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Experience:

March 2018 – present

  • Online producer, journalist for Al Jazeera English digital

May 2013- March 2018

  • Freelance journalist writing articles, columns and filming videos for Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, Al Jazeera Balkans, AJ+, Canadian Dimension, CBC, Deutsche Welle, Middle East Eye, Mondoweiss. Reporting from Canada, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkey and the occupied Palestinian territories.

Nov 2013- April 2014

  • Multimedia Reporter for the Devon Dispatch in Devon, Alberta (articles also published in the Leduc Representative and La Nouvelle Beaumont News)

Tasks: writing 8-10 articles per week on local politics such as a feature with former environment minister Diana McQueen on environmental monitoring agencies, current affairs, opinion pieces, arts and sports occurring in Devon, Leduc County and Parkland County; photographing, editing photos on Adobe Photoshop; laying out pages on Adobe InDesign; uploading articles to website; connecting with public and providing live updates through Facebook and Twitter

Nov 2012-April 2012

  • Researcher for “Lady Cadets of Pakistan“, a Canadian documentary on female combatants in Pakistan’s military

Oct 2012- April 2013

  • Editorial Assistant at CBC News Network, Toronto

Tasks: monitoring news lineup and scripts for live show, rolling teleprompter for news anchors for live broadcasts, searching and editing visuals to be used as clips and b-rolls for news stories, chasing guests to be interviewed live on show, pre-interviewing, forming questions and providing interview information for news anchor

Sept- Dec 2011­

  • Reporter for Toronto Observer TV News

Tasks: writing scripts and presenting news stories for live TV show (news, entertainment and commentary), filming and reporting news stories (some of my TV stories include U of T’s Lip Dub event, Occupy Toronto and Toronto’s Spontaneous Prose Store), editing footage on Final Cut Pro

Jan- Dec 2011

  • Reporter for Toronto Observer newspaper

Tasks: pitching story ideas, editing copy, interviewing (city officials, politicians, humanitarians, artists, victims of assault, etc.), writing articles (400-750 words for sections such as News, Arts & Life, Sports and Commentary), laying out page designs on Adobe InDesign, photographing and editing photos on Adobe Photoshop

Jan- May 2011

  • Reporter for Toronto Observer Radio News

Tasks: creating radio news stories and editing on Adobe Audition; writing scripts; summarizing news, entertainment and sports stories for live radio show; covering events such as the mayoral elections and interviewing Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion

February 2010

·      CTV Live Event Monitor for 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

Tasks: Providing online content for CTV’s website- adding ad insertions and live commentaries during broadcasting of games, editing and subclipping video clips, translating from English to French

Skills and Awards Summary

  • Fluent in English, French, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian
  • Computer/Design Skills: Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Audition, Final Cut Pro, iNews, DTV, VizRT, Garage Band
  • Participant in Fraser Institute’s Economics for Journalists conference 2014 in Vancouver, Canada
  • First place winner in Centennial College’s Photography Competition 2011
  • Recipient of Women in Leadership Scholarship 2009
  • Recipient of University of Toronto Entrance Scholarship 2008
  • Honours student at Silverthorn Collegiate Institute

Education

2008- 2012            University of Toronto: BA Honours specialization in journalism and major in French

Jan-June 2012            Université Jean Moulin in Lyon, France

Summer 2011            Université Laval, Québec, Québec

Summer 2010            Université du Québec à Trois Rivières, Québec

Online

mersihagadzo.com

@MersihaGadzo

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mersiha

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