Resume

Alva French
email: alva dot french at gmail dot com
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updated August 2018

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Journalism Experience

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 working at Quartz/Atlantic Media and Reuters Video News. 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 documentary:  A Paris Love Story

Breaking News Video Producer (Full-time Contractor), BuzzFeed News, New York, NY —  Oct 2017 — May 2018
Pitching, shooting, editing and producing breaking news and original feature news video packages that appear on BuzzFeed News’ social platforms, including Facebook, Apple News, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram. Reported video stories include, Chicago teens joining forces with Parkland students to end gun violence, new online video platforms for gun enthusiasts, and synthetic marijuana deaths in Chicago.

Black Girl Shrugs Emoji

Video Producer, DailyMail.com, New York, NY —  Aug 2015 — Dec 2016
Welp, rent was paid.

Producer (Full-time Contractor), HUFF POST LIVE, New York, NY —  Mar 2015 —  Aug 2015
Scripted and produced segments on politics, news, and pop culture for Huff Post Live; Was active in the control room communicating with hosts, engineering staff and calling for elements during live segments; Prepared background material on segments for hosts on guests and topics; Collaborated with video editors for visual elements. Produced segment topics and guest interviews include: the Greek debt crisis, the death of Kalief Browder, Gloria Allred and Lisa Bloom, Tokio Hotel, Paul Mason, Omar Sy, Alan Alda, Scott Eastwood and Reforming the US Election System.


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 9 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.

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. 

Education

The City University of New York, Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
MA, International Reporting, 2011

CFPJ (Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes), Paris, France
French Journalism Workshop
Spring 2007

New York University, New York, NY
BA, French Language and Civilization
Cinema Studies coursework (Freshman and sophomore years)
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 (A Paris Love Story)
  • 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

Skills

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)
Bilingual (French/English)

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