As a longtime reporter and a writer, Karen Janigan has fantastic listening skills with the charm and empathy to put people at ease, as well as a set of skills for dealing with the media.
As a writer of television drama and animation, she knows how to crafts stories into messages with impact that entertain and inspire.
She's seen and done many things in many different settings -- from teaching adolescents to working to finance millions of High Definition equipment, which makes her an effective communicator with a large range of audiences.
She is an early adopter of technology -- from Atari and Apple IIc of the 1970's to mobile technology of today. She is comfortable learning new skills and applying them in the social media/digital landscape.
Risk-taker. Deep Thinker. Forthright. Loyal. Creative. Strategic. Smart-working.
Respect the aspirations and opinions of clients and colleagues.
Unleash creativity free of fear and convention.
Welcome criticism to grow and improve.
Bring value to each client.
Writing: Articles to Technical documents, Blogs to Proposals, Essays to Speeches and Scripts. Imaginative.
Editing: substantive, plain language. Natural .
Media Relations press releases, contacts and acting spokesperson. Authoritative
Coaching Business & Technical writing, Public Speaking, Customer Service, Media Relations, Crisis Communications. Confident.
Research Interviews, literature searches, Internet. Credible.
Photography Illustrative, Technical, Portrait. Evocative
Video and Audio newsletters, interviews, instructions, web. Effective.
Communications & Media Relations: Elections Canada, The IWK Health Centre Foundation, South Shore Health, Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU), Volvo Youth Sailing/ISAF World Championships
Training: The IWK Foundation, Partners Strategy Group, NSTU, Nova Scotia Community College
Writing, Editing, Research
Government & Not-for-Profit:: Elections Canada, IWK Child Protective Services, IWK Foundation, NSTU, Ontario's Ministries of Natural Resources & Community Services, Canadian Restaurant & Food Services Association
Corporate: Hyal Pharmaceuticals, TransCanada Pipeline, SONY USA, CIBC, The Reading Grounds, Bailly’s Fuels, The Teazer,
Arts: Flat Fifth, The Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ballet Creole, EuroArt Gallery
Media: The Chester Clipper, Maclean’s, The Sunday Daily News, CBC Morning News, Broadcast News, The Gazette, United Press Canada, The Halifax Herald
The Journal Pioneer ran this article April 13, 2011 slamming our client. After a phone call and an email, acting as the Regional Media Advisor for the Maritimes for Elections Canada, this editorial ran the next day.
On Maritime Noon CBC Radio One April 20, 2011 answering callers' questions about the Federal Election 2011. Starts after 15:30 Listen here
IWK Health Centre Foundations's Annual Report to Donors 2010. Chose the stories, arranged the photography, wrote and editted the copy. (See awards). See it here.
IWK Foundation Newsletter Fall/Winter 2010 & Spring/Summer 2011. Wrote copy, collaborated on story ideas, took most of the photographs.
The Teacher. Example Jan 2004. Managing editor: wrote all non-bylined copy and took photographs.
More samples available.
As managing editor of The Chester Clipper. Read samples here.
As a freelance writer for Maclean's Millenium Edition. Read samples here
As a columnist for the Sunday Daily News, Halifax. Read sample here.
As a reporter for The Gazette, Montreal. Read samples here.
Sorry to Leave
For the IWK Foundation
To show donors where the money goes. Case of the Donated Money: PICU
To promote video contest for Bust-a-Move. My Breasts' Friend
To complement media story. Anxiety
Behind the Scenes during Telethon 27. Rover Cam: Baby Dylan
Voice-over: QR Code
Canadian Public Relations Society Nova Scotia (CPRSNS) Jasper Award of Merit: External Publications for 2010 Annual Report to Donors, IWK Foundation, 2011. See report
CPRSNS Jasper Award of Merit: Electronic and Social Media, IWK Foundation, 2011.
Atlantic Community Newspaper Association, Best Local Editorial Award, 3rd place, 2008.
Golden Leaf Award New Media Publishing, Canadian Education Press Association (CEPA), 2004
Golden Leaf Award Writing/Editing, CEPA, 2004. See sample of The Teacher, NSTU Newspaper
The Doug Oxner Award for volunteer contribution, Lunenburg Yacht Club, 2004.
“We sincerely appreciate how you successfully communicated the agency’s messages while taking a proactive approach to managing local affairs. You provided the highest quality of service….” – Jane Dunlop, Director, External Relations, Elections Canada.
“Has a prodigious work ethic, is extremely bright and creative and is an expert in media relations. Karen’s strategic thinking and planning skills are also a major strength. Karen is a first-class communicator in both written and spoken words…[and] has wonderful people skills.” -- Robbie Shaw, President & CEO of the IWK Health Centre Foundation.
“Karen is a very bright, extremely witty, hard-working individual who writes with a colourful pen. -- Ron Whynacht, Chairman 2002 Volvo World Sailing Championships
“Intelligent. Experienced. Dependable. Solid news judgment. Excellent Writing ability.” -- John Valorzi, Halifax bureau chief, Canadian Press-Broadcast News.
As a former journalist, I always found Karen to be a colleague who strived to maintain the highest standards of our profession. … Her ability to adapt her skills to new working environments has proven to be one of her strongest assets. She is also an accomplished writer whose work has been well-regarded.” -- Jerry Bellikka, Senior Manager, Public Policy Communication, Capital Power Corporation
PO Box 256
Mahone Bay, NS