Yes. I call myself a multimedia producer and storyteller. But no one is an expert at everything - as much as the media landscape wants to will these skills into existence - and I am happy to admit it. First and foremost, I am a podcast producer and narrative audio journalist.
Being a jack-of-all-trades means, I know exactly what goes into the creative thought process, the pre-production, production & post-production of several forms of digital media content. But if I'm truly honest with myself & you:
Audio gathering & storytelling is where I excel.
Photography is my most advanced and longest-standing, yet lucrative hobby-turned-job.
And video is fine. I can always get decent video. I understand filmmaking, and I do an all right job with the edit.
I grew up with audio content surrounding me. One of my earliest memories is my parents taping their bedtime stories for me while I sat at the kitchen table with them. I always got to push the red record and the play buttons. And somehow I get that same joy out of doing the exact same thing today.
After a short stint in private radio in Germany, I put audio to rest and dove into photography and video. Years later, I discovered podcasts and then started making them.
I have helped launch, build, conceptualize, and produce several podcasts in English and German. At this point, it's kind of my thing. Below are a few English-language episodes I'm most proud of. Several of the below have been nominated and long-listed for multiple media awards.
I also am the creator of a monthly podcast recommendation Substack called Podcast Sundays.
Click on the picture to get to the episodes I worked on.
Currently, I work as a Senior Podcast Producer at the German podcast studio TRZ Media, which specializes in narrative in-depth podcasts. I've helped develop the idea for HITZE – Letzte Generation Close-Up: In it, we explore what life is like when its consumed by a fight for the climate. It's a coproduction of TRZ Media and the public radio channel rbb. I helped put together the team, was the senior producer on this limited series and executive produced it together with Robin Droemer, CEO of TRZ Media.
I was also one of the co-facilitators of Spotify's SoundUp podcast accelerator program for BIPOC creators in Germany, where I get to coach and shape a new generation of podcasters who will help shake up Germany's podcast landscape.
On top of that, I hosted and produced the first season of Creating Markets by the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group.
My photography work has saved me many times over. I've not only won awards, fellowships, and other prizes but quite literally, it is a skill that has provided a roof over my head many times and it's always a good reason for a trip. I'm a naturally ambiverted person. Yet, with a camera at hand, I have made some fantastic human connections over the years. I do journalistic work, as well as commercial portrait work.
For more, pictures, find me on my Instagram @jasminbauomy
Be it photojournalism, travel photography, or commercial portraits. As long as it tells a story, I'll do it. Below examples of my work in Comoros, South Sudan, India, Ethiopia, Turkey, Qatar, and Colombia.
Throughout my career, I've dipped in and out of the field of digital video production, which developed my skills that I used as a video producer for social platforms. Having studied multimedia journalism at the American University in Cairo (AUC), I got the opportunity to work on a short documentary and went on to be a teaching assistant in a video production course at the Kamal Adham Center for Journalism at the AUC. It's in Egypt, where I got my first gigs fixing and translating for an international tv crew's documentary project.
Upon returning to Germany, I worked as a production assistant on commercial tv ads and a feature film for tv in Germany. That was several years before I had the opportunity to be one of Al Jazeera English's (AJE) first few digital video producers. During my time at AJE, I developed a knack for creating explainer videos that break down complex topics. Roughly a year into joining AJE, I became the editorial lead of the new video unit, which I remained until I decided to devote my full attention to podcasts.
Below a few examples of videos I produced, co-produced, and/or edited for AJE, as well as a video I produced for my own Youtube channel.