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Umar’s beats are sports, technology and data journalism while also having covered lifestyle and local news in which they have been published in publications such as Mirror Sport, Express.co.uk, The Overtake, Journo Resources and more.

Umar covers multiple sports, which include motorsport, Gaelic games, tennis, rugby union and more as well as covering data-led news, investigations and technology.

While freelancing for other outlets, Umar runs Snooker Data Junkie, a project dedicated to producing data stories around snooker.

Editorial Samples

The autistic football fan who has visited 92 football league clubs in 12 years – The Overtake

Skinny Oat Latte please! Some of the best vegetarian and vegan coffee shops to help your productivity – Birmingham Updates

Where’s the vinyl? The hidden gems of Birmingham’s record shops – Birmingham Updates

Which WWE Superstars are the most successful in WrestleMania main events? -Mirror Sport

EXCLUSIVE – Government Awards £500m Data Centre Contract without Competitive Tender as Brexit Looms – Computer Business Review

Need a hand with data visualisations and infographics? Umar uses data to design clean, concise visuals using Tableau, Datawrapper, R and Infogram, as well as self-shooting and editing video content on Umar’s own YouTube channel.

“Umar has many qualities but one has stood out for me, it has been evident from the first day I met him that he genuinely cares about other people. I have seen him take responsibility and volunteer and be willing to help others and would be an asset in team based environments.” – Dave Rooke – Head of Content Services at Sky UK

“Umar has been very enthusiastic with his work and keen to make the most of the opportunity with theCheckeredFlag.co.uk.

“He has understood the values we represent at TCF and fitted in with our house style quickly.”  – Vince Pettit – Editor-in-Chief of theCheckeredFlag.co.uk

If you would like more information about Umar, his experience and how to get in touch for new opportunities or a chat, you can contact him via the contact me page as well as accessing a copy of his up-to-date CV here.