Ms. Alva French
email: alva dot french at gmail dot com
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updated October 14, 2018
I am available for short and long term professional opportunities in video journalism and storytelling that must include substantive story assignments, and a competitive salary corresponding to my level of education, language, cultural and technical skills, contacts and more than seven years of professional journalism experience as a New York-based reporter. Serious inquiries only.
Bilingual Video Journalist, Various, New York, NY — May 2011 — Present
Video journalist covering US politics, health care, global businesses, US gun policy and, very occasionally, relevant and incisive arts and entertainment stories for global audiences in English and French. Recent experiences include as working full-time as a contractor at Reuters.tv, BuzzFeed News, and as a Staff Video Reporter at Quartz/Atlantic Media.
I also offer production support to French-speaking media professionals in the US looking for fresh angles, interview subjects, locations and production expertise in the US as well. Previous experiences include working with journalists and filmmakers from France Télévisions, Le Journal du Dimanche, Le Parisien, Les Films d’Ici, and Compagnie des Phares et Balises on stories related to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the Senegalese community in Harlem, the Affordable Care Act, and the impact of the transatlantic slave trade.
CEO and Founder, Tactile Films, LLC, New York, NY — July 2017 — Present
Producing and directing the forthcoming personal documentary, “Sans Titre #8” for exclusive international distribution outside of the US. French showbiz consultant and artist manager through PranksterGangster.com, Part of Tactile Films, LLC.
Staff Video Producer, DailyMail.com, New York, NY — Aug 2015 — Dec 2016
Welp, bi-weekly paychecks meant I had US health insurance.
Staff News Producer, NBC News/Meet The Press, Washington DC — May 2013 — Dec 2014
Scheduled & booked elite politicians, journalists and newsmakers. Researched guests and segments for news packages with special correspondents and round table discussions for the program. Pitched, researched and produced PRESS PASS segments, a book author series posted online that aired locally on WRC-TV in Washington. Managed on-location logistics and reporting for live audiences and television guests for segments in Boston and Denver. Promoted to Producer from Associate Producer after 10 months. Responsible for producing show opens and teases. Collaborated with video editors & graphic designers for fresh visual approaches to convey complex political stories. Researched & compiled relevant soundbites, news angles and b-roll for use within interview and roundtable segments on air.
Staff Video Producer, The Associated Press, Washington DC — May 2012 — May 2013
Transformed AP wire copy into readable, professional broadcast copy. Produced and edited breaking news video from a variety of AP sources into professional video packages aimed at domestic US television affiliates and an online news video audience. Pitched and produced relevant enterprise news stories; Translated French language news items for international broadcast. Promoted from Freelance Video Producer.
CFPJ (Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes), Paris, France
French Journalism Workshop
Winter — Spring 2007
New York University, New York, NY
BA, French Language and Civilization
Cinema Studies coursework (Transferred from the NYU/TSOA Cinema Studies department to NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences ahead of my junior year.)
NYU in France (Université de Paris III/Sorbonne Nouvelle and Université de Paris X/Nanterre)
Honors and Awards
- DCTV Fall 2016 Documentary Work-in-Progress Lab (Sans Titre #8)
- CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Dean Stephen Shepard Award for Excellence in Journalism, May 2012
- CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Student Commencement Speaker, December 2011
- National Press Foundation, Paul Miller Washington DC Reporting Fellowship, Class of 2013-4
- New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, University Scholar
Video Editing: Final Cut Pro 7 & X, Adobe Premiere
Video shooting: Canon DSLRs, Canon C100 & C200s, Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras
Audio Recording & Editing for Radio Broadcasts
News script writing
Social media video optimization
Research (Lexis/Nexis, US government sources)