I’m a mixed Indian-Filipina American and was raised with three different religions: Catholicism, Hinduism and Sikhism. I previously taught English in Japan for two years, where I produced “Shizuoka Speaks,” a grant-funded podcast series exploring how globalization is changing immigration and education in Asia. It looked specifically at how this manifested in racism and diversity issues in the city of Shizuoka, Japan, and currently lives on through its Facebook page.
I update that with relevant links as I come across them, but most of my cultural headspace these days goes to India, where I’ve been freelance reporting since 2013. I’m based in the city of Lucknow, a much more “typical” Indian city than the international destinations of say Delhi or Mumbai. Not too many foreigners live here, and it’s not really the kind of place where travelers or even Indians from bigger cities would like to stay for a long time because it doesn’t have the same offerings as larger metropolitan areas. That being said, it’s a much more immersive reporting experience. I’ve done a range of stories from here, and whereas last year I reported a lot of stories on politics, religion and the relationship between the two (a very volatile topic in northern India), this year I’ve been looking closer at stories concerning gender and sexuality, whether it relates to women, masculinity or LGBTQ issues, and trying to branch out of the state where I’m based.
My “day” job as a freelancer is being the editorial assistant for the website PBS MediaShift, where I produce and report stories on online publishing, media and digital culture.
I write but I also produce television and documentary film. Mainly for PBS (Bill Moyers), POV (a new film this year with Bob Hebert about the black middle class). But also for HBO (Hot Coffee) etc… My website: www.reniquaallen.com
Journalism is actually my second career. For several years I worked in the corporate international trade sector, basically at the nexus of logistics and legal (trade/customs regulations around the world). I took my experience writing memoranda and presentations on how business operations were affected by current events and become a full-time freelance journalist and writer about 3.5 years ago.
I am now available for business copywriting, basic copyediting, reporting on the beats mentioned above as well as investigative pieces.
I am also looking for editors interested in getting content from any UN climate change negotiations meetings taking place throughout the year in Germany and France as well as anyone wanting reporting on where money goes and how it gets allocated in global poverty reduction and development programs as I will be trying to attend a UN conference in Ethiopia this July.
I have never missed a deadline. I am currently ghostwriting for Callisto Media. I successfully submitted my first project, which was a “Flash Guide” on “Women Warriors.” I am currently writing a Flash Guide on “Russian Power: Putin & Stalin’s Legacy.” I am an excellent researcher and interviewer.