About Claire

 

I’m 25 and live in Ottawa, ON, Canada. 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. Nowadays I focus more on content writing and editing, as well as web and graphic design.

I’m a veritible one woman creative department: well established writer and editor, graphic and web designer, budding developer, and social media junkie.

I graduated from the University of King’s College in 2014 with double honours in journalism and political science, specializing in digital media. I’ve writen and edited for a number of publications, in both a full-time and freelance capacity, including: iPolitics.ca, the National Post, Daily Xtra, the Telegraph Journal and Vice.

In 2016 I switched gears, studying graphic and web design. I completed an online course through CalArts, Specialization in Graphic Design, offered through Coursera that covered art history and theory, design fundamentals including typography and colour theory, and branding – logo design, brand development, and more.

With those pillars established, I’ve gone on to relearn Adobe’s Photoshop and InDesign because surprisingly the software has updated since I used it last in university. Wireframing and soft coding skills came next, specifially HTML5 and CSS3. Knowing the options and limitations of development have informed my design tremendously and I am constantly learning and pushing those boundaries.

 


My resumé, in brief.

 

Freelance writer and designer
clairewahlen.ca | Sept. 2015 – Currently

  • Designed website pages 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;

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