About Me/Resume

A native of Trinidad and Tobago, I’ve always been interested in the world around me. I work in both journalism and international affairs. When I’m not busy writing stories, shooting photos or editing videos you can find me behind turntables playing to Afrobeats.

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EXPERIENCE /PROJECTS

Solutions Journalism Network, New York, N.Y.
March 2017 — Present
Newsroom Practice Change, North East Manager | Multimedia Lead
Teach and train journalists and newsroom teams in the solutions approach. Consults
newsroom staff on reporting strategies and techniques, and multimedia content production and management.

Harlem Focus, New York, N.Y.
Feb. 2014 — August 2017
Managing Editor,
Manage and edit reporters and student contributors. Manage website and social media. Seek funding. Report/produce multimedia stories (print, video, data etc.)

Amsterdam News, New York, N.Y.
Feb. 2014 — March 2017
Internship Coordinator, Reporter
Promoted and managed internship program. Trained and taught interns reporting, writing and multimedia basics. Reported on a variety of stories. Aided with social media planning and distribution.

The City College of New York, New York, N.Y.
Feb. 2014 — May 2017
Adjunct Professor/Advisor in the Dept: Journalism, Media Studies & Comm.
Taught undergraduate students the basics of modern journalism through a multimedia lens.

Seeds of Africa, New York, N.Y. (and Adama, Ethiopia)
Feb. 2014 — Dec 2014
Social Media Manager
Managed social media accounts, official website and campaigns for the NGO.

GRITtv.org, New York, N.Y.
June 2013 — Sep. 2013
Intern, Video Editor/Social Media Producer
Edited 15–minute interviews, repackaged, distributed and promoted content via social media.

International YMCA, New York, N.Y.
Mar. 2010 — Mar. 2013
Volunteer Coordinator, Global Teens Press Corps
Worked with teen participants to produce mini-documentaries about civil and social issues overseas.

Democracy Now!, New York, N.Y.
Jan. 2012 — June 2012
Social Media Intern
Co-managed the show’s social media profiles. Developed multiple online outreach strategies.

Department of Public Information, United Nations, New York, N.Y.
Mar. 2012 — June 2012
U.N., Non-Government Organization Relations
Assisted in planning, brainstorming and corresponding with guest panelists for UN NGOs briefings. Increased the participation of NGO Youth Representatives in the “Youth Initiative.”

WHCR 90.3 FM, New York, N.Y.
Jan. 2011 — July 2011
Host/Producer
Hosted and produced a news and talk show about The City College and Harlem community.

International Relations Project, Trinidad and Tobago
Jan. 2010 — April 2010
Independent Journalist
Investigated the effects of US criminal deportation to Trinidad and Tobago over the past 20 years.

Metropolitan Transport Authority, New York, N.Y. June 2010 — Aug. 2010
Script Writing Intern, Transit Transit News Magazine
Served as production assistant for public broadcast television show. Edited footage into news segments.

WCCR 640AM/590AM, New York, N.Y.
June 2008 — June 2010
Operations Manager/Vice President
Managed radio shows, bookings and promotional events; edited songs and radio commercials; trained new members on radio and studio etiquette; updated the office management.

EDUCATION
CUNY, Graduate School of Journalism, Dec. 2013
M.A. Journalism, international reporting concentration
CUNY, The City College of New York, May 2011
B.A. International Studies, culture and communication concentration

SKILLS
Photography; Videography; Writing; Radio; CSS, HTML, JQuery (Coding-Intermediate), French (Intermediate)
Software: Final Cut Pro 7 and X, Premiere, ProTools, Illustrator, After Effects, Photoshop, WordPress, Salesforce and ther Media and Content Management Systems
Hardware: Beta and Digital Cameras, DSLRs, Marantz Recorders, Audio Studio Equipment


CONTACT
Brooklyn, N.Y.
MikhaelSimmonds@gmail.com
Instagram: @miksphotos
(347) 464–9169