Professional Summary

  • Mary has extensive experience in digital media and is part of the team that won the RTDNA’s Digital Media Award in 2015, as well as the Canadian Online Publishing Awards’ Best Media Website and Best Digital Solution awards in 2015.
  • In 2016, she also shared in the Ron Laidlaw Award for continuing coverage awarded by the RTDNA for the CTV News digital team’s coverage of Election 2015.
  • Well-respected print and web journalist with 14 years of experience assigning, editing, writing and training writers at major media outlets including: CTV News, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, The Independent (U.K.)
  • Social media expert: Well-versed in SEO, stats tools, creating best practices in social media platforms, launching and overseeing by implementing strategy and growing membership by engaging community
  • Copy editing, fact-checking, proofreading experience in book publishing industry.
  • Proficient with industry software: MS Office, Polopoly CMS, research databases (Lexis Nexis, Factiva), iNews, NewStar, QuarkXPress and CopyDesk, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, MAC and PC computers, CCI publishing system, Soundslides, web publishing, video encoding tools, online stats monitoring tools, social media dashboards, blogging tools
  • Training: B. of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto; post-graduate book publishing certificate from Ryerson; editing training from think tank Poynter Institute in Florida
  • Daily, hands-on experience with Storyful, Newswhip, Publishflow, posting to social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat.

Mary’s role as CTVNews.ca producer involves:

  • Day-to-day work as front-line editor with focus on daily operation: assigning, editing online news content
  • Longer-term focus on website upkeep, oversight over features, interactives
  • Direct editorial strategies for breaking news as well as long-term interactive, online projects for big news events; and also directing strategies for promoting CTVNews.ca
  • Liaison between online and TV: plan long-term online projects in conjunction with TV operation
  • Designing, launching, supporting, and setting strategies for websites for larger news events such as federal elections, budgets, Oscars
  • Meet constant deadlines in high-paced, high-stress competitive industry
  • Evaluate and share new technologies: Contributed to planning for CTV News apps to provide deeper user experience
  • Encouraging best practice for online efforts, contributing to creating social media strategy in TV newsroom
  • Engaging with readers, growing audience through blogs, live chats, social networking sites

Specialties:

  • Breaking news, digital media, social media, copy editing
  • Also: national and international politics, books and publishing, lifestyle and food.

Professional Profile

  • Qualified print and web journalist with 14 years of experience at major media outlets including: The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, www.CTV.ca, The Independent (U.K.)
  • Copy editing, fact-checking, and proofreading experience in book publishing industry
  • Proficient with industry software: MS Office, research databases (Lexis Nexis, Factiva), iNews, NewStar, QuarkXPress and CopyDesk, Adobe Photoshop and Premiere, MAC and PC computers, CCI publishing system, Soundslides, web publishing, video encoding tools
  • Training: B. of Journalism degree from Ryerson University in Toronto; post-graduate book publishing certificate from Ryerson; copy editing training from think tank Poynter Institute, data journalism courses online

Professional Experience

    Senior Producer, CTVNews.ca

June 2016 – Present

  • Duties of producer as outlined below, as well as hiring, training interns and employees
  • Direct editorial strategies for breaking news as well as long-term interactive, online projects for big news events; and also directing strategies for promoting CTVNews.ca on CTV.ca as well as in social media

Producer, CTVNews.ca

November 2005 – June 2016

  • Creating and curating content: Managing writers; assigning, lining up, copy editing breaking news and in-depth features; repurposing copy and photos; training staff on social media, iNews newsroom system, Polopoly CMS, recruiting employees and interns
  • Writing, editing, producing and designing content for special sites for major events such as federal elections and budgets, Olympics, TIFF
  • Direct editorial strategies for breaking news as well as long-term interactive, online projects for big news events; and also directing strategies for promoting CTVNews.ca on CTV.ca as well as in social media.
  • Liaison between online and TV: plan long-term online projects in conjunction with TV operation
  • Encouraging best practice for online efforts, contributing to creating social media strategy in TV newsroom
  • Engaging with readers through blogs, live chats, social networking sites

Lead writer, CTVNews.ca

January 2005 – November 2005

  • Led team of writers working for breaking news operation, as well as major news events

Web Journalist, CTV News

October 2004 – January 2005

  • Writing stories, reporting for breaking news operation
  • Repurposing TV scripts for online medium
  • Encoding video for website

Staff Reporter, The Globe and Mail

March 2004 – September 2004

  • Reported for news, Globe Toronto, Focus, Style and Review sections
  • Reported breaking news, wrote headlines, decks and articles for www.globeandmail.com

Staff Reporter, Toronto Star

2002 – 2004

  • Reported crime and Toronto news for GTA section in radio room
  • Reported for www.thestar.ca online for breaking news
  • Monitored emergency services scanners, wires and liaised with police and emergency services
  • Wrote College Daze column for ID section

Education and Training

  • Ryerson University in Toronto: 2009 graduate of post-graduate book publishing certificate: Publishing Overview I; Publishing Overview for Educational Books; Publishing in the Electronic Age; Copy Editing for Books, Journals and Reports; Sales and Marketing for Book Publishers; Substantive and Line Editing; Business of Book Publishing; Book Production for Books, Journals, Reports.
  • Ryerson University in Toronto: Bachelor of Journalism, specialty in Newspaper Journalism, 2004 graduate of four-year program
  • Chosen to attend 1-week copy editing course at Poynter Institute in Florida (Dec. 2007)
  • Faculty of Journalism at City University in London, England: Winter/Spring 2003
  • Attended media law seminars with Toronto Star lawyer Bert Bruser, CTV consultant lawyer Grace Shafran, as well as numerous investigative journalism and internet research workshops, online data journalism, editing and newsroom management courses

Interests and Affiliations

  • Member of Canadian Association of Journalists
  • Speak and write fluent Armenian, basic conversational French and Bulgarian
  • Enthusiastic traveller
  • Past member of The Arts and Letters Club, former co-editor-in-chief of Club’s monthly LAMPSletter