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Employment Experience

May 2018Present

Communications/Social Media Coordinator

Winnipeg Rifles Football Club

It's only been about a month but I am already making key strides in my new part-time role with the Canadian Junior Football League club. I have been given the creativity and flexibility to provide new content to the team's website and social media streams, while writing stories that help expand the team's brand to the public, especially in Winnipeg and across Manitoba. I'm also pitching in to help with photography and videography if I'm required to do so. In addition, I communicate with members of the local and regional media as to upcoming events and news regarding the Rifles as the organization prepares for the start of the upcoming season.

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 so time management was key, especially on weekends and while writing regularly to deadline. I also covered curling in the winter and golf in the summer, with a focus on high school athletics and other sports. Sometimes this meant writing long-form, feature-style pieces and other times it means churning out simple briefs. I regularly interacted with my digital audience and via social media, snapped photos when required and regularly laid out and copy edited pages. Major events I covered included 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. On weeknight 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 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 a myriad of 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 the Leader-Post's several 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 through 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, the national women's curling championship.

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 

• Photography/Photo Editing

• 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

Matt Packwood — Sports Information and Marketing Officer, Brandon University; (204) 727-7375 or (204) 570-0842

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

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