EMAIL: alva dot french at gmail dot com
updated October 2017
An experienced bilingual news professional & visual storyteller, and a dual national of France (EU) & the United States with international work experience. Passionate for unfiltered news, personal stories, complex characters, meaningful discussion, global politics and culture, urban life, and highly sought after television news guests. Over ten years experience as an online marketer and communicator.
Breaking News Video Producer, BuzzFeed News, New York, NY – Oct 2017 — Present
Producing news video for emerging video platforms at BuzzFeed News.
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 Reuters TV mobile app and Reuters Video News; Interviewing and collaborating with Reuters text reporters for fresh angles showcasing the best of Reuters journalism.
Video Producer, DailyMail.com, New York, NY – Aug 2015 — Dec 2016
I am a staff Video Producer at the DailyMail.com, the most popular website in the English language. I shoot using HD cameras and edit video with Adobe Premiere. I edit video from a variety of video sources for placement within relevant text stories on DailyMail.com. I secure permissions for these sources, as well as pitch original stories for publication on the site.
Producer, HUFF POST LIVE, New York, NY – Mar 2015 — Aug 2015
I script and produce segments on politics, news, and pop culture for the streaming video channel; I am active in the control room communicating with hosts, engineering staff and calling for elements during live segments; I prepare background material on segments for host on guests and topics; Collaborate with video editors for visual elements; Pitch new stories for inclusion on Huff Post Live.
Producer, NBC NEWS — MEET THE PRESS, Washington DC – May 2013 – Dec 2014
Scheduling & booking elite politicians, journalists and newsmakers. Researching guests and segments for news packages and segments for the program and for special correspondents. Pitching, researching and producing PRESS PASS, posted online and airing locally on WRC-TV in Washington. Handling on-location logistics and reporting for audience and television guests for segments produced outside of NBC’s DC bureau. Responsible for producing video elements for the show’s open 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. Pitched, researched and produced PRESS PASS segments for air locally and online.
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
Video Editing: Final Cut Pro 7 & X, Adobe Premiere, Avid; Video shooting: DSLR, Canon C100, Sony Alpha mirrorless & HD video cameras; Audio Recording & Editing; News writing; Research (Lexis, government sources, online tools); Bilingual (French/English); Social Media; Web production (basic HTML, Content Management Systems)