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Work experience

2013Present

Freelance Photographer, Videographer, Graphic Designer

eNewsDigest, VinJo Media

Working on project basis, seasonal assignments at Ideas Unlimited, DRC Video Productions, Future Stars Sports Photography. Presenting video-news reports and photographs on various subjects and events for online publications.

Mar 2015March 2016

Executive Editor

Immigrant Times

Developing, modifying and editing contents for the website. Creating editorial themes. Implementing creative ideas to increase website traffic.  Identifying and liaising with potential contributors and advertisers. Managing Social Media Accounts. 

Dec 2014Mar 2015

Advisory Board Member

Immigrant Times Corporation

Sharing the editorial/ media experience to make the website more impressive and live. Recommending contents to attract more readers. Planning social media strategies to build traffic. 

Mar 2012Apr 2013

Hub Co-Ordinator

Malayala Manorama

Coordinating the desk level operations at the Kochi Hub of the largest selling language daily in India. Assigning and monitoring the editorial duties of sub-editors, reporters and photographers with the guidance of Chief News Editor and Chief of Bureau.

May 2011Mar 2012

Chief Sub Editor

Malayala Manorama

Independently handling the production of 'Padippura', the publication for high schools students from Malayala Manorama, the largest selling langauge daily in India. Communicating with writers, educational experts and teachers. Proof reading the contents. Planning and organizing corporate events and contests for students and youth.

Jun 2007Apr 2011

Manager/ Chief Correspondent

Malayala Manorama FZ LLC

Leading the operations of the only international bureau of Malayala Manorama, the largest selling language daily in India. Executing corporate projects and policies. Recruiting and mentoring new staff and contributors in the Middle East. Supervising in-house and outsourced teams of different divisions. 

Education

Jan 20152017

Digital Marketing Management

School of Continuing Studies (University of Toronto)

In progress. Joined to complete a certification program in digital marketing management. Objective is to become a digital marketing 'specialist', integrating the skills and experience in  journalism, media and graphic design. 

Sep 2013Sep 2014

Diploma

CDI College, Mississauga

Graduated with honours in the visual graphic design diploma program. Acquired technical background in Adobe Creative Suite CS5; Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Flash and Dreamweaver. 

Video Resume

Video Resume of Vinod John prepared for the digital marketing management program (School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto, Canada)

After Effects Creative

After Effects creative by Vinod John on 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup mood.

Logo in After Effects

Logo created by Vinod John for VinJo Media company in After Effects.

News Reporting

Video Report prepared by Vinod John in Adobe Premiere on the big screen viewing of India -Pakistan World Cup Cricket match on 2015 Feb 14, hosted by Pepsi Canada at The Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Canada. 

Skills

Photojournalism

Filed noteworthy news photos as well as related reports. Photographed international events and personalities. Accredited to cover the FIFA 2006 Germany World Cup. 

Team Management

Four years of managerial experience as the Manager and Chief Correspondent in the international bureau of a well known media group. Excellent skills in managing a team which includes seniors to juniors. 

News Reporting

Excelled in news reporting, especially in the field of politics, business and sports. Contributed noted exclusive stories. Grabbed a number of external and internal awards for news reporting.

Copy Editing

Exemplary skills in framing headings and coining words. Excellent in editing copies and photographs. Hands-on experience in trimming and enhancing news items, corporate press releases. 

Digital Marketing, Design

Incorporates the journalism experience into Graphic Design and Digital Marketing. Hands-on experience in designing logos, posters, flyers, websites and brand building. Quick learner. 

Videography, Video Editing

Technically skilled in covering socio-cultral events for news and online publications and preparing news reports for the organizers. Professionally trained in video editing and presentation of the events.

Interview

Specilised in interviewing political, business and sports personalities. Contributed notable interviews from different segments of the society which includes Franz Beckenbauer, the organizer of 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Public Relations

Maintains excellent professional and personal relationship with people from different segments of life. Good rapport with business owners, sporting icons, political leaders, officials. 

Link to LinkedIn

Twitter Handle

Facebook Pages

Excellent In

  • Managing content development and editorial calendars. 
  • Assigning, editing and writing content.
  • Generating editorial, design and marketing themes and  strategies. 
  • Creative photography, videography and designing.
  • Leading social media campaigns across multiple platforms. 
  • Developing Search Engine Optimisation campaigns.
  • Multi-tasking and coordinating.
  • Cultivating new online communities.

Part-time/ Volunteering

Contract Videographer- DRC Video Productions, Vaughan (2015)

Contract Photographer- Future Stars Sports Photography, Toronto (2014)

Contract Photographer- Marathon Photos, Mississauga (2014)

Volunteer- PanAm Games, Toronto (2015)

Volunteer- FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup, Toronto (2015)

Volunteer- Rogers TV, Mississauga (2014)

Volunteer Photographer- Homes First, Toronto (2014)

Volunteer Photographer- Photographers without Borders, Toronto (2014)