About Claire

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I live in Ottawa, Ontario. I went to the Universiy of King’s College for a degree in journalism, which led to two years as a federal politics reporter on Parliament Hill.  On top of a solid newsroom position with iPolitics as their national and digital security reporter, I’ve also had bylines in the National Post, the Telegraph Journal, the Chronicle Herald, Vice and DailyXtra.

Over the past year I’ve taken up as a contract web and graphic designer, writer and editor, researcher, developer: whatever needed to be done. I wanted to grow out my resume with more tangible skills, so I took courses on web and graphic design, coding and more to expand on strengths I’d gained in journalism but couldn’t quite substantiate, including analytics and computer assisted investigation and research methods. I like to think this demonstrates my willingness and eagerness to learn new skills and my grace in balancing varied roles and tasks.

My goals going forward are a very different beast. What I loved most in my role as a reporter was the political analysis I did, but when it concerned policy, not politics. The year I spent focusing on my digital skills was useful, largely because it has helped me realize that the policy aspect of my work was so important to my sense of fulfillment. It’s a good thing I did a double honours in political science via Dalhousie University.

I am currently pursuing employment as a junior researcher or analyst in Ottawa, preferably to do with policy or federal politics. At some point over the next few years, I hope to find myself back in the classroom to do a masters degree.

Please reach out if you have a project or position to discuss.

 


My resumé, in brief.

 

Contract web and graphic designer, etc.
clairewahlen.ca | January 2017 – Currently

  • Designing websites on a freelance basis, as well as associated grapics, using WordPress, Shopify, and Squarespace;
  • Created graphics for social media, blog postings and advertisements;
  • Editorial writing, editing, and photography;
  • Copy writing and editing for the web;
  • Researching and consulting for government corporations and small business clients;
  • Some photography, from event coverage to individual portraits

Freelance reporter
Various| April 2016 – Jan. 2017

  • Bylines with the National Post, Daily Xtra, others; content writing and editing for private clients;
  • Volunteered with the Parliamentary Press Gallery (social media and event planning)
  • Volunteered with the Canadian Association of Journalists (co-chair of their annual national meeting, held in Ottawa, as well as local event planning)
  • Volunteered with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (data entry)
  • Some photography

Federal politics and national security reporter
iPolitics.ca | April 2014 – Jan. 2016

  • Reported on national and digital security; some copy editing; live coverage via social media; expanded personal social media brand by approx. 200% while establishing credentials;
  • Did investigative reporting involving computer assisted techniques (eg. web scraping);
  • Some photography

News Editor
Dalhousie Gazette | August 2013 – April 2014

  • Responsible for a 6-10 page section of a print + digital newspaper; responsible for several dozen reporters, writing weekly; live coverage of union and university administator meetings; organized indepth coverage of the the provincial and municipal elections;
  • Was previously Assistant Editor (2013) and Staff Writer (2012);
  • Some photography
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