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Bryna Hallam is a Victoria-based writer and editor who has written for Verge, IRIN, Smart Connections and others. She is currently a desk editor (and writes an occasional cycling blog) at the Times Colonist newspaper.

An editor once called her a “robot sent from the future to churn out late-breaking stories,” but when possible, she prefers to take a bit more time crafting her words.

Although she co-founded a newspaper while in elementary school, she really decided to became a journalist once it became clear that words – and not a biology degree – were her best tool for making a positive change in the world.

A versatile journalist who has written on many topics, Bryna is especially interested in development, human rights, the environment and travel.

For a more detailed CV, please see LinkedIn.


Journalism experience

The Ring (Victoria) • Freelance writer and photographer • See my work for The Ring here

Momentum Magazine (Vancouver) • Arts and culture editor • See some of my work for Momentum here

Integrated Regional Information Networks (Freetown, Sierra Leone) • Stringer covering humanitarian news and human rights • See my work for IRIN here

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) • Copy editor and page editor • See samples of my work here

Canadian University Press (Toronto) • National bureau chief, Western bureau chief, features bureau chief

The Martlet (Victoria) • Editor in chief, news editor, reporter


Volunteer experience

jhr – Journalists for Human Rights (Zambia, Sierra Leone) • Rights media trainer with the Media Institute of Southern Africa, Zambia (MISA Zambia) in Lusaka and the Concord Times newspaper in Freetown

Nicaragua Fuente de Vida Society • Volunteer webmaster/writer for local non-profit group


Education

University of Victoria • Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics and Professional Writing and Publishing (Journalism)

Okanagan University College (now Okanagan College) • Two years of study toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology


Travel experience

I have traveled extensively: Sierra Leone, Guinea, Zambia, Tanzania, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Mongolia, China, Thailand, the Philippines, Great Britain, Germany, France, Austria, the Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, the United States and Canada.

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