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CAREER EXPERIENCE

Reporter – Digital, Radio & TV News | January 2017 – Present
CBC Calgary - Calgary, Alberta
• The first six months were spent working as a one-woman bureau based in Lethbridge, Alta., filing for all platforms from the field. From July onward, the job was based in Calgary.
• Was trained as one of CBC's first reporters working entirely as a mobile journalist or "MOJO". This involves filing video, radio and web-based stories, as well as social media components using a smart phone as the primary tool. 
• Also worked a video journalist using the broadcast-quality cameras to shoot, edit and report stories for daily assignment.  

Freelance Reporter/Producer | 2013 – Present
• 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

Associate Producer – The Calgary Eyeopener | September 2015 – December 2016
CBC Calgary - Calgary, Alberta
• Worked with the Calgary Eyeopener team, to produce Calgary's #1 radio morning show.
• Involved tracking down original story ideas as well as current affairs takes on the news of the day. Including daily chases, finding guests, writing greens, and working to deadline.
• Also gathered in the field for audio features and documentaries that aired on the morning show. 

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 filing and vetting Access to Information requests, to reporting stories for radio, television and CBC.ca.

 

EDUCATION

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 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 “A Day in the Life of Nova Scotia” – winner of 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
• Responsible for thoroughly researching 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.