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Work Experience

December 2015Present

Sports Reporter/Photographer

The Brandon Sun

As the beat reporter for Brandon University's six athletic teams, I regularly spend time at practices from September to March chatting with coaches and players ahead of games. This keeps me busy and time management is key, especially on weekends and when I'm writing every day on deadline. I also cover curling in the winter and golf in the summer, with a  focus on high school athletics and other less prominent sports. Sometimes this means writing long-form, feature-style pieces and other times it means churning out simple briefs. I constantly interact with my audience on Twitter, take photos when required and regularly lay out and copy edit pages. Major events I have covered include the 2017 Canada Summer Games, 2017 Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships, 2016 Canada Cup of Curling, 2016 CIS Women's Volleyball Championship and a pair of Tamarack golf tournaments. 

May 2015November 2015

Night Reporter

Regina Leader-Post

Transitioning from regular daytime hours to a shift that didn't end most nights until midnight was a challenge. Past 6 p.m., I was often the lone news reporter working on weeknights and had to work independently and keep an ear to the police scanner for breaking news. I also attended municipal committee meetings, rushed out to house fires and learned about the history of the B-25 Mitchell Bomber, a plane used by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. I welcomed sharing diverse stories in print and digital formats,  which included coverage of the 2015 federal election. I also helped design and copy edit pages, and updated the website and social media channels.

August 2013May   2015

Reporter/Photographer

Moose Jaw Times-Herald

I began my  journalism career in a smaller Saskatchewan city local newspaper. Starting from scratch, I learned the ins and outs of the community and the people who lived in it. It took time but via conversations, interviews  and research I engrained myself in my primary role as the health and education reporter. This involved but was not limited to attending school board meetings, quizzing regional health officials on public concerns surrounding construction of the city's new hospital and regularly engaging with students of all ages. I snapped photos, shot video, updated the company's website and provided real-time information via social media channels. One of my highlights was covering the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

January 2011April 2011

Intern Reporter

Edmonton Journal

Out of all my classmates, I was the lone person to receive an internship with one of western Canada's largest newspapers.  I worked as a general assignment and sports intern writer. I was assigned stories relating to local sports, such as the National Lacrosse League's Edmonton Rush to the Western Hockey League's Edmonton Oil Kings' playoff run. I also covered breaking news that included then-federal NDP leader Jack Layton's surprise visit to Edmonton and some of the city's record 47 homicides.

Education

September 2010April 2012

Bachelor of Journalism

University of Regina
September 2006April 2010

Bachelor of Arts

University of Alberta

Major: History; Minor: English

Technical Skills

• Microsoft Office: Excel, Mail, PowerPoint, Word

• Photography/Photo Editing

• Social Media: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Vimeo

• Videography 

• Web Management: Wordpress

Professional Skills

• Adaptable

• Attentive

Efficient

• People Oriented

• Quick Learner

• Smart Communicator

• Time Management

Volunteering

2011           CBC Saskatchewan CBC Vote Mob Reporter

2010           92nd PGA Championship Media Centre Volunteer

2009-10     The Gateway University of Alberta Sports Reporter

References

Available upon request.