Michelle Thompson

Freelance Multimedia Freelancer & Article Writer

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Location:Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/michellethompson
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MICHELLE THOMPSON
JOURNALIST
Writer. Editor. Photographer.
Edmonton, Alta.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

The Edmonton Sun
Edmonton, Alta
Political reporter / editor
June 2008 to present
• Cover city hall bureau and all issues related to civic politics
• Acting assignment editor on rotating weekends and occasional week nights
• Shoot video, take photographs, and file stories regularly to ensure online content is fresh
• Regularly update the Sun's website to ensure stories are recent and arranged appropriately
• Extremely active in social media as a means of promoting stories and my newspaper

Cowichan Valley News Leader
Duncan, B.C.
Reporter / photographer / editor
Jan. 2007 to April 2008
• Covered federal and provincial politics, education and other beats for award-winning
biweekly
• Copy edited and paginated pages, filled in for absent editors, prioritized news, and
assigned stories
• Took strong photos to accompany stories

The Intelligencer
Belleville, Ont.
Crime reporter/ photographer
November 2005– August 2006
• Copy editing and paginating pages, filling in for absent editors, prioritizing news,
assigning stories
• Took strong photos to accompany stories
• Covered crime and numerous court cases, ranging from bail to dangerous offender
hearings

The Edmonton Journal
Edmonton, Alta
Features writer
Summer of 2005
• Produced copy for city, fashion, arts, life and youth sections
• Won several internal awards for feature writing
• Worked primarily in features department, covering everything from fashion trends to indepth
profiles
• Gained invaluable experience covering hard, soft, and breaking news

The Ryersonian
Toronto, Ont.
Managing editor
Fall of 2004
• Supervised masthead, delegated responsibilty, and ensured deadlines were met
• Edited copy, wrote headlines, and designed pages
• Covered and assigned stories, developed ideas, and prioritized news

National Post
Toronto, Ont.
Features writer/intern
August – October 2004
• Worked for the arts and life, travel, Toronto, and Saturday Post sections
• Performed extensive research for major stories, edited copy, and checked facts
• Writing ranged from 50-word briefs to 1,500 word features

EDUCATION
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ont.
BA, print journalism
2001- 2005
• Helped found, and an active member of, debate and improvisational teams
• Frequent contributor to on-campus publications and freelanced for other small
newspapers and magazines
• Obtained BA in print journalism
Skills (2) Rating
Multimedia
Article Writing