Resume

Alva French
EMAIL:  alva dot french at gmail dot com
updated October 2017

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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.

Experience

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. 

 

Education

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

Skills

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)

Meet the Press – Press Pass: Bruce Riedel

Another Press Pass conversation I produced with Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institute and Director of its Intelligence Project, Bruce Riedel on his new book, “What We Won: America’s Secret War in Afghanistan.” August 2014

Meet the Press – Press Pass: Lord John Browne

Another fascinating chat I produced on former BP CEO Lord John Browne’s decision to come out as a gay man discuss his new book, “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business.” July 2014

Meet the Press – Press Pass: Anita Hill

Here’s a Press Pass conversation I produced with law professor Anita Hill on the documentary about the Supreme Court confirmation hearings that made her famous. July 2014

TODAY SHOW: Piper Kerman, from Inmate to Advocate

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Here’s a piece I helped produce that aired on the Today Show with NBC NEWS special correspondent Maria Shriver on ‘Orange Is the New Black’ author, Piper Kerman, now an advocate for prison reform. July 2014

Bill Clinton’s Meet the Press Interview [NBC NEWS]

I handled audience preparation and other logistics for Q and A segments with both President Bill Clinton and other keynote panelists at Clinton Global Initiative America in Denver – June 2014.

Make the Case: Is College Worth it?

Here’s another MAKE THE CASE conversation I co-produced with Dale Stephens of UnCollege and Anne Johnson of Generation Progress. They debate whether going to college is worth it. June 2014

Whistleblower or Traitor? Experts Make the Case

Here’s a conversation I co-produced for the MEET THE PRESS web series, MAKE THE CASE. Jeremy Bash, former Chief of Staff to the CIA and founder of Beacon Strategies and Jesselyn Radack, part of Edward Snowden’s legal team, debate whether Edward Snowden is a whistleblower or a traitor. May 2014

Meet the Press – Press Pass: Dr. Ben Carson

Celebrated surgeon Dr. Ben Carson came on Press Pass to say he doesn’t see himself as a politician despite buzz in some circles encouraging him to run in 2016. Another one of my favorite Press Pass segments that I produced. May 2014

Make the Case: Is Raising the Minimum Wage Worth It?

Here’s another MAKE THE CASE I co-produced on whether or not raising the minimum wage is a good idea. May 2014