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Journalist leaves investigative role to run charity film festival

Rachel HamadaA journalist who led a local news investigative journalism project  has been appointed director of a charity film festival.

Rachel Hamada, pictured, who was co-founder of Glasgow-based investigative journalism platform The Ferret before going on to work with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, will take up the role with Take One Action.

It means she will be leaving the TBIJ’s community-led investigations pilot project which she designed as well as leading the Bureau’s work on health inequalities.

The Take One Action festival, which has run for 16 years, looks to encourage communal exploration of the stories, ideas and questions at the heart of positive social change.

Announcing Rachel’s appointment, the charity said: “We are incredibly excited to announce that Rachel Hamada is joining the Take One Action team as director.

“Based in Edinburgh, Rachel Hamada is a founder and co-chair of Scottish investigative journalism cooperative The Ferret.

“She has worked as a journalist and community organiser for over two decades, with a particular interest in social justice, marginalised communities and new models.

“We can’t wait to start working with Rachel to find new and compelling ways to catalyse the power of story and interconnection into deep change in the world around us.”

As well as designing TBIJ’s community-led investigations pilot project and also running its health inequalities strand, Rachel also oversaw the Change the Story project, looking at reimagining local news with an emphasis on collaboration, inclusion and power building.

She is currently studying for a masters in playwriting at the University of Edinburgh.