Don Duncan
+ 353 89 456 3949
donduncan79@gmail.com
Nationality: Irish
 
KEY EXPERIENCE/SKILLS
·       Experienced media and communications trainer with over eight years of work undertaken on the ground in over a fifteen countries
·       Active freelance journalist, working across all media and filing stories from the Middle East, Europe & Asia for leading English-language outlets
·       An experienced screenwriter and filmmaker with latest short film screening in over 30 festivals globally and picking up eight awards
·       Skilled in video editing software (Final Cut Pro, Premiere and Avid), sound editing software (ProTools, Audition, Hindenburg and Audacity), photo editing software (Photoshop and Bridge) as well as various podcasting software suites
·       Training specialties include include: radio, television, print and web journalism; breaking news reporting; feature reporting; multimedia journalism skills and techniques; podcasting; PR and Communications; film producing; film directing; and script writing
·       Fluent in English (mother tongue) French, Irish and lower intermediate level in Arabic (MSA and Levantine)
 
COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING EXPERIENCE

BBC Media Action, London (UK)
05/2017 – 06/2017       South Sudan: Lead trainer and creator of syllabus          Project leader/trainer
·     Preparing a series of trainings in journalism and humanitarian communications to happen in three cities across South Sudan in June 2017.The trainings will build the skills of some 100 journalists, humanitarian workers and government spokespeople
12/2016 – 01/2017       Afghanistan: Lead trainer and creator of syllabus           Project leader/trainer
·     Prepared some 100 journalists, humanitarian workers and government spokespeople for communications, post-earthquake
02/2016 – 04/2016       Tunisia: Multimedia journalism trainer                           Project leader/trainer
·     Developed and led two sets of multimedia training in Tunis targeting journalists from radio, TV and print sectors. Focus was on exploiting portable, easy-to-use technologies so as to make slick, effective multimedia communications products
12/2015 – 01/2016       Tanzania:                                                                    Trainer
·     Trained journalists and humanitarian NGOs in how to better communicate in the context of famine and disease outbreak
11/2015 – 12/2015       Algeria:                                                                       Trainer
·     Built skills and competences of journalists in government-run media as well as government communications personnel
07/2015 – 10/2015       Myanmar: Managed + edited weekly radio programme    Mentor/trainer
·     Broadcast to some 8.4 million people through the state broadcaster (MRTV), the radio programme was also a means to carry out close mentorship and training of MRTV staff so as to increase their competence and capacities
12/2014 – 05/2015       West Africa: Trained/project managed Ebola project       Trainer/project manager
·     Prepared and led training of media, humanitarian and government personnel in Benin, Gambia, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. Focus was on preparing trainees to communicate effectively should Ebola spread to their countries
·     Trainings covered skills in radio, television, online and print journalism as well as spokesperson skills and communications strategies for the government and humanitarian sectors
09/2015 – 11/2015       Sierra Leone: Syllabus design and training of trainers     Project leader/trainer
·     Designed a training syllabus for 37 local radio stations nationwide, aiming to improve the overall effectiveness of radio in Sierra Leone in the fight against Ebola. Trained in-country staff to deliver the course out on the field
 
Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), London (UK)
10/2015 – 11/2012       Mauritania: Training on political reporting                      Project leader/trainer
·     Delivered a series of courses aimed at enabling Mauritanian journalists to cover the political sphere more completely
03/2011 – 06/2011       Tunisia: Multimedia training and skills building                Trainer/project manager
·     Trainings targeted journalists working across platforms and helped them capture the country’s youth voice, post-revolution
07/2010 – 11/2010       Syria and Lebanon: Multimedia training + skills building Project leader/trainer
·     Designed, developed and delivered a comprehensive syllabus on multimedia reporting for young Syrian journalists

Daniel Pearl Reporting Project, New York (USA)
2007 – 2008                 Online syllabus design and delivery                                  Consultant/tutor
·     Helped build a multimedia syllabus for use via the web by high school students around the world. Also served as a tutor on the project
 
JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE
 
Freelance Reporter   (working across radio, video, print and digital formats)                                                              
06/2007 – Present        Based in Dublin (Ireland), covering Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia                                                                    
·     File print, video and radio coverage of breaking news and political, economic, cultural, and development features from Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa
·     Produce radio and video documentaries on a wide range of subjects from various parts of the world for clients including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CBC (Canada) and Deutsche Welle
·     Specialise as a one-man-band multimedia reporter, filing print, photo, audio and video
·     Was based in Beirut, Lebanon from 2009 to 2012 as a freelance foreign correspondent. Regional coverage included: the Egyptian, Libyan and Tunisian revolutions and the uprising in Syria
·     Coverage beyond the Middle East includes reporting from: Afghanistan, Benelux, Bhutan, China, Ethiopia, France, India, Ireland, Nepal, and the US
·     Editorial Clients: Agence France Presse (AFPTV), BBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Christian Science Monitor, Le Monde Diplomatique, National Geographic, The New York Times, NPR, PBS, TIME, The Wall Street Journal, and others
·     Awards/Fellowships:
·       Reporting fellow: National Press Foundation, World AIDS Summit (Atlanta: Sept. 2010 and Vienna, July 2010)
·       Fund grantee, Bhutan investigative project: The Investigative Fund, The Nation Institute, New York (2009)
·       News21 multimedia fellow, Carnegie/Knight Foundations (New York: Summer 2008)
·       Travel grant: Afghanistan, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2008)
·       Travel grant: Lebanon, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2007)
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