Resumé

Objectives 

To tell compelling stories and engage with a wide audience using the multimedia skills I have developed as a journalist, communicator and graduate of Red River College’s Creative Communications program.

Qualifications

  • Experience writing articles and briefs for print and online news sources, as well as writing news releases, print and radio advertisements, proposals and creative briefs.
  • Proficiency with a wide array of social media and web tools including WordPress, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Vine, Snapchat and various social media management apps including Tweetdeck and Buffer.
  • Extensive knowledge of Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Creative Cloud, with a focus on Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere and InDesign.
  • Experience using DSLR cameras, ENG cameras, external microphones and studio lighting kits.
  • Strong grasp of graphic design fundamentals with experience laying out newspaper pages, magazine spreads, brochures, fact sheets, newsletters and web pages.

Education

Red River College – Creative Communications Diploma (2013 – 2015)
University of Winnipeg – B.A. Communications (2008 – 2012)

Relevant Experience and Responsibilities

Multimedia Reporter, Photographer, Copy Editor, Page Assembler & Social Media Manager – The Metro, Canstar Community News (2018-present)

  • Finding and writing news, arts, business, feature and sports stories about west Winnipeg on a weekly deadline.
  • Creating a balanced weekly editorial schedule and organizing interviews.
  • Taking photos to accompany each story and create a compelling front page.
  • Copy editing and laying out the paper each week.
  • Posting stories and photos to the web using Clickability.
  • Sharing weekly stories to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and using social media to find stories and connect with potential interview subjects.

Reporter, Columnist, Photographer, Copy Editor & Page Assembler – The Brandon Sun (2015 – 2016)

  • Writing and pitching original stories related to First Nations affairs, healthcare and the arts for Western Manitoba’s largest daily newspaper.
  • Covering breaking news and updating web and social media platforms in real time.
  • Editing copy and laying out pages on a tight daily deadline.
  • Developing reliable contacts and engaging with the local community online and in person.
  • Promoting daily and feature articles on various social media platforms and posting content on The Brandon Sun’s behalf.
  • Writing a weekly arts and culture column for The Brandon Sun’s community newspaper.
  • Editing video and developing a large-scale multimedia project about local Second World War veterans, titled “Knights of D-Day.” This project won an EPPY Award in 2016.

Digital Media Manager – The University of Winnipeg (2016-2018)

  • Scheduling posts, monitoring activity and tracking engagement on UWinnipeg’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram accounts.
  • Providing live social media coverage of major university events.
  • Pitching and writing stories about student, faculty, and staff research.
  • Writing media releases and taking media requests.
  • Taking photographs and managing the university’s photo archive.
  • Shooting and editing campus video features and uploading them to the university’s YouTube channel.
  • Assisting with event promotion and running contests to engage with students on social media.

Reporter & Photographer – Metro Winnipeg (2015)

  • Writing concise local news articles and briefs for print and online.
  • Finding and pitching exclusive stories and covering breaking news.
  • Writing two to three articles each day.
  • Taking photos to accompany articles.
  • Tweeting while on location.
  • Working with tight deadlines.

Content Creator & Web Curator – Winnipeg Folk Stories (2014 – 2016)

  • Photographing and interviewing Winnipeg Folk Festival attendees.
  • Creating written and visual content for online consumption.
  • Developing a submission-based website using WordPress.
  • Editing user submissions.
  • Posting content regularly to the site and its associated social media pages.

Arts & Culture Beat Reporter, Intern Editor – The Projector (2013 – 2015)

  • Writing feature articles for each issue of Red River College’s student newspaper.
  • Photographing and editing images to accompany articles.
  • Editing contributor articles and creating bi-weekly story lists.
  • Finding interesting arts & culture stories targeted at a college audience in Winnipeg.
  • Conducting interviews.
  • Working with tight deadlines.

News Contributor – The Uniter (2011 – 2012)

  • Writing feature articles and news briefs for the University of Winnipeg’s student newspaper.
  • Researching relevant news stories and conducting interviews
  • Working with tight deadlines.

Awards

  • EPPY Award for best news or event feature video with less than one million unique monthly visitors for “Knights of D-Day” (2016)
  • Eric & Jack Wells Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award (2015)
  • Manitoba Magazine Publishers Association Award, Best Design: Boiler Magazine (2014)
  • Women in Media Foundation Award (2014)

References

Available upon request.

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