Curriculum Vitae - Hugo Rodrigues

  • Bachelor of Honours in Journalism / Minor in History, Carleton University, Ottawa.
  • Completed secondary school diploma at Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School in Ottawa, with Ontario Scholar Honours and bilingual diploma.
  • Finalist, 2013 Ontario Newspaper Awards, social media award and online multimedia special project award.
  • Winner, 2012 Ontario Newspaper Awards, social media award.
  • Recipient, Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth Council certificate of thanks, in recognition of valuable service to the soceiety, March 2012.
  • Finalist, 2010 Ontario Newspaper Awards, municipal affair reporting (under 25,000 circulation).
  • Gordon N. Fisher Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College / University of Toronto, Sept. 2010 - April 2011.
  • Recipient, Lifesaving Society of Ontario Centenary Medal, for significant contributions to the mission of the society. Awarded March 2010.
  • Winner, 2009 Ontario Newspaper Awards, municipal affairs reporting (under 25,000 circulation) – “Behind closed doors.”
  • Second-place, 2008 National Education Writers’ Association awards (newspaper series under 100,000 circulation) – ‘The ABCs of the EQAO.’
  • Finalist, 2008 Ontario Newspaper Awards, Special project (under 25,000 circulation) and online multimedia special project – ‘The ABCs of the EQAO.’
  • Finalist, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Canadian Association of Journalists awards for outstanding investigative journalism in the community newspaper (circulation under 25,000) category – “Growing Stress,” (2004), “From Dairy Capital to Captains of Industry,” (2005), “Risk Management Program,” (2006).
  • Winner, 2004 Ontario Newspaper Awards’ Quickwire Award for Excellence in Editing for the Woodstock Sentinel-Review.
  • Winner, Canadian Community Newspapers Association 2004 Better Newspapers Competition, best historical story category. Also placed second in the best sports photo category.
Job skills:
  • Computer-assisted reporting skills in spreadsheet and database programs, along with comptency in mapping, Google Fusion Tables, forms, etc.
  • Blogging since spring 2009 –, (2011-13) and (2009-11). Familiarity with Blogger, WordPress, tumblr platforms.
  • Social media management – Twitter, facebook pages (one, two), Google+, Storify, liveblogging on both ScribbleLive and CoveritLive platforms, livestreaming video.
  • Able to assimilate large quantities of information in a short time span; to research complex topics using electronic and traditional sources.
  • Management and leadership ability; comfortable working within a team yet able to excel when working individually. Comfortable with both assuming project leadership or completing required tasks as part of larger group effort.
  • Competent working in both a Windows-PC and Macintosh computer environment; familiarity with MS Office including MS Access, Adobe CS suite, Internet software.
  • Ability to manage multiple ongoing projects simultaneously.
  • Fluent in English, French and Portuguese.
Employment history - media and communications:
  • Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall, Ont.): March 2014 to present -- Managing editor, overseeing multi-platform six-person newsroom covering Cornwall, Akwesasne and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry.
  • The Expositor (Brantford, Ont.): 2011 to Dec. 2013 -- General assignment multimedia journalist assigned to the city hall beat and on a weekend rotation. Completing two to four assignment daily.
  • Conestoga College (Kitchener, Ont.): 2011 -- Sessional instructor in post-graduate new-media program, wireless technology course.
  • Sentinel-Review (Woodstock, Ont.): 2003-11 -- General assignment multimedia journalist assigned to the politics (city and county councils, provincial, federal) and education beats. Previous beats included agriculture and a township council. Completing two to four assignments daily.
  • Woolwich Observer (Elmira, Ont.): 2002-03 -- Staff reporter responsible for covering all sports, education and police matters. Also gained knowledge and experience in reporting on long-term care, electricity, provincial politics and health issues. Completed an average of eight to 12 assignments weekly. 
Media-related voluntary service:
  • May 2010 - present: Communications director (interim from 2010-12), Lifesaving Society National Sport Organization council, providing communications advice.
  • May 2006 - present: Member, National Newspaper Awards board of governors.
  • May 15, 2005 - present: National director for the Canadian Association of Journalists, elected president in May 2011. 
  • Jan. 30, 2006 - July 28, 2011: Member, Oxford County Injury Prevention Team.
  • Nov. 24, 2004 - June 2011: Media rep, Fanshawe College’s Oxford County Campus Advisory Committee.
  • Nov. 29, 2006 - Nov. 2, 2007: Media rep, Oxford Cultural Partnership Project.
  • Sept. 20, 2005 - Sept. 20, 2006: Member, Woodstock Recreation Advisory Committee.
  • Oct. 1999 - April 2000: Student-at-large board member, Charlatan Publications Inc., Carleton University, Ottawa.
Employment history - other:
  • YMCA of Simcoe / Muskoka: Seasonal 1997-2000, full-time 2000-01 -- Program Supervisor for YMCA Camp Kitchikewana. Provided maternity leave coverage for full-time assistant director until Mar. 2001, then transitioned into supervisory and management role for 65 spring / fall outdoor centre and summer camp staff. Projects included program development, planning and coordination, program quality assurance, staff supervision and evaluation.
  • Part-time employment:
    • 1997- present: Lifeguard / swimming and first aid instructor / leadership trainer for various facilities throughout Ontario in Ottawa, Midland, Peterborough, Kitchener and Woodstock. 
    • 2003 - present: Contract / casual leadership instructor at various aquatic facilities across southwestern Ontario, teaching Canadian Red Cross and Lifesaving Society of Canada leadership programs