Writer for Family Vacation Critic
February 2018, freelance contract
The main author of Family Vacation Critic’s The New Zealand Destination Guide
Global Investigative Journalism Conference / Volunteer
Biennial Conference. 2017: Johannesburg, South Africa. 2015: Lillehammer, Norway.
I covered communications with a group of volunteer journalists for the 9th and 10th Global Investigative Journalism conferences in Lillehammer, Norway, 2015, and Johannesburg, South Africa, 2017. One article that I co-wrote in 2015, “The Top Ten Research Tips for Investigative Journalists”, was shared on social media 500 (+) times, picked up by IJNET, and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, and Arabic.
One World Media / Grantee
January 2017, Freelance Reporting from Udaipur, India
I directed, filmed and produced a short documentary, which screened at Bertha DocHouse at Curzon Bloomsbury (London) on May 15th, 2017.
The Story: Radheshyam, a closeted transgender from Udaipur, “longs to meet a prince”. Forced into an arranged marriage with three kids, Radheshyam has been repressed into the role of husband and provider, yet, through dance has found a safe way to explore femininity. Male Rickshaw driver by day, female dancer by night; Radheshyam’s life is compartmentalized. This film explores the struggles to be true to oneself within restrictive gender roles.
IndiaSpend / Data Journalism Intern
February 2016 – March 2016, Mumbai, India
My role required me to research various government Schemes, Ministries, and Allocations. In addition to my Internship responsibilities, I pitched a story to the editor and published an article on “The State of India’s Media. IndiaSpend then submitted this article for a Red Ink Award.
Three Weeks / Freelance Theatre Critic for Edinburgh Fringe Festival
August 2015, Edinburgh, Scotland
During the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, I was a freelance Theatre Critic for the media platform ‘ThreeWeeks’ and was hired to write twenty-five reviews of 120 words.
We Are Here Creative / Freelance Production Assistant
March – July 2015, London, United Kingdom
I assisted with the construction of sets, microphoning actors/subjects, keeping props and wardrobes in order, performing general office duties.
One year abroad at University of California Santa Cruz / Completed Otago Degree requirements.
January – December 2014, Santa Cruz, California, USA.
Otago University/ Double Major. Theatre, Film, and Media.
February 2012 – November 2013, Dunedin, New Zealand
President of The Film, Media, and Communications Society 2013.
- Small scholarship and admission to Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism – the school has a 6% admission rate. Unable to attend due to limited finances (2016)
- Completed Online Certificate: “Intro to Infographics and Data Visualization” Offered by The University of Hong Kong, and The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at The University of Austin Texas (2015).
- Certified Advanced Scuba Diver (2015)
- Raised over £40, 000 for RSPCA, UNICEF and other charities through Listen Telephone fundraising (London, 2015/16).
Granted The Alumni Of University of Otago ‘In America Inc’ Award Scholarship for overseas exchange (2014)