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Shikder Abir Mahmud Jahan, renowned by his news byline Sam Jahan, is a multi-platform journalist currently based in Dhaka.


Sam studied journalism in the United Kingdom and returned home to explore his career starting at The Daily Star desk.


Later he single-handedly pioneered the daily’s multimedia front in 2014 by popularising the Mobile Journalism (MoJo) concept among colleagues. 


At different stage of his career, he part-timed for CNN, TRT World, ABC Australia, Voice of America, South China Morning Post and Deutsche Welle.

Sam was an Agence France-Presse (AFP) text-video correspondent for eight years and proudly covered the Rohingya exodus, ongoing climate crises, political turmoils, industrial unrests etc. in the country.

He currently works for Thomson Reuters as a Video Correspondent.

Sam won four respected international awards including three Human Rights Press Awards (HRPA) in 2016, 2018 and 2020 for extensive Rohingya crisis coverage. He also won the Covering Climate Now (CCN) for his groundbreaking climate related work.

He is a Fellow of the UK government's respected SAJP programme.

A renowned press trainer at home and abroad, he worked with Deutsche Welle Akademie and Press Institute Bangladesh besides running BJIM's BuildingAssets J-School as its Chief Instructor. He lectured at University of Northampton, Oxford-Brookes University and Dhaka's North South University as guest lecturer.


He is the founder and founding convener of BJIM along with seven of his other colleagues.

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