Carleton University

September 2013 – June 2017

  • Bachelor of Combined Honours in Journalism and Women’s and Gender Studies, minor in political science
  • Completed TV and radio courses, including the advanced multimedia and advanced TV workshops
  • Proficient with programs such as Tableau, WordPress, Photoshop, Audacity, Adobe Audition, and Final Cut Pro
  • Wrote the Carleton University entry for the Maclean’s University Insiders Report (published for two years)

Journalism Experience

CBC News Network: Power & Politics with Vassy Kapelos: Associate Producer

May 2019 – Present

  • Areas of interest: provincial and municipal government coverage, climate, health care, Indigneous issues, child care
  • Collaborating with other team members to create the best political coverage possible
  • Pitching at least two segment ideas per day, finding fresh angles on that day’s most talked-about political topics
  • Booking guests and coordinating contact details, including booking cameras
  • Researching background information and organizing it into clear, succinct notes for the host
  • Developing question lines with the host, ensuring accuracy and balance
  • Writing scripts and designing production elements (clips, graphics) to introduce stories in engaging ways
  • Pushing content to the Power & Politics social media accounts
  • Writing up online stories based on news that was made on the show
  • Writing the introduction, editing and uploading the Power & Politics podcast.
  • Maintaining a social media presence to share news, mainly Twitter
  • Using the Access to Information and Privacy regime to uncover interesting news stories
  • Special projects:
    • Produced a series of reporterless profiles on new MPs after the 2019 election
    • Produced a one-hour special holiday 2020 show based on the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Produced a young partisans panel to talk about youth issues during the 2019 and 2021 elections
    • Produced an interview with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas in June 2021
    • Produced a regional reporter panel during the 2021 election

The Hill Times: News Reporter, Columnist

September 2017 – Present

  • Beats include: the public service, Parliament Hill media, and Parliamentary receptions, among others
  • Maintaining a network of sources in the public service and political communities to find exclusive stories
  • Using the Access to Information and Privacy regime to uncover interesting news stories
  • Working with lawyers when required to ensure stories are accurate and balanced
  • Pitching four story ideas per week, finding fresh angles that will not be scooped by daily publications
  • Researching, contacting, and interviewing sources to ensure accuracy and balance, attending networking events
  • Writing two to four 1,200+ word stories weekly using CP style; including the Civil Circles and Party Central columns, and filing them on deadline for the respective Monday and Wednesday issues
  • Writing the occasional daily story if time and news value warranted it, occasionally writing a daily and then following with a longer piece for the newspaper
  • Organizing opeds and interviews for  the health policy briefings, wrote stories for all policy briefings for one year
  • Incorporating feedback from editors into future stories
  • Maintaining a social media presence to share news, mainly Twitter

The Telegraph-Journal/Greater Saint John: General Assignment Reporter, Editorial Intern

May 2017 – August 2017

  • Updating website with early morning web hits, writing news briefs, and writing breaking news
  • Pitching story ideas, putting in calls to sources to dig up news and break stories
  • Writing hard news and feature stories following CP style; working long hours on weekdays and weekends
  • Conducting research and finding sources, developing networks and rapport through interviews
  • Working on a tight daily deadline to write, edit and submit stories
  • Illustrating stories with photography or multimedia, including graphics and video
  • Understanding story analytics and using social media to boost viewership

The North Bay Nugget: General Assignment Reporter, Editorial Intern

Summers of 2014, 2015 (May through August each summer)

  • Developing and pitching story ideas, working with a team to ensure community coverage
  • Writing hard news and feature stories for all sections of the newspaper following CP style
  • Finding and interviewing sources, using active listening to ensure accuracy and balance
  • Working within a tight daily deadline to write, edit and submit stories, as well as posting stories online
  • Illustrating stories with appropriate photography or multimedia
  • Updating social media accounts with news stories and moderating comments

The Charlatan: Carleton University’s Weekly Independent Student Newspaper

Reporter (Volunteer), Guest/Summer Section Editor for the News, Opinions and Editorials sections (Paid)

January 2014 – April 2017

  • Producing stories for news, sports, arts, national, multimedia, and opinion sections
  • Occasionally illustrating stories with own photography
  • Pitching editorial ideas and taking notes at editorial staff meetings
  • Corresponding with editors and writers to ensure expectations are met
  • In-depth reporting on issues including the university’s sexual violence policy and student politics
  • Working within a weekly deadline to write, edit, and submit long or short stories following CP style
  • Completing layout in InDesign to meet deadlines

CU Journalism School Internships

CBC’s The House: Production Intern

February 21-March 3, 2017

  • Contributing to bureau story meetings and finding sources via internet research and social media
  • Booking guests and studios for The House (including studio-to-studio interviews)
  • Researching and pre-interviewing, referring sources to appropriate programs if need be (Power and Politics)
  • Developing background pages and question lines in iNews, learning how radio interviews differ from print
  • Editing audio in Dalet, learning how to file in the CBC system
  • Creating elements for the website, both written segments and photographs, and sending them back from the field
  • Corresponding with producers to ensure clear communication, including a weekly check-in email with supervisor Editorial Intern

October 2016-December 2016 (interning one day weekly)

  • Pitching stories to write with guidance from the editorial team, contributing to story meetings
  • Researching, interviewing, and writing stories for the target audience following CP style
  • Communicating with editors to produce content, set up photos, and continuously improve stories

Other Work Experience

LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics: Core Staff Sales Associate, Social Networker

October 2014 – October 2016

  • Keeping the store’s Facebook page up to date with new products or campaigns
  • Communicating clearly and positively with team and management

McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada (McKeown Location): Crew Trainer, McCafe Specialist

April 2010- April 2014

  • Maintaining high standards of customer service during high-volume, fast-paced operations

Extracurricular Involvement/Volunteering in University

Merge Robotics, FIRST Team 2706: Awards Mentor

December 2015 – September 2017

  • Helping students create marketing strategies, edit videos, write documents, and develop speaking points
  • Guiding students on a robotics team, including many with disabilities

FIRST Robotics North Bay District Event: Ambassador

March 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018

  • Answering questions about robotics for politicians, influencers, and business professionals
  • Making FIRST Robotics accessible to everyone through excellent oral communication
  • Running social media for the competition from March 28-30, 2019, including mini contests

Individual Awards and Certificates

– McDonald’s Employee Scholarship, June 2013

–  FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award, April 2013

Given to the top 126 out of an estimated 45,000 students globally that participate in high school FIRST Robotics for their technical knowledge, leadership skills, and commitment to FIRST Robotics.

– McDonald’s Spatula Award, August 2012

– McDonald’s Employee of the Month, December 2010