Employment

Senior Editor

April 1, 2014 to Aug. 23, 2016

Round Earth Media

Lead producer, editor and designer for award-winning international reporting project on migration.

  • Recruited team of Spanish-speaking reporters from across Mexico and Central America, coaching them in narrative style and journalistic standards and helping them place stories in top-tier national media such as Reforma, El Periodico and El Faro.

  • Generated underreported story ideas about migration in Mexico and Central America, pre-interviewing sources in Spanish, researching issues and cultivating contacts.

  • Member of team that won a 2015 Peabody Award for a report on migration and violence in Latin America.

  • Conceived and produced an eight-part Spanish-language radio series / podcast about migration for Latin American market using traditional episodic telenovela-like storytelling techniques.

  • Created an online content management system adapted to unique requirements of our multinational reporting model using Python programming language and Django web framework.

  • Created interactive animated map with Javascript and Mapbox API to present Vidas Cruzadas podcast episodes.

Founder / Producer

June 1, 2010 to Nov. 1, 2013

New Roots Radio

Founder of non-profit, volunteer-run radio program about migration and refugees across Canada and around the world.

  • Recruited and mentored multicultural team of 24 student volunteers reporters

  • Made innovative use of communication technology to conduct interviews in remote locations: an Islamabad refugee camp, a Cairo barricade; a protest in Tbilisi; a Maasai nomad on a beach in South Africa

  • Won 2012 Haliward for community service

  • Honorable mention, 2012 National Community Radio Association Awards

Latin American Correspondent

May 1, 2004 to Sept. 1, 2010

World Vision Report

Radio reporter on immigration, poverty, social justice and human rights in Mexico, US, Guatemala and Colombia for US radio program funded by World Vision

  • Story highlights included reporting on gun fights at a Oaxaca barricade, on Central American migrants hopping trains to the US, and plight of internal refugees returning home across a minefield in Colombia

  • Winner, New York Festivals award, 2007; several other stories shortlisted for awards

  • Great editor feedback: “Best reporter on our staff.”

Freelance reporter

Jan. 1, 2002 to Aug. 23, 2016

Various clients

Radio and print reporter in Mexico, publishing in English and Spanish

  • Clients included BBC World Service, CBC, NPR, PRI, Christian Science Monitor, Canadian Press, Atlantic Business Magazine, Gatopardo, Vice News

  • Awarded Honorable Mention, Radio Universidad Bienale de Radio Universidad, Mexico, 2008

  • Great editor feedback: “That's the most moving story I've ever heard” (CBC editor).

Radio workshop instructor

May 1, 2007 to May 2, 2007

Universidad Veracruzana Intercultural

Taught radio documentary production to indigenous youth in remote community station

  • Developed innovative game for teaching script writing

  • Collaboration with one student led to documentary for the World Vision Report

Other experience

Founder / Soccer Coach

Jan. 1, 2012 to Aug. 23, 2016

Park West Kickaround Club

Founded volunteer-run soccer club bringing together local and immigrant children from around the world

  • Membership rose to 60 children, with dozens of parents and local youth volunteering as coaches

  • Great feedback from parents, eg. 'we really appreciate what you guys are doing for the kids, not just for soccer, but also the social skills and making friends', 'you guys are the greatest', 'our children won't join any other club!'

Founder / Teacher

Jan. 1, 2013 to Aug. 23, 2016

The Imagination Room

Created an after-school and summer learning club, teaching kids robotics, physics, art and computer programming

Speaker

Jan. 1, 2010 to Aug. 23, 2016

Various venues

Presented talks on journalism, education and multiculturalism

  • “Reporting between the lines”, King's College University

  • “Local bloggers and foreign correspondents: What new media can do for overseas news”, Halifax Podcamp

  • “From the Frontline to the Classroom: Where education and journalism meet”, Carleton University

Education

Coursework for MA

Sept. 1, 2012 to Sept. 1, 2013

Dalhousie University

International Development Studies

  • Completed coursework with A average

  • Withdrew before completing thesis for economic reasons

BA Hons

Sept. 1, 1987 to Sept. 1, 1992

Dalhousie University

Combined History / English Literature

  • Graduated on Dean's List

For 15 years, Conrad lived in Mexico, where he worked as a freelance radio and print journalist. His work took him into a minefield, a gunfight, a dugout canoe and the homes of many fascinating, brave and generous people. He is also an avid teacher and has led classes in radio, robotics, soccer, physics and anthropology in a diversity of places, including office towers, lecture halls, fields and palm thatched huts.


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