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Alva French
 
a​ lva.french@gmail.com​ ● w
​ ww.alvafrench.com​ ● Brooklyn, NY  
 
Professional Profile 
● Over seven years of professional experience in video journalism for top TV and digital news media outlets. 
● Skilled news writer, video editor, shooter, and producer adept at working collaboratively and independently 
during fast-breaking news cycles. 
● Paris-born, bilingual (French/English) dual national of France and the US. A career changer with global work 
experience in digital marketing and communications for the arts and entertainment industries in Paris and 
New York.  
 
Journalism Experience 
The Wall Street Journal, ​Video Journalist (Freelance), New York, NY 
2019 ​— Present 
●Pitch, script, edit, voice and produce breaking and feature news videos on US politics, business, technology, 
and breaking news.  
NewsGuard Technologies, B ​ ilingual News Analyst/Reporter (Freelance),​ N
​ ew York, NY 
2019 ​— Present 
● Evaluate the credibility of news websites for the French-language market. 
● Report and research French and English write-ups for news consumers in an effort to fight misinformation, 
disinformation and false news. 
Bilingual Field Producer/Fixer ​(Freelance), New York, NY  
2011 — Present 
● Provide local production support to French-speaking news and film professionals looking for fresh angles, 
interview subjects, locations and production expertise in the US.   
● 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. 
● Collaborate on TV news segments and documentaries related to Bernie Madoff, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the 
Senegalese community in Harlem, the Affordable Care Act, and the impact of the transatlantic slave trade. 
Quartz News/Atlantic Media​, Video Reporter, New York, NY  
2018 –– 2018 
● Produced, scripted and edited social news videos on science and technology for Quartz’s online and  
social media platforms from user generated content and news wire videos.  
BuzzFeed News​, Breaking News Video Producer (Contract), New York, NY   
2017 –– 2018 
● Pitched, shot, wrote, and edited breaking news social videos for BuzzFeed News’ social media platforms, 
including Twitter, Apple News, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. 
● One-person-band video shooter/writer and editor on enterprise stories related to gun violence in Chicago, the 
Georgia Governor’s race and the race to preserve and own Black Americana.  
Reuters.tv​, Reporter/Producer (Contract), New York, NY   
2016 –– 2017 
● Wrote, edited, and narrated daily breaking news packages for Reuters.tv.  
● Pitched, field produced, filmed feature stories for Facebook Live and Reuters.com 
● Interviewed and collaborated with Reuters text reporters and social media teams on breaking news and 
special reports on the impact of U.S. student loan debt and the political and economic crisis in Venezuela. 
 
 
 
 
Daily Mail Online​, Video Producer, New York, NY  
2015 –– 2016 
● Researched, located, cleared rights, pitched and aggregated viral, affiliate, social and newswire videos for 
online and social media publication on DailyMail.com. 
● Analyzed news metrics and trends to place the best videos in the most relevant text stories.  
HuffPost Live​, Producer (Contract), New York, NY  
2015 –– 2015 
● Pitched, scripted and produced daily segments on politics, news, and pop culture for the streaming video 
channel. 
● Led control room communication with hosts, and technical staff for segment direction of topics, and graphic 
elements during live segments. Prepared background material on segments for hosts on guests and topics 
using social media and online resources. 
NBC News –– Meet The Press,​ Producer, Washington DC   
2013 –– 2014 
● Booked elite politicians, journalists and newsmakers, and researched guests and segments for weekly news 
packages and roundtable discussions. 
● Field produced and pre-interviewed guests for high profile, on-location roundtable segments for the one-year 
anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing and in Denver for the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative – America. 
● Promoted from Associate Producer to Producer after ten months. 
● Wrote anchor scripts. Responsible for producing video elements for the program with video editors and 
graphic designers for fresh visual approaches that conveyed complex political stories. Pitched, researched and 
produced weekly, live-to-tape PRESS PASS segments for local and online broadcast. 
The Associated Press​, Video Producer, Washington DC  
2012 –– 2013 
● Produced, scripted and edited multiple breaking news and enterprise videos daily from a variety of AP 
sources into professional video packages aimed at domestic US television affiliates and an online news video 
audience.   
● Promoted from a Freelance Field Producer in NYC to staff Video Producer in DC. 
 
Education   
The City University of New York, Graduate School of Journalism​, New York, NY 
Master of Arts, International Multimedia Reporting, December 2011 
CFPJ (Centre de formation et de perfectionnement des journalistes)​, Paris, France 
French Journalism Workshop, Winter 2007 
New York University​, New York, NY 
Bachelor of Arts, French, NYU in France/University of Paris coursework; TSOA/NYU Cinema Studies coursework.   
 
Honors and Awards 
National Press Foundation, Paul Miller Washington DC Reporting Fellowship, Class of 2013-4 
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Dean's Award for Excellence in Journalism, May 2012 
CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Student Commencement Speaker, December 2011  
New York University/Tisch School of the Arts, University Scholar 
 
Skills 
Bilingual (French/English) ● Video Editing (Adobe Premiere CC, Final Cut Pro 7 and X) ● Proficient in Adobe After 
Effects and Photoshop ● MS Office/Google Docs ● Video Shooting (Canon C-100& 200 cameras, Sony A7 series, Canon 
DSLRs) ● Audio Recording & Editing ● News Writing ● Research (Lexis, government sources, online tools) ● Social 
Media Management and Optimization ● Web Production (Basic HTML, Content Management Systems).