Journalism & Communications specialist. Ottawa & BC. Socially-minded and seeking to collaborate with innovative non-profits, businesses, and general do-gooders. I tell stories that matter.

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Journalism
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Profile

Alyssa's work has been published by The Vancouver Sun, Black Press, The Canadian Press, Postmedia news network, The Globe and Mail and Power & Influence, among others. Part multimedia reporter, part communications pro and part aspiring off-hours small plot farmer, she aims to dive head-first into stories and issues that challenge the way people thinks about the world around them.

From profiling coffee farming in Rwanda's fertile hills, to reporting on everything from Federal politics to Internet piracy, Alyssa's work demonstrates her commitment to well-researched, thought-provoking content. As a life-long learner she knows the value of a new angle, and her camera and knees have the battle scars to prove it.

Contact Me

Get in touch with me at alyssa.j.odell@gmail.com.

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Education

Carleton University, Bachelor of Journalism, 2011

(minor Political Science)

  • Graduated with High Honours, April 2011
  • Dean’s Honour List in 2008, 2009 and 2011
  • Recipient: E. Norman Smith Memorial Award,
    Carleton School of Journalism and Communication, 2010

Languages

Fluent in English with intermediate French reading, writing and conversational skills. Enhancing knowledge of CSS and HTML.

Journalism

Reporter and multimedia storyteller based in Ottawa, currently reporting on federal lobbying and government relations. I focus on in-depth features and hard news, story development/ editorial planning and effective, ethical research strategies. An information junkie, my work often explores the complex connections between sustainability, politics, community and international development. I tell stories that matter.

Media & Software

I specialize in editorial photography and photojournalism but am also comfortable with videography, audio capture and podcast production. Experience with Final Cut Pro, Adobe Audition and working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (CS6).

Web skills include user experience (UX) design consultation and general website maintenance for custom CMS, drupal and WordPress platforms. Basic Google Analytics. Social media management; Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, Storify, Twitter Analytics. Website content writing, graphic design, and CSS/HTML. Both Mac & PC.

Work Experience

Staff Reporter – The Lobby Monitor

January 2015 to February 2017
Currently reporting on federal government relations, lobbying and advocacy in the Canada’s capital region for The Hill Times Publishing’s online news service, The Lobby Monitor. Keen on exploring data journalism and the connections between politics, resource development and economic/ environmental sustainability.

Freelance publishing – The Wall Papers Magazine

March 2014 to January 2015
Served as Associate and Web Editor for The Wall Papers magazine, a publication of UBC’s Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. After spending June 2013 to March 2014 as a communications assistant/ assistant magazine editor for the Institute, I led the online launch of the magazine to new fully-digital platform, providing website maintenance, editorial planning, UX consultation, and multimedia & visual element design.

I regularly contributed high quality editorial pieces that focus on knowledge translation from world-class academics working on some of today’s most pressing and complex issues.

Community News

The Langley Times – Reporter/Photographer

June 2013 to July 2014 – The Langley Times
Part-time reporter/photographer for The Langley Times, twice-weekly Black Press paper in the Lower Mainland. Covering hard news, business, city council, events reporting and feature writing while also delivering multiple front-page photos.

June 2011 – The Nanaimo Daily News

Contract position with a busy medium-sized daily newspaper, developing and pitching story ideas while meeting tight deadlines.

Internships

Centre for Media in Transitional Societies – Editorial Internship

June 2011 to August 2011
Pitched and produced feature stories and photographs for two magazines in Kigali, Rwanda, as well as assisting with various business development strategies. The internship was part of the CMTS initiative to strengthen healthy media environments in developing countries.

The Canadian Press – Editorial Intern

March 2011
Produced original story ideas, conducted interviews and wrote national stories for the CP newswire. Shot film and conducted interviews in the Canadian House of Commons.

CFRA News Talk Radio, Ottawa, Canada – Editorial Intern

February 2010
Collected high-quality audio, scripted and edited (on the Burli editing system) news segments on City Hall events in the Canadian capital.

Other Experience

Firehouse Grill, Nanaimo, BC

October 2011 to February 2013
Manager at one of Vancouver Island’s best-rated restaurants. Responsible for front-of-house operations and daily accounting. Contributed to social media management and provided photography for advertising purposes.

Sawa World – Communications Director (volunteer position)

May to December 2013
Four months after starting as a communications coordinator I was promoted to the directorship position after departure of previous director. Managed a team of four volunteers, developing ongoing communications strategy as well as high-quality editorial content focused on international development.

August 2011
Gisimba Memorial Centre, Kigali, Rwanda – Co-developed one day workshop on resume building, job search and interview skills.

2011
Inzozi in-flight magazine, Kigali, Rwanda – Freelance writer

2010
British Columbia School District 83 – Multimedia & Blogging Instructor
Assisted students in setting up online news publication.

References available upon request.