Photograph by Joshua Thermidor

World Affairs & Global Culture

Hello! I'm Armani Syed — an NCTJ-trained journalist currently covering World Affairs and Global Culture at TIME magazine.

I report at the intersection of major events and world news, including the impact of Qatar’s World Cup on migrant workers, protest action in Iran, and how climate change is affecting Hajj. I have covered Russia's invasion of Ukraine and Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. I also lead TIME’s coverage of global culture, with original features on Bollywood, Hallyu, and Arab funk music.

In March 2020, I launched MESA Magazine, which aimed to improve the way Middle Eastern and South Asian (MESA) communities are represented in the media. In its lifetime, MESA covered culture, fashion, and politics for readers in over 55 countries.

From September 2020 to May 2021, I coordinated Press and Communications for Modus Arts' oral history project Tape Letters, which looks at the use of cassette tapes as a form of long-distance communication between British-Asian migrants and their families in Pakistan. I also worked on Text-Sound-Art, an Arts Council-funded exhibition exploring the intermedium between poetry and sound.

In February 2021, I joined Insider Inc. as a journalist focusing on Royals and Lifestyle coverage until my appointment at TIME in October 2022. My full CV is available upon request.