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Emily Senger

Journalist, writer, editor.

Summary

  • Experience editing and writing for print and online publications, from editorial planning to final product.
  • Worked as a journalist in four Canadian cities, filing and editing for newspapers, magazines, web and radio.
  • Familiar with: web content management with WordPress, Joomla, basic HTML; InDesign and PhotoShop; iNews; sound editing with Dalet, Audition; social media with Twitter, Facebook, Storify, LinkedIn, etc.

Related Experience

Freelance writer and editor, (Toronto) Oct. 2010-present

  • Contribute to various print and online publications on a freelance basis.
  • Work as Toronto writer for toronto.ctv.ca, writing and posting stories, editing and posting video and images.
  • Selected clients include Toronto Star, Canadian Business, The Grid, Alberta Venture, Canadian Living.
  • Follow federal political news and serve as the Toronto correspondent for iPolitics.ca.

Web editor, iPolitics.ca, (Toronto) Jan. 2011-Feb. 2012

  • Reported on Toronto events, and kept other staff members up-to-date on upcoming news/events.
  • Created photo galleries, uploaded photos, video, or other media to accompany stories.
  • Administered website using WordPress platform, ensuring accurate and engaging content.
  • Copy edited and posted stories and images from iPolitics journalists and news wire services.
  • Drove traffic to site using social media strategies, relevant tagging and SEO headlines.

Managing editor, contract division, Venture Publishing (Edmonton), Nov. 2009-Oct. 2010

  • Managed a busy custom publishing division with magazines on health, business and industry, serving consumer and business audiences. (Selected websites: myleapmagazine.ca, griponlife.ca)
  • Assigned, copy edited and fact checked stories from freelancers, clients and Venture staff.
  • Created production schedules to manage workload for monthly, quarterly and annual publications.
  • Budgeted and managed freelancer invoices for each publication.
  • Contributed to Alberta Venture, the province’s top business magazine (albertaventure.com).

Reporter, National Post (Toronto newsroom), May-Aug. 2009

  • Worked as a general assignment reporter on a four-month contract for national and Toronto sections.
  • Pitched story ideas and story follows to various editors and co-ordinated with staff on feature stories.
  • Attended and reported on editorial board meetings with politicians and policy makers.

Associate producer, The House, CBC National Radio (Ottawa), April 2009

  • Completed two-week internship on national political affairs radio program.
  • Edited sound clips using Dalet audio editing in both single and multi-track formats.
  • Wrote and edited scripts for hosts using iNews software.
  • Scheduled and conducted radio interviews with MPs, senators and other federal newsmakers.

Teaching assistant, Carleton University, Sept. 2007-April 2009

  • Edited and provided feedback and grades for student assignments, both academic and journalistic.
  • Developed lesson plans for two 15-person classes of first-year students and taught weekly tutorials.

Reporter, Edmonton Journal, May-Aug. 2008

  • Worked as a general assignment reporter in city section, covering beats including health, crime and military.
  • Filed stories for multiple mediums including web, Canwest News Service, the Journal and the National Post.

Reporter, Calgary Herald, Dec. 2007-Jan. 2008

  • Reported on general assignment stories and produced daily copy on deadline as part of a month-long internship.

Q-Blog contributor, Calgary Herald, 2007-2008

  • Wrote and researched opinion articles for Calgary Herald youth blog site on a freelance basis.

News editor, the Gauntlet, University of Calgary, May 2006-April 2007

  • Managed news section of weekly campus newspaper with distribution of 10,000 copies.
  • Taught and co-ordinated approximately 75 volunteer writers through workshops and one-on-one training.
  • Designed five- to 10-page news sections weekly using Adobe InDesign software.

Communications co-ordinator, Calgary Chamber of Commerce, Sept. 2004-April 2005

  • Edited and designed weekly electronic newsletter and edited monthly Leading Business magazine.
  • Edited policy documents and reports advocating for businesses at municipal, provincial and federal levels of government.
  • Wrote and distributed press releases to Calgary media organizations and liaised with media and guest speakers.

Education and Training

Master of journalism, Carleton University, 2009
2007/08 GPA: 10.5/12.0

Military journalism certificate, U of C Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, 2008
Ten-day course on Canadian military including discussion of history, current issues and reporting methods.

Bachelor of arts, communication studies, University of Calgary, 2007
2005/06 GPA: 3.88/4.00

Selected scholarships and awards

  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2008-2009)
  • Rachael Edwards Memorial Award for an outstanding female journalism student in daily news reporting (2008)
  • Carleton University domestic entrance master’s scholarship and journalism departmental scholarship (2007)
  • Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship for exceptional academic achievement (2006)
  • Bettina Fournier Essay Award – Awarded to best essay in an undergrad women’s studies class at U or C (2006)

Interests

  • Can ride a horse, wrestle a calf and drive a tractor; excellent understanding of agriculture and food production.
  • Enjoys soccer, running, hiking and cycling.
  • Avid home cook and baker; interested in sustainable food and the Slow Food movement.

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