Ep 70: Jackie Sofia

Jackie is the creator and facilitator of The Narrative Projects. The initiative uses documentary strategies and participatory media to illuminate the unknown stories of the refugee experience in the MENA region and North America.

Jacqueline (Jackie) Sofia is an artist and educator whose work stems from participatory methodologies, combining ethnographic research and investigative reporting. Her work focuses primarily on marginalized and underrepresented narratives in the Middle East and North America. Jackie is the creator and facilitator of The Narrative Projects. The initiative uses documentary strategies and participatory media to illuminate the unknown stories of the refugee experience in the MENA region and North America. She is the co-founder of a social enterprise based in Jerash Camp, and the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship (2011-12) for her research on the ex-Gazan refugee community in Jordan.

She has produced content for outlets including Monocle24, News Deeply, NPR’s Weekend Edition, WNYC’s On The Media and WHYY’s The Pulse. She has also reported for the Bucks County Herald in Bucks County PA, and the MENA news platform, Wamda. She is a regular producer/contributor for the Middle East radio documentary podcast, Kerning Cultures.

Women work in the Sitti social enterprise workshop in Jerash “Gaza” Refugee Camp in Jordan, on May 28, 2018. Among these women and artisan soap makers is Ikram- a mother and wife. She is also the daughter-in-law to a first-generation woman of Jerash “Gaza” Refugee Camp, Um Fatteh. (Photo by Jacqueline M. Sofia)