Writing is my specialty, but freelancing is an interesting life that opens many doors to different kinds of work.
|CONTACT INFORMATION||e-mail: Laurie.McBurney@cogeco.ca|
|QUALIFICATIONS||Experienced and award-winning writer.
Experienced Programs and Communications Officer for a provincial Arts Council
Experienced event planner.
Experienced in creating and managing social media sites.
Experienced in public relations and speech writing.
Solid and accurate research skills.
Staff and budget management skills.
Proven ability to meet deadlines in fast-paced environments.
Familiarity with several computer programs and internet-based research.
Good team worker.
|EXPERIENCE||Solid practical experience with:
|February 1997||Part of a three-member editorial team responsible for producing the Weekly Journal, recognized as one of the best community newspapers in Ontario by the Ontario Community Newspaper Association and chosen second-best in its circulation class in Canada by the Canadian Community Newspaper Association.|
|February 1993||Ontario Community Newspaper Award of Excellence for arts reporting.|
Published in several media outlets, including The Globe and Mail, The United Church Observer, The National Post, The Ottawa Citizen and MacLean’s. Wrote speeches and election brochures and developed website content for municipal and provincial politicians. Provided story ideas for CBC radio documentaries, also sat in as on-air panelist.
|October 2007 to August 2010||Program & Communications Officer PEI Council of the Arts
Provided leadership and direction in developing and implementing arts grant policies, programs and services throughout the province; served as the Council’s
communications specialist and aided in enhancing awareness of the arts on PEI; created, maintained and nurtured partnerships with communities traditionally under-served by arts organizations, such as newcomers to Canada and Aboriginal groups; wrote and disseminated weekly arts newsletter; communicated through social media such as Facebook and Twitter; liaised with provincial government and regional arts groups to ascertain needs and gain support for arts programs.
June 2006 & 2007
|Co-ordinator, 19th & 20th Annual Prince Edward Island Literary Awards
Contracted by the PEI Council of the Arts to organize and co-ordinate the 19th and 20th Annual PEI Literary Awards. Liaised with poets, novelists, journalists and editors, as well as school board officials and three levels of government representatives, including the provincial Lieutenant Governor; spearheaded communications; supervised volunteers; developed sponsorship opportunities; co-ordinated final event gala, including readings, prizes and special guests.
|Co-ordinator, City of Charlottetown’s 150th Anniversary Writers’ Festival
Contracted by the City of Charlottetown to conceive, organize and co-ordinate a four-day writers’ festival as part of the city’s 150th anniversary celebrations. Responsible for an all-school student writing competition, writing workshops for all ages, author readings throughout the city, a book show and sale and an evening gala. Successful liaisons were forged with CBC and other radio stations; federal, provincial and city government organizations; newspapers; and poets and authors.
to December 2010
|Author and Project Manager for Cumberland: A History (working title)
Contracted by the City of Ottawa be part of a team to research and write the history of the former City of Cumberland (now amalgamated with Ottawa).
to March 2003
|Editor, East End Communiqué (initially known as the Cumberland Communiqué)
Editor, main writer and photographer for monthly public relations newspaper for the City of Cumberland, and, after municipal amalgamation, for the City of Ottawa when the paper’s coverage was extended to the entire east end of the new mega city. Duties included responsibility for editorial content, co-ordination of columns from city departments and politicians; layout, proofreading, translation, printing and distribution of newspaper. Managed budget of $100,000 and staff of four.
to March 1998
|Photojournalist, Weekly Journal
Responsible for several beats, including arts, crime and municipal politics. Wrote weekly arts column.
to June 2009
|Webmaster for the Upton Farm Preservation Network www.saveuptonfarm.com|
to February 2010
|Executive Officer, PEI Writers’ Guild|
to August 2010
|Executive Officer, Canadian Association of Journalists, Charlottetown Chapter|
|EDUCATION and TRAINING||Third year Bachelor of Arts
Successfully completed several writing, editing, interviewing, photography and computer skills workshops given by professional associations, including the Ontario and Canadian Community Newspapers Associations; the Canadian Association of Journalists; the Canadian Press Club; etc.
|REFERENCES||Available upon request|