•Liaised with media, government and the general public
•Generated story ideas and wrote articles about a wide range of community-based issues
•Attended community meetings and events
•Took photos, wrote and edited headlines, cutlines, summaries and photo captions
•Chief contributor to The Weekly News series of local newspapers and former writer with the now defunct Daily News in Halifax
•Find and organize a variety of community news items each week and assist with story ideas for other writers. Cover a wide range of issues including education, business, current news and events
•Regularly attend and report on issues arising from municipal council and other community meetings
•Arrange and conduct interviews and coordinate photos
•Proven record of building and maintaining positive relationships with key contacts
•In editor’s absence, responsible for regular updates to Transcontinental Media’s Weekly News website via UNIS (United Newspaper Information System) program. Ensure up-to-date news information and accompanying photos are uploaded in a timely manner
•Handle calls from members of the public regarding news queries, complaints, and advertising requests
•Attend quarterly meetings. Tasked with taking shorthand notes to transcribe into Official Minutes for subsequent meetings
•Liaise with group president prior to meetings to ensure proposed agenda items include unresolved issues outlined in record of the Official Minutes
•Participate in the association’s annual audit. Ensure audit and slate of elected officers and accompanying information is sent to and received by the Nova Scotia Registry of Joint Stocks
•Print/copy/scan documents and make phone calls/send e-mails on behalf of the association as required
•Contributing to development of the group’s new community-based website and Facebook page by helping create a system for delivering relevant local content in a timely fashion
•Responsible for translating public events documents from English into French
•Offer freelance services for clients requesting varied services, including web and advertising copy, press releases, proof reading and editing, writing funding proposals and business letters
•Provide superior and timely client interaction to ensure all needs are met
Provided a wide range of news-related copy for the editorial department.
Generated news stories by interviewing, research, building and maintaining contacts, investigating leads, attending press conferences and working closely with fellow reporters and the editors. Also required to take photographs and develop them in the darkroom.
Supervisory experience. Delegated by editor on several occasions to collaborate with senior reporter to determine copy, photos, layout and design in editor's absence.
Acquired a knack for dealing with more demanding clients while producing copy for the newspaper's advertising department.
Deadline-driven communications professional with impeccable writing, research, organization and public relations skills. Extensive experience working with a wide range of stakeholders across a variety of sectors, including: universities, hospitals, elected officials, non-profit groups, business organizations and members of the general public. A proven record of discretion dealing with sensitive and confidential information. Highly adaptable to changing and challenging situations.
• First place in "Feature Series" category in the Canadian Community Newspaper Association's national journalism competition, July 2000
• First place in the "Investigative Journalism" category in the Atlantic Community Newspaper Association's annual awards competition, June 2000
• First place in the "Investigative Journalism" category in the Atlantic Community Newspaper Association's annual awards competition, May 1999
Ordre de la Pléiade Medal, Grade de Chevalier (Knight)
Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophone (based in Belgium)
The Ordre de la Pléiade is an international honour bestowed by the European-based Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie. The medal was awarded this spring to 11 Nova Scotians who made contributions to the Acadian and francophone community in education, business, craft, heritage promotion, community development, women's rights, municipal politics, writings, community radio, and preservation of the French language and culture.
In my case, the award was based largely on my commitment to sharing the stories of the Francophone community with the Anglophone community via The Weekly News.
•Coursework comprised academic studies in addition to a focus on practical components of journalism that included, but were not limited to, creative and factual writing, editing, reporting and interviewing techniques for print, broadcast and online media.