PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

HUFFINGTON POST Canada

Toronto, ON
January 2016 – present

Blogger

Pitched and wrote blog-style social commentary on current affairs, namely the state of Canadian journalism

First piece gained more than 1,000 shares on Twitter and nearly 600 shares and 3,100 likes on Facebook

In total, active engagement for the piece on all social media platforms exceeded 5,000 times. 

In Canada, this figure exceeds that of certain front-page articles


IT World Canada

Toronto, ON
October 2014 – August 2016

Digital Staff Writer, CDN

Helped Canada’s largest IT publication establish editorial direction, such as news coverage, features and video

Editing and rewriting articles, supervised other writers, checked for fact, style and clarity, assigned projects to the creative team

Covered tech conferences hosted by companies such as Microsoft, Lenovo, Dell, HP, IBM and VMware across North America, interviewed C-level executives in English and French, including the President of Lenovo North America

Oversaw traffic growth and identified readership trends using Google 

Analytics, content management systems, newsletters and traffic drives,

Helped publication achieve 2016 sales target within first month of fiscal year

Covered enterprise IT and business, consumer tech, SMB, cloud, infosec, digital payments, mobility, lawsuits, fraud, e-health, apps, government, work culture, mergers and acquisitions

Wrote features, editorials, breaking news, case studies, profiles, scripts, reviews, infographics, did on-camera interviews, translated from French

dAILY xTRA

Toronto, ON
Dec 2012 – Sept 2014

Reporter

Covered LGBT, human rights and lifestyle issues for Canada’s largest LGBT newspaper

Wrote features with special interest in international issues, news, profiles and provided photojournalism

Interviewed ambassadors, MPs and activists in countries including Canada, the U.S., England, France, Denmark, Ukraine and more

Provided foreign correspondence from France, bilingual interviews

Covered the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, Russian foreign policy, the EU, Canadian politics, lifestyle, education systems, racial issues, modern families, medicine, HIV, sports, technology, the arts

Stories were published nationally in print as well as online

Centretown News

Ottawa, ON
Sept 2011 – Dec 2013

Editor, Videographer, Photographer

Edited an established Ottawa community newspaper, helped set editorial direction and assigned articles

Shot, edited and produced video independently, photography published on front page

Copyedited and handled layout

Wrote articles from a community angle, covered and updated breaking news

Provided real-time coverage of a bomb threat on Parliament

Writing Samples

Suspicious package deemed safe by police – Oct. 16, 2013


International News Services

Ottawa, ON
April 2011 – Sept 2013

Reporter

Edited and copyedited articles bought  by international industry publications in the EU and North America

Pitched and wrote news pieces for clients in industries such as food, tobacco, cosmetics, financial security, minerals, plastics, steel, airports, higher education, textile and more

Assigned stories to freelancers in various countries, coordinated deadlines, helped identify sources, liaised with and engaged new clients

Revamped databases for story ideas

Covered the EU, Asia, the Middle East, and other emerging economies

Writing Samples

LIBYA: Students speak about the rebellion, the future – University World News, Sept. 11, 2011.

EUROPE: ERC plea to double budget – University World News, June 2, 2011.

Construction of Indian-Egyptian PET plant underway – European Plastics News, July 15, 2011.

Lagotto gene sheds light on neurological disease – Dog World, Oct. 13, 2011.


CENTRE INTERNATIONAL D'ETUDES PEDAGOGIQUES

Lorient, FRANCE
Oct 2011 April 2013

English Assistant

Hired by the French Ministry of Education to teach English to high school and post-secondary students

Prepared lesson plans on pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary

Acquired an understanding of the culture, politics, society, bureaucracy

Classes ranged from one-on-one to around 20 students


Canadian Medical Association Journal

Ottawa, ON
Dec 2010

Editorial Intern

Wrote news articles and features on medical research at one of Canada’s oldest and most highly respected peer-reviewed periodicals

Topics included new drugs, recalls, emergency services and public policy

Wrote for a health professional audience

Wrote a feature on international efforts to create an online med school involving China, Canada, England, the U.S., Zambia and Kenya

Writing Samples

Free “global university” launched – February 22, 2011


Languages

English - Native spoken, reading and writing

Chinese - Fluent spoken Mandarin, reading and writing HSK Level 5

French - Fluent spoken, reading and writing

German - Beginner speaking, reading and writing


Software

Wechat, Youku, Weibo, QQ, SEO, Wordpress, YouTube, Google Analytics, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Soundcloud, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop, InDesign, Lightroom, Audition, HTML, Windows and Mac


Education

Bachelor of Journalism, Honours with Minor in French

Advanced new media, TV, radio, photojournalism, international reporting, media law, Canadian and American politics

Carleton University
Ottawa, ON

Zhejiang University
Hangzhou, China

Chinese Language and Culture

Mandarin Chinese vocabulary and grammar, oral, reading and writing
 


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