News/research from teacher-journalist Robert J. Ballantyne

Curriculum Vitae

Robert J. Ballantyne is an educator, journalist, filmmaker, web developer, and graphic designer


Education

Bachelor of Education Degree
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

Digital Marketing Management Diploma
University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Bachelor of Journalism Degree
Ryerson University
Toronto, Canada


Skills and Expertise

Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Photoshop
  • Premiere
  • Acrobat
  • Illustrator
  • After Effects
  • Dreamweaver
  • InDesign
  • Media Encoder
  • Audition

Website Design and Development

  • WordPress
  • CSS3
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • PHP
  • Sass
  • Drupal
  • HTML5
  • jQuery
  • ExpressionEngine

Teaching and Instruction

  • Culturally responsive teaching
  • Experiential learning
  • Formative assessment
  • Project-based learning
  • Technology integration
  • Workplace preparation

Video and Audio Production

  • Avid Media Composer
  • Avid iNews
  • Audacity
  • Vegas Pro
  • Reaper
  • ACID Pro

Digital Marketing

  • SEO
  • SEM
  • Google AdWords
  • Google Analytics
  • Social Media Marketing
  • MailChimp

Microsoft Office

  • Word
  • OneDrive
  • Excel
  • Access
  • PowerPoint
  • Publisher

Experience

Gifted Education Instructor
Association for Bright Children of Ontario, Ottawa
April 2019 to Present

  • Seasonal multimedia journalism instructor for gifted and talented youth aged 9 to 15.

Front-End Web Developer
Artsculture Creative, Toronto/Ottawa
January 2016 to August 2018

  • Built and designed custom-built $10,000+ WordPress websites for clients.
  • Developed UI/UX and planned content, SEO and social media strategies.
  • Created wireframes, mockups and prototypes.

Journalist
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Toronto
October 2006 to January 2016

Television Director, Producer

  • Conceived, planned, managed and executed original television, digital and audio projects.
  • Directed and organized national network TV and radio reports for Marketplace, As It Happens and The National.
  • Coordinated crews of up to 12 people, and produced and directed original productions with budgets of up to $50,000.
  • Oversaw crisis, legal and editorial issues under scrutiny and intense deadlines.

Web Developer, Digital Producer, Social Media Producer

  • Pioneered and administrated digital workflow, content standards, and social media strategies for investigative news programs Marketplace and The Fifth Estate.
  • Built, maintained and created digital content, interactives and video for many TV news program websites, including Marketplace, The Fifth Estate, The Nature of Things, Connect with Mark Kelley and more.

Investigative Researcher

  • Produced original, longform investigative research for the consumer TV news program, Marketplace.
  • Negotiated and booked on-camera interviews with hostile stakeholders.
  • Prepared lines of questioning and background for hosts conducting on-camera interviews.
  • Reported undercover using hidden cameras.

Staff Reporter
Toronto Star, Toronto
January 2004 to May 2005

  • Wrote news articles to strict deadline as a general assignment reporter.

Additional experience

Researcher
University of Ottawa, Ottawa
January 2019 to March 2020

  • Researched education issues within the Greater Ottawa Area.

Editor-in-Chief
Popjournalism, Toronto/Ottawa
January 2000 to March 2020

  • Provide editorial support in website news production for new writers who wish to launch an arts journalism career.

Manager, Content & Editorial Strategy
American Marketing Association, Toronto
August 2017 to August 2018

  • Maintained and curated organization’s editorial calendar.
  • Scheduled, organized and lead MarCom in brainstorming content.

Director, New Members and Diversity
Canadian Media Guild, Toronto
September 2008 to June 2016

  • Represented the interests of thousands of young, and Indigenous and visible minority media workers at the CBC, Canadian Press, Shaw Media, TVO/TFO, Thomson Reuters, VICE Media and freelance journalists.

Host/Producer
CKLN 88.1 FM, Toronto
September 2001 to May 2007

  • Producer and on-air host of weekly current affairs radio program, Word of Mouth.
  • Recruited, organized and trained volunteers to produce a weekly community radio program.
  • Trained and produced community volunteers from Regent Park, including at-risk youth, new refugees, and representatives from Indigenous and multicultural advocacy organizations.