Keith Howell

Freelance Graphic Designer & Ad Designer

Location:Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
2 Skills

OBJECTIVE: To obtain a position as an online editor or reporter


? Award-winning news/sports journalist well known as a high-energy self-starter with strong personal ethics
? More than eight years of online editing experience
? Excels both in print and online while maintaining enthusiasm and positive attitude
? Demonstrates superior ability to solve problems creatively and shine amid constant deadline pressure in some of Canada's top newsrooms
? Respected for knowledge of journalism; strong news judgment, work ethic and organizational skills
? Adept at meeting tight deadlines, troubleshooting and multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment
? Gifted at getting along with diverse personality types
? Excellent oral and written communication skills


Web development program (full-time), Durham College, Oshawa, ON
Studied Java Script, Photoshop, Flash, SQL, XHTML, Vector Graphics, Flash, Web Design

Journalism Diploma, Algonquin College, Ottawa, ON

StarNext Multimedia and Video training Toronto Star, Toronto, ON

Computer Assisted Reporting course, NICAR, Washington, DC


Online Editing:

? Skilled at working with reporters in the field to improve stories
? Team player who works well in close coordination and consultation with production staff to prepare stories, graphics, linksets, PDFs and photos
? Acted as point man between reporters, city desk and Web site to ensure major breaking news stories filed quickly and accurately.
? Produced packages including photo galleries, links to other stories and information, as well as setting up polls and other reader feedback
? As sports editor, managed two full-time staff, several part-time writers, as well as several freelance reporters and columnists


? Maintained, updated and resolved problems online and made critical decisions on top stories in various sections as the first editor to see articles posted overnight to Web site


? Two-time winner in sports feature writing at Western Ontario Newspaper Awards
? Award winner in sports feature writing, sports writing, photography, spot news team writing at the Ontario News Awards
? 14 other nominations in various journalism award categories
? Presented a plan to upgrade the real estate Web site and recommendations were incorporated into the Star’s upgraded site


Writer, Durham Business Times, Ajax, ON Jan. 2011 to Present

Writing tutor, Durham College, Oshawa, ON Oct./2010 to Apr., 2011

Sports reporter, UOIT/Durham College athletic department, including covering the Canadian College Basketball Championships, March, 2011 Oct./2010 to Apr., 2011

Web Editor,, Toronto, ON 2009 – 2010
Spearheaded editing and troubleshooting on Slam Sports and C-News.
Handled overnight production duties for various Web sites in Sun Media chain

Web/Copy Editor, The National Post, Toronto, ON 2008 – 2009
Managed the sports Web site as well as handling layout duties

Copy Editor, The Toronto Star, Toronto, ON 2006 – 2008
Edited the Real Estate and Wheels sections of the paper with a focus on copy editing, writing headlines and proofreading pages

Web Editor,, Toronto Star, Toronto, ON 2000 – 2006
Edited, wrote headlines, posted breaking stories immediately and did troubleshooting under deadline pressure in a fast-paced environment

Reporter/Photographer, North Bay Nugget, North Bay, ON 1993 – 2000
Covered virtually every beat, including city hall, politics and education

Sports Editor, North Bay Nugget, North Bay, ON 1990 – 1993
Set editorial direction, handled regular layout shifts, covered OHL beat, wrote a weekly column and other articles on top of supervisory duties
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design
Ad Design