Before deciding to study journalism, Shaden Gannam wanted to become a lawyer. But after witnessing the second Intifada she decided to study media and journalism instead. She recognized the importance of documenting daily life in Palestine. Shaden lives in Nablus in the West Bank and has been working as a news reporter with Palestine Broadcasting Corporation in Ramallah for the past year.
At first, Shaden faced opposition from her family, who thought being a journalist was inappropriate and even dangerous. Despite her family’s concerns and the inherent dangers of being a reporter in Palestine, Shaden was determined to achieve her goals. Her work as a journalist integrates the political and economic realities of living under occupation.