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.
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
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.”
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).
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
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!'
Created an after-school and summer learning club, teaching kids robotics, physics, art and computer programming
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
International Development Studies
Completed coursework with A average
Withdrew before completing thesis for economic reasons
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.
Logremos que los ciclistas y motociclistas tengan respeto, yo no ofendo a nadie no uso chofer ni escoltas ando sola… https://t.co/yXTkvgt1ua
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