The CSC is hosting an event where students will have the chance to learn about tech journalism from an award-winning tech journalist and Barnard alumna, Fahmida Rashid.
As the senior managing editor at Decipher, her goal is to discuss cybersecurity topics without fear-mongering and in a way that empowers readers. She takes an interdisciplinary approach and draws on ideas from various fields, including psychology, economics, and political science, to give context to security stories. She also experiments with different storytelling formats, such as using data to explain security concepts. Before becoming a journalist, she spent fifteen years in IT, working as a network administrator, software developer, management consultant, and product manager. Her experiences at PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM help her frame her writing in a way her readers understand. Prior to launching Decipher, she wrote for various business and tech trade publications, including InfoWorld, PC Magazine, the Daily Beast, and the Christian Science Monitor. She graduated from Barnard College in 1999 with a major in Psychology and minor in Political Science. She received her Master of Science from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in 2005 and completed her course in computational journalism in 2019.