Tonaya Marr

Tonaya Marr

Summary

In September 2013, Tonaya accepted a full-time video journalist position at CTV Regina. Previously, Tonaya occupied the position of chase producer at CTV Morning Live in Regina, where she helped produce a three-hour live television news program, while improving her own on-air abilities. As chase producer, Tonaya had to think on her feet and adapt quickly to developing and breaking news, while working with a strong team to create the most-watched morning show in Saskatchewan.In May 2013, Tonaya was approached with the opportunity to create and manage the social media campaign of Explore Regina, a rapidly-growing Regina tourism guide that is expanding its presence online. She enthusiastically tackles this role, and works to make Explore Regina’s social media engaging and informative.Tonaya’s career in broadcast journalism began in January 2012, when she started at CTV Regina as an intern video journalist for the 6 p.m. news. As an intern, she improved her videography, editing and writing skills while working in a fast-paced newsroom. Following the internship, Tonaya was invited to continue working for CTV Regina as a weekend video journalist and web journalist. She also interned at the Regina Leader-Post as a daily news reporter. In this role, Tonaya worked to write multiple stories each day, while completing long-form features for QC Magazine. Tonaya continues to freelance for the Regina Leader-Post.Before entering the journalism program, Tonaya worked as a summer student for two weekly newspapers: The Estevan Mercury and the Southeast Trader Express. She developed her skills in news reporting and editorial writing, and also enjoyed a stint as the papers’ web editor. After completing her second run as a student reporter in August 2011, Tonaya was invited to freelance weekly columns and weekly editorial pieces to the Southeast Trader Express, a position she continued until April 2013.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2012 - Present

Video journalist/news reporter

CTV Regina

-Independently film, edit and voice content for six o’clock news-Research accuracy of news content-Pitch creative and original news content-Schedule interviews for stories-Manage time and quickly turn around content-Write web content-Take photographs for web content-Monitor and update websites in Saskatoon and Regina-Use social media to provide updates of breaking news, original content

Dec 2012 - Present

Freelance contributor

Regina Leader-Post

-Produce creative content for the newspaper’s Entertainment section-Schedule interviews-Meet deadlines-Creatively provide coverage and previews of lesser-known musicians

Apr 2013 - Present

Director of Social Media

Explore Regina

-Create an online social media presence for a growing Regina travel guide-Monitor and update multiple social media accounts to provide useful and relevant information-Promote functions and contests encouraged by Explore Regina management-Attend and cover local events in effort to create more content for social media profiles-Actively promote newly launched travel website, exploreregina.com-Attend business functions to represent Explore Regina

Sep 2011 - Apr 2013

Freelance columnist

Estevan Mercury/Southeast Trader Express

-Generate and write weekly columns filled with original and entertaining content-Contribute weekly to “He said, She said” editorial-Work with “He said, She said” co-contributor to create original content-Respond to written comments from readers

May 2012 - Aug 2012

News reporter

Regina Leader Post

-Internship through University of Regina School of Journalism-Daily general reporter responsible for covering local events-Provide copy for daily newspaper, weekly magazine and website-Schedule interviews and photo shoots for stories and features-Pitch unique content to city editor-Record and photograph content for website-Use social media to provide updates of breaking news, original content

Jul 2010 - Aug 2011

Summer student

Estevan Merucry/Southeast Trader Express

-Summer student position used to fill necessary roles in the weekly papers’ newsroom-Cover local content-Capture video of local events and upload to website-Create original content for website, including video and written content-Take photographs to accompany stories

Education

Education
Sep 2010 - Apr 2013

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism

University of Regina