Conrad Fox



Teaching

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Creative robotics

Teaching robotics was a way of fulfilling a childhood dream of building robots, under the guise of adult professionalism. In my classes children sought creative solutions to creative problems. Rather than the same old line followers that everyone builds, we had gymnast robots, dancers, Rube Goldberg machines, as well as infinite variety of fighters. My classes emphasized communication; students worked in pairs and had to find ways to express their ideas with their partners and the rest of the class.

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English as a second language

I am the co-founder ofHalifax Academy, an online English school. I developed the online learning platform myself with live custom exercises, whiteboards and updated weekly media, all designed to be as stimulating, fresh and sometimes as silly as my our person classes. Currently, we are offering a mini-immersive course for software developers (and anyone technical minded) and will soon have an English writing course for journalists and academics.

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Radio storytelling

I've taught radio workshops in a number of settings in Canada and Mexico. I focus on the storytelling aspect that often eludes many reporters, the idea of constructing a progression of scenes that progressively develop the idea, as well as the humanity and immediacy of radio. Highlights include founding and running a radio show on immigration with a multicultural team of students across Canada, radio training for a pirate radio station in Veracruz, Mexico and a collaboration with the Lado Bnews outlet in Puebla, Mexico. I've developed a unique radio "game" card game that I use with participants, and have now implemented online.

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Silly soccer

I started a small club of mostly immigrant children, including my own, in a dull and underserved Canadian neighbourhood. It began as a low-key chance for kids to run around and be silly in a relatively safe environment. At it's height we had about 100 children and dozens of volunteer coaches. As it evolved, I got more serious about the soccer and so did about half the kids. The other half, including half of mine, just wanted to keep being silly and eventually the club petered out. But for a few years it was very exciting.


Hello. I'm a journalist, radio producer and teacher. I've worked in Latin America and the Caribbean for most of my career. My work has taken me across a minefield, into a gunfight, paddling a dugout canoe and inside the homes of many brave and generous people. I have also produced several major international reporting projects where a large part of my job was recruiting and mentoring local reporters. I love teaching, and besides journalism, I have taught soccer, robotics, anthropology and English.

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What they say

Conrad is a reporter's reporter - courageous, compassionate and creative. No easy press conferences for him. Conrad takes on assignments that might scare off others and always delivers. A first-rate storyteller.

Leda Hartman

Public media editor and journalist, USA

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