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Summary

*Award-winning journalist on wide-ranging subjects; international work experience

* Former editor with superior communication, research, design, recruiting skills

*Engaging social media maven with proven engagement, monitoring and analysis abilities

* Organized manager with excellent mentoring, team-building and presentation skills.

*Passionate about education, social justice; extensive volunteering and event management experience

Work History

Feb 2013Present

Staff Reporter

The New Bedford Standard-Times - New Bedford, MA

Justice-oriented reporter covering race, immigration, education, breaking news, arts and social issues, including coverage which led the city to open its first women's shelter and create a homeless fund for fisherman.
Huffington Post news blogger; food reviewer and blogger.
Newsroom leader on social media, community engagement and digital planning. Spearheaded project to mentor University of Massachusetts Dartmouth college newspaper. editorial team.

Sept. 2001Present

Volunteer Media Coordinator, Event Organizer

Amra Kojon music group - Providence, RI

Coordinator of a regional Bengali folk music chorus group with more than 200 members.
Helped recruit, seek funding, host and plan events, including performances in New England, New York, Washington, D.C., and London.
Created and maintained website, mailing lists, blog.
Pitched stories, wrote press releases , organized photography and video coverage by press.

Aug 2006Feb 2013

Editor, Staff Reporter 

Somerville Journal and Cambridge Chronicle - Somerville, MA

Reported digital news, produced videos , promoted stories via social media while providing in-depth analysis for the print edition.
Managed ,recruited and trained reporters,  correspondents, interns.
Edited paper, designed pages and coordinated with remote advertising and publishing teams .
Founded and maintained a food and dining blog on Wordpress
Attended and organized events, built relationships and acted as face of the company in the community
Stories helped prevent an adult daycare center from closing and a Pop Warner football program from losing its field, exposed corruption at the parking department and shone a light on hiring loopholes that allowed a sex offender to get a job in a public school system. 

Nov 2001Aug 2006

Assistant Editor, Reporter

Community Newspaper Company - Needham, MA

General assignment reporter covering crime, politics, education and the arts for several community newspapers in the Boston region.
Broke stories on racism at a popular Boston nightclub, reported on illegal nursing home in Allston and a lawsuit which led to a latex balloon ban at MetroWest public schools.
Designed pages, edited contributed columns and reported on public health issues, spot news and human interest stories published in the Boston Herald.

May 1998Apr 1999

Copy Editor, City Reporter

The Indian Express - Bombay, India

City reporter for a national English daily newspaper covering politics,  development and the emerging Internet in India.
Edited copy, managed freelancers, designed pages for Web Vision, an Internet weekly,.
Served as corporate mentor for college students.
Conceived, planned and edited special projects involving national travel and corporate management interviews.

Apr 1999Aug 1999

Assistant Film Editor

Advani Productions - Bombay, India

Production team member and key coordinator for a Bollywood children's feature film under director and producer Sunil Advani.
Scoped out talent and shooting locations, organized and delivered scripts, planned daily film shoots.
Wrote English subtitles and provided a narrative voice for a Bengali documentary on folk dance.

Education

2001

M.A. in Print and Multimedia Journalism

Emerson College - Boston, MA

Courses in global journalism, digital publishing, magazine writing, news reporting.

1997

Diploma in Social Communications Media

Sophiya Polytechnic - Bombay, India

Graduate courses in film, photography, TV and print journalism, advertising, PR, marketing.

1996

B.A. in English Language and Literature

Symbiosis College of Arts & Sciences, Poona University - Pune, India

Courses in Old English literature, Shakespeare, linguistics, the modern short story. 

Skills

Engagement

Dynamic writer, communicator and team player skilled at engaging audiences, sparking memorable conversations in person, print or online.

Digital skills

Blogger and social media ace adept in analytics, SEO and content management systems as well as creating and editing photo, video, multimedia packages.

Languages

Fluent in English, Bengali and Hindi; basic knowledge of French and Arabic.

References

Available on request