the South Asian Journalism Association, One World Media, and the EU Journalism Fund. She was a 2020 journalism fellow with Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics. The following year, she was among the 10 journalists — from a pool of 200 candidates from 55 countries — shortlisted for the Thomson Foundation’s Young Journalist Award. Zuha also holds an M.A. in Journalism and Near Eastern Studies from New York University. She will be based in Karachi and report to our South Asia editor.
Lam Le is a Vietnamese journalist who has focused on how political, economic, and technological systems impact workers. This approach has shaped her award-winning reporting, which includes stories on workers living in factories to keep the tech supply chain going during the pandemic, the illicit Vietnam-China surrogacy trade, and Vietnamese migrants making a perilous and illegal journey to the UK. Lam was previously an editor at Mekong Eye, and her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian among others. Lam will be based in Hanoi and report to our Asia editor.
Laís Martins is a Brazilian journalist whose reporting has focused on technology, human rights, politics, and society. She also covered Brazil’s 2018 and 2022 presidential elections. In 2021, she was selected for the Pulitzer Center Persephone Miel fellowship to investigate the impact of Bolsonaro’s pro-gun policies on Brazilian women. Laís also holds a Master’s degree in Political Communication from the University of Amsterdam. Laís will be based in São Paulo and report to our Latin America editor.
Lam, Zuha, Kimberly, and Laís will start on May 23 and will spend the next 12 months at Rest of World covering the relationship between tech and labor and diving deeper into the tech industry’s influence on both the nature of work and the workers.
Please join us in welcoming Lam, Zuha, Kimberly, and Laís to Rest of World!