Multimedia Journalism Portfolio
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Resume

Curriculum vitae

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CAREER EXPERIENCE

Freelance Reporter/Producer for radio, TV and web | 2013 – Present
• CBCNews.ca - CBC's Web features, Toronto, Ontario
• The World This Weekend - CBC National Network Radio, Toronto, Ontario
• The Doc Project - CBC National Network Radio, Toronto, Ontario
The Current - CBC National Network Radio, Toronto, Ontario
• Now or Never - CBC National Network Radio, Winnipeg, Manitoba
The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Ontario
The Coast, Halifax, Nova Scotia
• Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC), Halifax, Nova Scotia

Reporter, Video Journalist | January 2017 – March 2018
CBC Calgary - Calgary, Alberta
• Headed up a one-woman pop-up bureau in Lethbridge, Alta. for six months. The remaining time was spent filing radio, video and web stories in the Calgary newsroom.
• Worked as both a VJ and a MOJO (mobile journalist). 

Associate Producer – The Calgary Eyeopener | September 2015 – December 2016
CBC Calgary - Calgary, Alberta
• Involved tracking down original story ideas as well as current affairs takes on the news of the day. Included daily chases, writing greens, and working to deadline.
• Also included field work and producing audio features/documentaries.

Associate Producer – Digital & Radio Current Affairs | April 2015 – September 2015
CBC Manitoba - Winnipeg, Manitoba
• Worked to curate an online presence and content for CBC Manitoba’s current affairs radio programming.
• Experimented with new story treatments and social media techniques.

Practicum Radio Reporter and Producer | January 2015 – March 2015
The Banff Centre - Banff, Alberta
• A three-month contract to work in and learn about the production of community radio at Banff Centre Radio. The focus was mountain culture and ecological stories.

Associate Producer / Investigative Researcher / Reporter | June 2014 – December 2014
CBC Nova Scotia - Halifax, Nova Scotia
• Responsibilities ranged from script writing for the supper-hour news, to reporting stories for radio, television and CBC.ca.
• Also worked with the I-Unit to do background research, file Access to Information requests and conduct interviews for further background on stories.

 

EDUCATION

Master of Science: Global Energy and Climate Policy 2018 – 
University of London, London, United Kingdom

Bachelor of Journalism 2013 – 2014
University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Bachelor of Arts: Economics and Political Science 2009 – 2013
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

 

ACHIEVEMENTS & Awards

Associate Producer of  "News Special: The Death of Jim Prentice" – winner of the regional Charlie Edwards Award for Spot News
April 2017
CBC Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
• On Oct. 13, 2016 Jim Prentice, the former premier of Alberta, died in a plane crash. CBC Calgary was the first to confirm the death and a team of radio producers and hosts from the morning and noon shows went live with a province-wide break in special that went on for hours, in memoriam of a man who had a hand in shaping both Alberta and Canadian politics. 

Associate Producer of “Misogyny at Dal School of Dentistry" – winner of the national Dan McArthur Award for In-depth/Investigative Journalism
June 2015
CBC Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
• In a scandal that made national headlines in December 2014, CBC Nova Scotia broke the story about male dentistry students at Dalhousie University engaging in a Facebook group that objectified and demeaned their female classmates. 

Associate Producer of “A Day in the Life of Nova Scotia” – winner of the national Dave Rogers Award
June 2015
CBC Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia
• On Oct. 17, 2014, CBC invited people to share their view of Nova Scotia with everyone else. Thousands took up the challenge and more than 5,000 photos and videos were melded together to create a 23-minute documentary as well as an accompanying photo wall.

Scholar – Canadian Military Journalism Course May 2014
The Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
• The group spent a week and a half with military personnel and journalists whom had reported from conflict zones, learning about the operations of the Canadian Armed Forces.
• Participated in a Non-combatant Evacuation Operation training exercise for the Third Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry as a member of the Contemporary Operating Environment Forces (COEFOR).

 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Special Projects Researcher – Internship July 2011 – January 2013
Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation (DHAF), Montreal, Quebec
• Headed up research into special topics/problems that arose for the Somali non-governmental organization. This required writing concise reports reviewing the research and suggesting solutions to the problem at hand.
• Also acted as a content creator for the organization’s newsletter and website.

President 2009 – 2013
McGill Red Thunder, Montreal, Quebec
• A club responsible for attracting McGill students to Varsity Athletics’ events.
• Responsible for overseeing the executive committee and all of the club’s activities.
• Operating McGill Red Thunder offered a great deal of hands-on business experience, including but not limited to: creating operating budgets, developing sponsorship packages, negotiating contracts, and delegation of tasks.

Event Organizer of Independent Event Summer 2012
A Symposium on Head Injuries in Hockey, Dryden, Ontario
• The event brought together members of the hockey community with host the Honourable Ken Dryden to facilitate discussion as well as find a solution to head injuries in hockey at the local level.
• Responsible for all aspects of the event’s creation, preparation and organization.

 

SKILLS

• Languages: English as a first language; conversational level of oral and written French; working to improve basic skills in Italian and Arabic.

• Exceptional time management skills, works well in a team and individually.

• Computer skills: Adobe Creative Suites, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Audition, Microsoft Suites, AVID software, Dalet sound editing software, Mac/PC literate.

• Has received mobile journalism training and as executed the training in local reporting as well as while freelancing internationally. 

• Familiar with a number of programs used to cultivate data journalism stories.