Mar 15, 2024

Joanna Kozakiewicz

  • Catholic Journalist and Freelance Writer
  • Montreal, QC, Canada
Freelancers Media-Journalism Nonprofit

Personal Summary

Catholic journalism is the rigorous pursuit of truth, and I strive to live by that principle.


I'm a bilingual Catholic writer and journalist from Montreal, Canada. I am available to write for both French and English publications. I have experience working with non-profit organizations. Currently, I help religious sisters testify about their unique mission as a freelance writer for Global Sisters Report and write occasionally for The Catholic Register.

I have over a decade of experience in photography and over six years of experience in management.
I have a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. I also hold diplomas in design and communications. I am motivated to continually improve my knowledge and professional skills through ongoing research and education. Most recently, I completed a course in Catholic journalism at the Saint Monica Institute.

Work Experience

Freelance writer and journalist
Dec 2023 - Present Global Sisters Report

An independent, non-profit source of news and information about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve. Our network of journalists report about their lives and works, and sisters write commentary from their perspective.

Tasks:

  • Researching topics and contacting relevant sources.
  • Conducting interviews and writing articles about religious sisters.
  • Generating new stories, article ideas and pitches to editors.
  • Obtaining relevant photos, videos or graphics.
  • Conducting research, consulting experts for background, developing a network of sources and contacts.
  • Conducting interviews in French, English and Polish
    Translating interviews from French to English and from Polish to English

    Skills:
  • Strong writing skills and knowledge of journalistic style and ethics.
  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated with proven ability to meet deadlines as assigned.
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Catholic Church.
  • Professional photography and photo editing skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace and web-based applications.

Guest writer
Dec 2023 - Present The Catholic Register

The Catholic Register is a Canadian weekly newspaper published by the Archdiocese of Toronto. Founded in 1893, it is the oldest English-language Catholic publication in Canada. Based in Toronto, Ontario, and circulated nationally, it is published weekly in tabloid format, with 47 issues per year.

The Catholic Register is the largest national Catholic weekly newspaper in Canada, delivering to more than 36,000 homes, churches and institutions. Since 1893, it has been an award-winning leader in news reporting and opinion, addressing issues of social justice and faith from a Catholic perspective.

Tasks:

  • Guest Appearances for The Catholic Register.
  • Attending Montreal Catholic events and reporting on them.
  • Researching topics and contacting relevant sources.
  • Conducting interviews in French and English.
  • Generating new stories, article ideas, and pitches to the editor.
  • Obtaining relevant photos or capturing them.
  • Conducting research, consulting experts for background and developing a network of sources.
  • Translating interviews or quotes from French to English.

Skills:

  • Strong writing skills and knowledge of journalistic style and ethics.
  • Strong organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated with a proven ability to meet deadlines as assigned.
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Catholic Church.
  • Professional photography.
  • Proficient in Google Workspace.

Education

BA of Arts
McGill

Endorsements

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