Ottawa-Based multimedia journalist. Loved ones have called me Joy since I was a baby, a namesake for my constant smile. Working with that, I decided on Joycast, a play on the word podcast and an attempt to broadcast joy through journalism.
My background studies in journalism and human rights have taken me to El Salvador where I photographed former guerilla fighters and wrote about their civil war stories. I’ve written about testimonies from First Nation elders in the Yukon about their traumas in residential school and their hopes for healing.
I’ve designed graphics on violence against transgender people. I've chronicled the daily lives of people with disabilities who navigate harsh Canadian winters in wheelchairs. My stories have taken me from the Alaskan highway, to CBC newsrooms, to the top of volcanoes in Central America and I hope they will take me farther.
FEATURED PAST PROJECTS
Ronnie Young: Stories North
In the summer of 2018, I was fortunate enough to spend a month in the Yukon with a group of talented journalists. It was here where I met Ronnie Young, someone who won me over with her strength and smile. Myself, Adam van der Zwan, and Shanice Pereira were lucky enough to hear her story.
Voices from the Front: Centretown News
In November 2017, I had the opportunity to cover the production of "Voices from the Front: The Radio Show" at the Gladstone Theatre in Ottawa directed by Teri Loretto-Valentik and co-created by John Cook. The show was as captivating as it was thought-provoking. Read it on Joycast here.
This story was originally published in Centretown News (now Capital Current) and can be found here.