Jeffrey Vallis is a freelance writer and communications specialist living in Toronto.

CBC Work Samples

CBC Work Experience & Samples

Radio Production

As a freelance producer for CBC Radio One, I have worked with national programs including Now or Never and Unreserved. I contributes ideas for program content and chase guests through a variety of avenues including social media, personal outreach and traditional research methods. I extensively pre-interview potential contributors, select music, sound effects, produce program elements, edit and mix audio and/or visual elements and digitize and package audio and video material for the web and social media. I have worked with various audio recording devices, including Marantz, Zoom and iOS and have superior editing skills in DaletPlus, Adobe Audition and ProTools.

  • June 23, 2018: Interviewed Mary-Ann Venditti about her experience training for her first triathlon, including gathering clips in the field from her running and swimming practices. I edited and mixed the story for radio. (Listen to the full episode, story from 21:50 to 28:15)
  • June 1, 2018: I attended a gospel service at the All Nations Full Gospel Church for Now or Never's episode about "what your faith is motivating you to do." I interviewed the pastor and several attendees, gathered ambient sounds, recorded the live music, edited and mixed the radio pack, and designed shareable graphics for social media showcasing the people of All Nations. (Listen to the full episode, story from 09:00 to 12:25)
  • April 28, 2018: Pre-interviewed 70-year-old cancer patient Fatima and her daughter Tamara over the phone for Now or Never's episode about "the one thing you want to do for the good of your health." I followed along on Fatima's journey up the CN Tower, interviewed Fatima and Tamara before and after the climb, gathered ambient sounds and interview clips, edited the radio pack, mixed APM music, wrote web story, took photos and video, edited video for digital platforms. (Listen to the story)
  • April 22, 2018: Recorded a double-ender/tape-sync with Deborah McGregror, associate professor at York University's environmental studies program, while Unreserved host Rosanna Deerchild interviewed her over the phone. (Listen to the podcast, interview from 39:28 to 48:10)
  • February 24, 2018: Gathered in the field interviews of kids attending a special screening of Black Panther for Now or Never. (Listen to the full episode, ambient sounds and interview clips from 00:00 to 01:42 and 53:45 to 54:14 )
  • February 24, 2018: Recorded a double-ender/tape-sync with Toronto artist and elementary school teacher Gordon Shadrach, while producer Kaj Hasselriis interviewed him over the phone for Now or Never. (Listen to the story)
 

Web Writing

Working closely with syndicated columnists for CBC Radio One, I adapt and digitize weekly radio columns into web stories to push out to local newsrooms across the country. I write, rewrite, copy edit and package content for presentation on mobile and digital platforms in a clear and concise manner.  This includes writing headlines, selecting images and links and designing story layout to optimize audience reach.

I have demonstrated superior writing, editorial, vetting and digital packaging skills, as well as excellent proofreading skills. I have excellent grammar, punctuation and spelling and have demonstrated an ability to “think online” and write for an online audience. I effectively use Polopoly CMS and other digital platforms to enhance audience experience and engagement. I'm also fluent in editing and manipulating images and graphics with Photoshop and I have a working knowledge of CBC’s Journalistic Standards and Practices and the CBC Language Guide.