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Interview with Yusuf Omar


Having dedicated his life to telling stories through the smartphone Yusuf Omar shares his experiences of enabling people from all around the world to use a smartphone to tell a story that might otherwise remain untold. Omar explains the importance of vertical storytelling and unpacks lean-forward and lean-back experiences.

Yusuf Omar is a multi-award-winning journalist and co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories.  Prior work includes as CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat, TEDx speaker, and Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with the phones. He has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war. At Hashtag Our Stories he is empowering mobile video storytelling communities around the world.