Resume

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Thrive in deadline-driven environments; efficient organizational skills
  • Meticulous copy editor with strong fact checking skills; clean grammar, spelling, punctuation and writing
  • Savvy with web content and new media; proficient using WordPress, InDesign, Photoshop, Final Cut, iMovie & other programs and familiar with CSS, HTML and social networking tools
  • Highly experienced with CP style; comfortable with other stylebooks
  • Strong leadership and team skills; ability to work collaboratively with editors and writers
  • Experience in lifestyle, food/nutrition, arts, fashion and the environment

WORK EXPERIENCE

Freelance Journalist and Food Blogger —  Jun 2011 – present

  • Writing lifestyle stories for Canadian publications and websites
  • Frequent writing, food photography and editing for personal food website

Flare Magazine, Fashion Copy Intern — Oct 2011 – Jan 2012       

  • Fact check and copy edit all fashion credits via ongoing communication with press representatives
  • Write blog postings for fashion and entertainment sections
  • Compile where-to-buy information for all fashion pieces used in print
  • Request clothing samples for shoots and help on set when needed
  • Maintain and update market book for all contacts in the fashion industry

National Post, Arts & Life Reporter — Spring 2011

  • Pitched and wrote daily articles for print and online as an intern
  • Posted updates on food and arts news for the Ampersand and Appetizer blogs
  • Reinitiated and wrote the daily “Bits and Bites” food blog
  • Actively participated in press conferences and diverse range of arts events

HORN, Researcher — Spring 2011

  • Researched articles and essays pertaining to leadership for a learning and development company
  • Selected and organized compelling theories, arguments and quotes for use in corporate training programs

Dalhousie Gazette, Food Columnist/Arts Contributor — 2008 – 2011

  • Wrote a weekly food column with original recipes, commentary and reviews
  • Researched, reported and created stories for the Arts & Culture section

Strategic Advantage/JimHarris.com, Web Editor and Copy Editor  — Spring 2009

  • Promoted leading consultant, author and former leader of Canadian Green Party
  • Wrote daily articles focused on environmental issues and innovations
  • Created and updated website using WordPress
  • Copy edited speeches and other communications

Camp Kinneret-Biluim, Counselor/Director of Leadership Training — 2007 – 2011

  • Progressive staff roles culminating in Director of Leadership Training for 120 sixteen-year-olds

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

University of King’s College, Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) — Class of 2011

  • Focus on copy editing, media law, ethics, photojournalism, radio, television, magazine, data analysis
  • Honours project profiled a leading Halifax food critic
  • Covered diverse range of topics with focus on environment, world politics, popular culture
  • Graduate of Foundation Year Programme which explores influential writers and thinkers of the West through extensive reading and essay writing
  • Straight A’s in final year and 3.75 GPA for journalism program

Next Magazine, Managing Editor — Feb – Apr 2011

  • Created a prototype and complete first issue of a lifestyle magazine for young professionals
  • Worked in a team of six to produce editorial content, photographs, business plan and editorial calendar
  • Worked on layout design, food and fashion styling, copy and content editing

the ‘fax, Reporter/Assignment Editor/Host — Jan – Feb 2011

  • Reporter and partial assignment editor and host for weekly student-run citywide TV news show
  • Shot, edited and wrote stories, along with assignment editing, hosting and online posting

Halifax Commoner, Reporter/Assignment Editor/Photojournalist/Web Editor — Oct – Nov 2010

  • Reporter/photographer and assignment editor for student-run citywide weekly paper
  • Duties included copy editing, layout design and exensive web editing (with multimedia)

Intro to Professional Bartending, Dalhousie University (with NSCC)                                          Fall 2008

  • Learned theory and practical skills necessary to prepare and serve mixed drinks, wine and beer

Flare Magazine, Marketing Communications Intern (High School Co-op Placement) — 2005 – 2006

  • Facilitated Volunteer Awards (photo shoot and ceremony)
  • Administrative work related to inventory, research