Melanie Collison

writer, editor, photographer


As a contractor or freelancer, a sampling of my clients  (1996-2015)           

Oilsands Review – senior writer (oilsands technologies & innovation, supply chain evolution, business leaders’ profiles, oilsands project profiles, pipelines, LNG, environmental impacts & improvements, regulations & policy, and more)

Edmonton Journal – special sections writer, producing a major portion of each section on planning for the end of life, oil & gas, food & agriculture, health & wellness, and more                                      

Oilweek – new technologies and environment writer

TIME Canada – Alberta correspondent

Calgary Police Service – speechwriter

City of Calgary aldermen – speechwriter

Mount Royal College Foundation – wrote contributors’ profiles for fundraising newsletter

Athabasca University  – wrote for internal newsletter and edited others’ contributions

Calgary Health Region – wrote for Apple magazine

Suncor Energy Ltd. – wrote for internal newsletter

CAPP – Context contributor

ChevronTexaco – wrote for internal newsletter

NOVA Corp. – wrote for internal newsletter

Octane – reporter and photographer

Summit – columnist

Alberta Venture – reporter

Alberta Construction – reporter

Business in Calgary – reporter

United Way of Calgary & Area – produced promotional materials for the annual fundraising campaign

World Petroleum Congress – managing editor of the daily newsletter

High River Highland Games – writer, editor, magazine layout editor

TransCanada PipeLines – wrote for the internal newsletter

Calgary Board of Education – created an internal newsletter for the chief superintendent; reported on and photographed school events and board news, designed and edited the newsletter

As an employee  (1976 – 1995)

The Calgary Herald – In my final position there before I left to freelance, I wrote a consumer finance column and covered retail, construction and tourism, and I edited the weekend sections. Prior to my time in the business department, I held these positions, most recent to earliest:

Systems Editor – chose a computer system and page makeup software for the newsroom to replace a proprietary system, and trained all of the copy editors to use Macs.
Makeup Editor – shepherded priority pages through production on behalf of the newsroom.

Op-Ed Page Editor – chose commentary and opinion content; worked with reporters and columnists to generate local commentary and opinion pieces; designed and edited the op-ed page and edited editorials and columns.

Copy editor of lead pages in primary sections throughout the newspaper – Page 1, City, Business – after developing expertise as a general assignment copy editor.

The Winnipeg Tribune – general news copy editor, then Life/Entertainment section copy editor

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