Lateefah is a freelance journalist, PR professional and founder of Career Girl Collective.
After graduating with a Media and Communication degree in 2015, I worked for free for many years before securing my first paid commissioned piece at Black Ballad in 2016. Since then, I've been commissioned to write features, opinion pieces and interviews for various international news platforms and magazines. Bylines include STYLIST, POPSugar, Daily Dot, The Independent, Metro UK, iNews, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, HuffPost, Bustle, Gal-dem, The Face, Business Insider, Hackney Gazette and The Voice Newspaper. I also took part in the 2021 SPA Journalism mentorship programme, where I mentored an aspiring student journalist for three months.
I started my career in PR as an intern at Frank PR. I then worked my through the industry until I secured my first official role as Media officer at Britain's leading HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust. My standout pieces of press coverage include:
As a black woman living with HIV, my story is often left untold. This silence creates stigma - Metro
Is stigma stopping Black African women from taking HIV tests? - Cosmopolitan
The Sista Collective podcast: HIV and Sexual Health episode - BBC Radio 5 Live
National HIV Testing Week (News segment) - Channel 5 News
I have completed a PR Foundation course - accredited by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR). I was also selected to be a part of the BME PR PROS mentoring scheme (read the full mentee interview here). From April 2021, Lateefah started a new role as a Press officer at Internews, a nonprofit global organisation.
In March 2021, I launched Career Girl Collective, a platform that aims to empower and educate women writers.