I am a journalist and fact-checker currently based in Marseille, France. Currently, I am the fact-check coordinator over at The Intercept.
Most recently, I completed a year-long internship at The Nation, where I fact-checked articles for print and web in every section of the magazine. My work has appeared in The Nation, New Naratif, Study Hall, and others. I am drawn to stories about climate change, history, activism, and theatre. My writing includes features, explainers, reviews, lesson plans, and blog posts. I’ve also done research, translation, and social media work, as well as fact-checking and copy editing. I’m a native French speaker and capable in Spanish.
Je suis journaliste basée à Marseille, France. Mes articles (principalement en anglais) ont paru dans The Nation, New Naratif, IJNet, et d’autres encore. J’écris sur les thèmes du changement climatique, l’histoire, l’activisme, et le théâtre. Je parle couramment le français, et j’ai un niveau avancé d’espagnol.
Contact me: meerabellej(at)gmail(dot)com
At the moment
- I’m the fact-check coordinator at The Intercept
- I’m writing lesson plans and developing syllabi for New Naratif’s democracy classroom
- I’m illustrating food while my sister develops baking recipes on Patreon
- I’m a collective member at ATM where I write a bi-monthly Q&A on care
Selected Features and Reporting
- Security for Whom? / The Ballot / 2021 / In 2018, police officers in Marseille injured Zineb Redouane by shooting tear gas into her appartment. She died the next day, and the investigation continues today. In 2021, as France debates a global security law that would enhance police power from local to national levels, her fate has come to symbolize the problem of police impunity in an increasingly militarized country.
- The Limits of Solidarity in France’s Security Law Protests / Study Hall / 2021 / The coalition protesting a proposed French security law is broad, but some worry that the movement emphasizes press freedom over rising Islamophobia and police brutality.
- The Fight Against France’s Global Security Law Is Far From Over / The Nation / 2021 / In France, protests against a proposed security law have continued despite politicians’ promise to rewrite a controversial section.
- Singapore’s Migrant Labour-Climate Crisis Conundrum / New Naratif / 2020 / Some migrants in Singapore are employed in industries that exploit both the environment and the workers themselves, contributing to the climate crisis that sent many fleeing hostile weather conditions at home in the first place.
- Why the Left Is Winning Over Philly / The Nation / 2020 / How a culture of care and mutual aid powered a wave of successful progressive primary bids
- Explainer: Red Hot Red Dot: The Climate Crisis and Singapore: Comic (with Anngee Neo) / Full Text / New Naratif / 2020 / How will the climate crisis impact Singapore?
- When Student Newspapers Cover Race / Study Hall / 2020 / A look at how students at three universities are dealing with histories of mistrust between student newspapers and students of color, pushing campus media to better cover race and activism.
- Where the Carbon Flows: Singapore’s Emissions in a Global Context / New Naratif / 2019 / As concerns over climate change grow in Singapore, many question what one island nation’s actions can possibly change. But as a trading port and financier, its carbon emissions spill far beyond its borders.
Selected Culture Writing and Essays
- What We Can Learn About Activism Today in the Archives of Queer History / The Nation / 2021 / A review of Cait McKinney’s book Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies
- Gritty in Paris / Study Hall / 2020 / A short analysis of the French media’s coverage of the Philadelphia Flyers mascot, who played an unexpected minor role in the 2020 US elections
- The Internet Is Not Forever / ATM / 2020 / A eulogy of the Francophone animation website La Cartoonerie, and the all-consuming worlds of Adobe Flash Player
- Peter Whinnery Is Packing Up Shop / The Penn Gazette / A profile of Peter Whinnery, who ran the UPenn’s performing arts wood shop for 36 years and is behind hundreds of student productions, before his retirement in May 2019
- Evicting Lote Ocho: How a Canadian Mining Company Infiltrated the Guatemalan State / The Intercept / 2020 / By Max Binks-Collier / This fact-check involved reading and speaking Spanish.
- The Death of Working Class Paris / The Nation / 2020 / By Cole Stangler / This fact-check involved reading and speaking French.
- GIJN’s Health and Medicine Guide / GIJN / 2020 / By Catherine Riva and Serena Tinari
- University Scholar and History Honors candidate, 2017–2019
- Research assistant to Dr. Karen Detlefsen in the UPenn Philosophy department, working on the New Narratives project, 2016–2019
- Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: For the education team, I conducted research on Facebook group engagement and planned a reusable social media schedule to engage and connect teachers in a closed group
- Checkpoint Theatre: I created and wrote captions for Instagram and promotional materials
- The Philadelphia Citizen: I made Instagram graphics and captions, created and uploaded during the 2018 Ideas We Should Steal Festival
- iNtuitons Experimental Theatre: I served as Publicity Manager for a year, creating programs and managing our Facebook presence
“What did you actually study?”
Among other things: resistances to French colonialism, linguistics, and creative writing.
“Do you speak French/How much French do you speak?”
I am fluent.
“Qu’est-ce-que vous avez étudié?”
Entre autres: les résistances au colonialisme français, la linguistique, et l’écriture créative.