email: alva dot french at gmail dot com
updated March 2018
Breaking News Video Producer, BuzzFeed News, New York, NY — Oct 2017 — Present
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.
Founder, Tactile Films, LLC, New York, NY — July 2017 — Present
Producing and directing the forthcoming documentary: Tria and Dan: A Paris Love Story
Freelance Bilingual Field Producer, New York, NY — May 2011 — Present
I occasionally offer production support to French-speaking media professionals looking for fresh angles, interview subjects, locations and production expertise in the US.
Have worked 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 transatlantic slave trade.
Reporter/Producer, Reuters.tv, New York, NY — Dec 2016 — Sept 2017
Script writing, video editing, voice-over narration, and occasional shooting for news packages on deadline for the Reuters.tv mobile app and Reuters Video News; Interviewing and collaborating with Reuters text reporters for fresh angles showcasing Reuters journalism.
Producer, 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.
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 and segments for the program and for special correspondents. Pitched, researched and produced PRESS PASS segments that were posted online and aired locally on WRC-TV in Washington. Handled on-location logistics and reporting for live audiences and television guests for on location segments. 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 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.
The City University of New York, Graduate School of Journalism, New York, NY
MA, International Reporting, 2011
New York University, New York, NY
BA, French Language and Civilization
Tisch School of the Arts, University Scholar
NYU in France
- Dean’s Award for Excellence in Journalism, May 2012 — CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
- National Press Foundation Paul Miller Washington DC Reporting Fellowship, Class of 2013-4
Video Editing: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere
Video shooting: Canon DSLRs, Canon C100 & C200s, Sony Alpha mirrorless cameras
Audio Recording & Editing
News script writing
Research (Lexis, government sources, online tools)