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Employment Experience

May 2018Present

Communications/Social Media Co-ordinator

Winnipeg Rifles Football Club

In a part-time capacity, I have worked on adding creativity and flexibility to the Canadian Junior Football League squad's website and social media streams in an effort to provide new content, while additionally writing stories that help expand the team's brand to the public, especially in Winnipeg and across Manitoba. In addition, I pitch in to help with photography and videography if I'm required to do so. and I communicate with members of the local and regional media as to upcoming events and news regarding the Rifles.

December 2015May 2018

Sports Reporter/Photographer

The Brandon Sun

As the beat reporter for Brandon University's seven athletic teams, I regularly spent time at practices talking with coaches and players ahead of games, while also writing game previews and stories, plus features on athletes. This kept me busy and time management was key, especially on weekends and while regularly writing to deadline. I also covered curling in the winter and golf in the summer, with a focus on high school athletics and other sports throughout the academic year. Sometimes this meant writing long-form, feature-style pieces and other times it means churning out a plethora of briefs. I regularly interacted with my digital audience via social media, snapped photos when required and regularly laid out and edited pages. Among the major events I covered were the 2017 Canada Summer Games, 2017 Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships, 2016 Canada Cup of Curling, the 2016 CIS Women's Volleyball Championship and a pair of Tamarack golf tournaments at the Clear Lake Golf Course.

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. During the evenings, I was often the lone news reporter on staff 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 fires and homicides, 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 informing the city on its happenings and sharing a myriad of diverse stories in print and digital formats,  which included coverage of the 2015 federal election. I also helped design and edit pages, and updated the website and the Leader-Post's several social media channels.

August 2013May 2015

Reporter/Photographer

Moose Jaw Times-Herald

I began my journalism career at a small, 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 through conversations, interviews  and research I entrenched myself in my primary role as the health and education reporter. This included  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 website and provided real-time information via social media channels. I enjoyed covering the 2015 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the national women's curling championship, attended provincial budget days in Regina and was on the scene for almost a full day during and after a destructive fire wiped out several High Street businesses and residences.

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

• Broadcasting 

• Copy Editing/Layout Design: InDesign, Quark

• Photography/Photo Editing: Photoshop

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

• Videography 

• Web Management: Wordpress

Professional Skills

• Adaptable

• Attentive

Efficient

• People-focused

• Quick learner

• Smart communicator

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

Chris Jaster — Sports Editor, The Brandon Sun; (204) 571-7402 or (204) 761-9813

Tim Switzer — City Co-ordinator, Regina Leader-Post; (2204) 536-7682

Lyndsay Hanson — Former Managing Editor, Moose Jaw Times-Herald; (306) 630-6547