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Eager for New Opportunity 

As a five-year-old kid living in Winnipeg I still remember running into the living room of my grandparents' house, seizing the   Winnipeg Free Press and flipping to the agate page. Twenty-plus years later, the chance to write for the newspaper I first ogled over would, in a sense, bring a young boy's dream full circle.

Although I don't currently report on the news, I have a strong background in it and am passionate about sharing stories caked with human interest. I would love the opportunity to showcase, continue improving my journalism skills and add to the tremendous work being produced by the Free Press  editorial team. 

Thank you for your time and considering me for the open reporter position at the newspaper.

Work Experience

December 2015Present

Sports Reporter/Photographer

The Brandon Sun

With a focus that covers a large chunk of southwestern Manitoba, there's no shortage of sports to write about. Although my primary beats include coverage of Brandon University's six athletic teams, curling in the winter and golf in the summer, I also focus on high school athletics and other less prominent sports. Sometimes this means writing long-form, feature-style pieces and other times it means simple briefs. I constantly interact on social media, taking photos if required and regularly laying out and copy editing pages, including the agate page. 

May 2015November 2015

Night Reporter

Regina Leader-Post

For six months, I was tasked with pitching and writing stories assigned to me, while keeping an ear to the police scanner for breaking news. Between attending municipal committee meetings, rushing out to house fires and learning about Canadian aviation history, I welcomed sharing such diverse stories in print and digitally. I also helped with designing pages, copy editing and updating the website and social media accounts when called upon. 

August 2013May   2015

Reporter/Photographer

Moose Jaw Times-Herald

I pitched, researched and wrote stories pertaining primarily to health and education. This involved but was not limited to attending school board meetings, quizzing regional health officials on public concerns surrounding construction of the city's hospital and regularly engaging with students of all ages. Photography, shooting video, providing online updates and providing information via social media channels were included in my responsibilities.

July 2012July 2013

Associate Account Operator

Xerox

Working inside the mail room at Brownlee LLP in Edmonton, I performed daily tasks such as faxing, printing, copying or scanning jobs, mail runs and dealt with couriers.

January 2011April 2011

Intern Reporter

Edmonton Journal

As a general assignment and sports intern writer, I was assigned and pitched stories relating to local sports and news that ranged from weather to festivals and lacrosse to hockey.

April 2007August   2011 (seasonally)

Pro Shop Assistant

Pioneer Meadows Golf Course

Over five golf seasons in Edmonton, I worked my way up to the highest position in the pro shop. As the tournament coordinator, I booked tournaments and made sure they were looked after. I also involved in the day-to-day happening on the golf course and dealt with financials, hiring and scheduling junior staff members and customer service.

Portfolio

Below are a handful of stories I have written over the past several years at the newspapers I have been employed by.

Skills

• InDesign

• QuarkXPress

• Photoshop

• Videolicious

Education

September 2010April 2012

Bachelor of Journalism

University of Regina

Print journalism was my focus but I also took a liking to long-form magazine writing.

September 2006April 2010

Bachelor of Arts

University of Alberta

I majored in history and minored in English as a student-athlete (golf).

Volunteering

2015            Regina Touch Football League referee

2011-13     Edmonton Touch Football Association referee

2011           CBC Saskatchewan CBC vote mob reporter

2010           The Carillon sports writer

2010           92nd PGA Championship media centre volunteer

2009-10     The Gateway sports staff writer

References

Juris Graney

— Reporter at the Edmonton Journal. He can be reached at (306) 216-1052 or jgraney@postmedia.com

Tim Switzer

— Regina Leader-Post city co-ordinator. He can be reached at (306) 536-8672 or tswitzer@postmedia.com.

Lyndsay Hanson

— Former Moose Jaw Times-Herald managing editor. She can be reached at (306) 630-6547 or l_alexander21@hotmail.com.