ABOUT

As a freelance journalist I used to write regularly about environmental and social justice issues. While my articles have appeared most recently in west end Montreal community newspapers, I’m in transition now, exploring new career paths. I may become a computer programmer-or not. I started in journalism as a teenager and wrote for student newspapers in CEGEP and university. Writing is a huge part of who I am. I plan to continue writing somehow, no matter what.

I’ve been grieving the loss of opportunities in journalism to do the kind of writing I enjoy the most. Three publications I used to write for, Hour Magazine, the Montreal Mirror and OpenFile, no longer exist. It bothers me that not only have opportunities to do great journalism shrunk but so has the pay.

For this blog I will occasionally write about Montreal news, especially about happenings in the neighbourhood where I grew up, Montreal’s NDG neighbourhood, community, tech and cultural events or rant about something that’s bothering me.

I have a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of King’s College in Halifax and a degree in Canadian Studies and Mass Communication from Carleton.

Writing credits include articles for Your Local Journal ,Urban Expressions (mysteriously, ever since the Montreal Gazette launched a new digital edition, many of my Urban Expressions articles no longer have my byline and are now credited to News Desk), the Free Press, the Westmount Independent, OpenFile Montreal, the Montreal Mirror and the Montreal Gazette. I contributed to Hour Magazine’s news section for years and many of those articles may be found online on Hour’s (Hour Community) website or on the Ottawa XPress website.

My “geek” side:  I’m currently brushing up on HTML5 and CSS. I want to learn Python, PHP and Javascript. I know how to create an interactive data map in Google Fusion Tables and am curious about data visualization. I often attend Montreal Girl Geek and Hacks/Hackers Montreal events. I like learning about the semantic web.

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