Colleen K. McKown
iNews, Avid Interplay, Grass Valley/Edius, Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Lightroom, Pro Tools, Canon DSLR and JVC videography, WordPress, Adobe CQ, blogging/social media.
News Producer, Al Jazeera America/News [New York, NY] Oct. ’15-Present
Write and tape produce for morning and midday news shows. Write news reads; write lead-ins and questions for interviews with Al Jazeera correspondents in the field; cut voice-over video; order graphics. Produce breaking news events like presidential candidate debates and live press conferences.
Production Assistant, Al Jazeera America | Third Rail [New York, NY] Feb ’15—Oct. ‘15
Tape produced for the weekly debate talk show “Third Rail” on Al Jazeera America. Cut and produced sot montage packages to set up topics; shot, edited and produced web-exclusive video pieces.
Production Assistant, Al Jazeera America | Consider This [New York, NY] Jul ‘13—Jan ‘15
Wrote and tape produced for the daily talk show “Consider This.” Wrote news reads; cut/produced cold open sot montages; cut voice-over video; researched segments, and promoted the show on social media.
Reporter, Columbia Journalism School [New York, NY] Aug ‘12—May ‘13
Produced video news packages, text, photo, and audio content for NewYorkTorch.com. Produced a short documentary Master’s Project published in Huffington Post on a Sikh-American activist.
Production Assistant/Intern, Ark Media [Brooklyn, NY] Jan ‘12—Jun ‘12
Conducted research for PBS documentary shows The Italian Americans and Finding Your Roots. Searched for background information, articles, and photos; wrote research briefs for producers, assisted on field shoots.
Staff Writer, The Tibet Post International [Dharamsala, India] Jun ‘11—Oct ‘11
Wrote over 75 news and feature stories for the online newspaper. Covered the inauguration of the Tibetan administration’s new political leader, public speeches by the Dalai Lama, and traveled to the Mundgod Tibetan settlement in South India to write a series of stories about the settlement’s people.
English Teacher, RIMS International School [Kannur, Kerala India] Sep ‘10—Dec ‘10
Received “Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages” (TESOL) certification. Designed original lessons for students aged 2-13 in Communicative English at a predominately Muslim primary school.
Admissions Officer, Eagle’s Nest Outdoor Academy [Brevard, NC] Aug ‘08—May ‘10
Traveled around southeastern US recruiting for semester-long program that combined hands-on classroom learning with wilderness leadership. Promoted the school through giving multimedia presentations.
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism [New York, NY] May 2013
M.S. in Broadcast Journalism. Coursework: Video Storytelling, Video Profiles, Photojournalism.
Davidson College [Davidson, NC] May 2008
B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Wrote thesis on 16th-century mystic Teresa of Avila.