Writer, editor and content manager in Toronto
Location:Toronto, ON, Canada (From home)Education level: College/University
Education field: Communication and journalism
Years of experience: more than 5
Attributes that best describes:
1998 to present: Award-winning freelance writer, photographer, videographer, digital content manager and editor for The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star newspapers; for websites and blogs such as MSN, Toronto.com and DontChangeMuch.ca; and for magazines including Explore, Reader’s Digest Canada and Canadian Family.
2015 to 2017: Marketing copywriter at Cervélo Cycles, a Toronto-based manufacturer of high-performance racing bicycles. In this brand-new role I developed and created written and graphical content for Cervelo.com, various product microsites, newsletters and social media channels; supported all initiatives involving media relations, marketing and sales; and spearheaded the publication of Intervals, the company’s biannual magazine.
2013 to present: Freelance copywriter for the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, Prep101, Yellow Pages Canada and Cervélo Cycles, among other clients.
June 2014: Launched the award-winning Mostly Amazing blog, which now receives more than 20,000 views per month.
2008 to 2013: Page editor at the Toronto Star, including two years as Saturday Entertainment editor and a year as Weekend Living editor.
1999 to 2008: Held various positions at The Globe and Mail, including two years as production editor in Globe Review; five years as production editor, deputy editor and acting editor in Globe Travel; and two years as a copy and production editor in Report on Business and Globe Technology.
1996 to 1999: Staff writer for Computer Dealer News, a Toronto-based trade magazine covering the high-tech sales channel.
1996: Summer internship as a City reporter for the Ottawa Sun.
1996: Bachelor of Journalism degree with honours from Carleton University, Ottawa.
1992: Ontario Scholar, Certificate of Proficiency in French from Bayridge Secondary School, Kingston, Ont.
Other professional experience, skills and awards:
2014: “Travel Media” award at the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence. Mostly Amazing is nominated for “Best Blog.”
2013: MSN Canada’s Tripified.ca is nominated for “Best Blog” at the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence.
2007: Globe Travel wins a gold medal for “Best Travel Section” at the Society of American Travel Writers’ Lowell Thomas Awards, a first for a Canadian newspaper.
Fluent in French.
2007 and 2008: Guest lecturer at University of Toronto travel writing workshop.
Skilled in the use of editorial software such as InDesign, Photoshop and CCI’s NewsGate and Layout Champ, as well as with CMS tools including WordPress, Weebly and Bedrock.
Percussionist with several composition, recording and performance credits.
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