Certificate in Art and Design from Central Saint Martins, London, United Kingdom; BA Hons (Film Studies, Mass Communication), Carleton University; MA (Communication Studies), McGill University
Saalem completed a BA Honours in Film Studies and Mass Communication from Carleton University, as well as a Certificate in Art and Design from Central Saint Martins, London, United Kingdom. He completed his M.A. in Communication Studies at McGill University where his thesis, published as a monograph, focused on how political displacement affects personal narrative. He has also worked at Carleton University as a contract instructor in Film Studies, where he taught a 2nd year course on National Cinema as well as a 4th year seminar on Archival and Curatorial Practice.
Currently as an archivist at CBC/Radio-Canada in Ottawa, he archives news and current affairs stories for radio and television and stock footage in the regional and parliamentary bureaus, working in English and French, as well as actively promotes items in the collection for circulation on social media. He has also worked as a conservator and archivist at Library and Archives Canada, has presented internationally on visual archives as well as represented CBC/Radio-Canada by presenting papers at provincial and national conferences related to digital archives.
Saalem is interested in processes of information management in a digital newsroom, focusing on the challenges related to reporting on discourses and genealogies of terrorism.