Karin Zeitvogel

Freelance Writer & Multimedia Freelancer

Location:Rockville, Maryland, United States
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?Multimedia reporter, editor with international experience.
?Audio, video, text, web, social, photo.
?English mother tongue, fluent French and German, good Spanish, beginning Polish.

?Regional Emmy for “Outstanding Newscast,” Oct. 31, 2012, Capital News Service, for which I researched, shot and edited “Ouija Madness.” June 2013
?One of first United Nations Foundation fellows. September 2010
?Travel fellowship to Poland awarded by Polish government for coverage of Righteous Among the Nations. August 2010

Editor, Reporter, South Sudan in Focus, Voice of America, Washington D.C. Jan. 2013 – Oct. 31, 2015. I commission, write, produce and edit news, feature stories for the web, audio and video for half-hour radio show. Edit videos using Adobe Premiere, audio using Audition. Write host leads. ¬¬ Edit show scripts for facts, grammar, continuity, style. Recast radio scripts for web. Source, edit images and videos for web. Shoot photos, videos using DSLR, video cameras. Conduct audio, video interviews. Develop website, video graphics. Manage Twitter, YouTube, Facebook pages. Deputize for managing editor. Key achievements: Increased Twitter followers from 2,800 to nearly 10,000 since December 2013. Set up YouTube, Facebook pages. Added video to website.
Freelance writer, photographer, radio reporter, videographer.
?Write news releases for Turner4D clients including Grameen Foundation, JustJobs. (ongoing)
?Write country profiles, backgrounders, economic sector reports for AFA Media. Countries, organizations covered include Bangladesh, Republic of Congo, G20, Indonesia, Oman, Saudi Arabia.
?Head of small team that produced and edited more than 400 photos and 40 hours of video for conference of the U.N. Office for South-South Development in Washington, DC. (Nov. 2014)
?Lead videographer for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Refugee Congress. (Nov. - Dec. 2013)
?Contributed since 1989 to online, print publications, radio and television outlets including BBC World Service radio, Channel 4 (UK), IRIN, oneco, Washington Diplomat, London Evening Standard (defunct), Independent, Runner’s World, VeloNews.

Reporter & Editor, RIA Global, 1900 L St. NW, Washington DC 20036. April 1 – Oct. 31, 2013.
Researched, wrote, produced, edited news briefs, business stories, features. Shot, edited photo-galleries, videos. Promoted work, agency on social media. Key achievements: Package I did on musical savant Anton Sviridenko was recommended more than 800 times on Facebook and led to an invitation for him to play at a concert for the Qatari royal family and work with the writer of the screenplay for Rainman.

Correspondent, Agence France-Presse (AFP), 1500 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005. Aug. 2007 – June 2013. Wrote and edited science, environment, technology, global development, women’s issues, lifestyle, religion, politics, features and news stories on deadline. Shot nat-sound videos, photos using Sony EX, Z5U video cameras and DSLRs. Assigned to cover events including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meetings in 2010 and 2011; Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to U.S. in 2008; protests at the G-20 meeting in Pittsburgh, 2009; Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. Live-blogged on breaking news stories, including Japanese earthquake, 2011. Key achievements: On a single day, stories I wrote at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science were in four of the top-five spots on Yahoo’s “most read” and “most emailed” list. Nominated for a UN fellowship for stories I did on global health.

Correspondent & Baltic editor, Agence France-Presse, ulica Marszalkowska 76, Warsaw, Poland. Jan. 2005 – July 2007. Commissioned, edited stories from stringers in Baltic states. Live television reports from studio in the Warsaw bureau for France 24 television. Recruited journalists, managed stringer payments. Reported on events in Poland , Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, including the 2006 NATO summit in Riga and the anniversary of the creation of the Solidarity trade union. Key achievements: Interviewed Solidarity leader and former Polish President Lech Walesa and Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga. Live two-ways with France 24 television.

Africa desk editor, Agence France-Presse, 11 place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris, France. Sept. 2001 – Jan. 2005. Edited stories from bureaus and stringers across Africa. Worked on special assignment in Athens during the 2004 Olympic Games. Provided editorial cover in the Nicosia bureau, headquarters for Middle East coverage, in December 2003.

Broadcast journalist, RFO-AITV, rue Danton, Malakoff, France. December 2000 – January 2002.
Wrote, tracked and read scripts live on air for half-hour African and international news programs produced by Réseau France Outremer television’s English service.

Writer & editor, Indigo Publications, rue Montmartre, Paris, France. December 2000 – June 2001. Wrote, edited and translated pieces on energy, the environment, telecommunications and politics in Africa for three websites.

Editor, Prezz, 115 rue d’Aboukir, Paris, France. June 2000 – Nov. 2000. Commissioned and edited stories from journalists around Europe for news website. Sourced graphics. Edited images using Photoshop. Prezz failed to secure full start-up funding.

Adjunct professor, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, Md. Taught 18 undergraduates the skills needed to be a successful multimedia journalist, including Final Cut, Photoshop, Picasa, WordPress, Flickr, basic HTML, Adobe Illustrator, Audacity, Audition, photography, and news writing. 2012
Voice-over for promotional video for United Arab Emirates. Warsaw, Poland. 2006
Helped to edit Nature’s who’s who. 2000
Press officer for UNICEF during Olympic Aid campaign, which raised $15 million for children in countries at war during the summer games in Atlanta. 1996
'Fixer', guest appearance in BBC Travel Show on Chamonix, France. 1994
Sports commentator for Channel 4 television, London, and Eurosport. 1989-1994
Live radio, studio reports for BBC World Service from Madagascar. 1993
Scripted, edited long-form film about running race up Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, in which I also took part. 1992
Author of book on triathlon, published by Springfield Publications. 1993
Editor and staff writer on sports magazines, Stonehart Publications. 1989 - 1992
News production typist & production assistant, BBC World Service Radio, London, U.K. 1982 – 1984, 1986 – 1988

Press officer for Iraq Veterans' Refugee Aid Association (IVRAA) non-profit group set up by two veterans of the Iraq war to help displaced Iraqis. Organized a trip to Jordan, set up meetings with Jordanian government ministers, Iraqi, U.S., U.N. officials, non-profit organizations. 2008

Returning journalists’ masters program at University of Maryland, College Park.
Web design certificate from Northeastern University, Boston. HTML, Photoshop, Java.
Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts, from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York.
Bachelor’s-equivalent certificate, French as foreign language, University of Grenoble.
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