Don Duncan
+ 353 89 4563949
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 twenty 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) and French, proficient in Irish; lower intermediate level in Arabic (Classical and Levantine)
 
COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING AND CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

BBC Media Action, London (UK)
Media consultant, trainer and project manager
(09/2014 - Present)
·     Work on a wide range of contracts pertaining to specific training modules; syllabi drafting; programme design; and project management in countries across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Specialties include: emergency response (natural disaster, conflict, post-conflict, public health crises/epidemics); media training in radio, TV and multimedia; social media journalism and strategy; and Training of Trainers (ToT) 
·     Deployments include: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Benin, Gambia, Mali, Myanmar, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia and Zambia

Choson Exchange (Singapore) and Pyongyang (North Korea)
Business communications trainer (05/2018 – Present)  
·     Provide trainings on various aspects of business communications to entrepreneurs in Pyongyang, North Korea. Choson Exchange works to build the skills and ultimately grow the businesses of hundreds of men and women selected by the North Korean government

Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), London (UK)
Project leader/trainer consultancies (10/2010 – 11/2012) 
·     Delivered a series of courses aimed at enabling Mauritanian journalists to better cover the political sphere
·     Designed and delivered a series of trainings to eight newsrooms across Tunisia within weeks of the fall of Ben    Ali. The trainings focussed on creating stories across multiple platforms
·     Designed and delivered a comprehensive syllabus on multimedia reporting for young Syrian journalists working undercover in pre-war, Assad-era Syria

Daniel Pearl Reporting Project, New York (USA)
Syllabus consultant/tutor (2007 – 2008)                 
·     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, Africa and Asia
·     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
·     Report in the Irish language in addition to English-language reporting
·     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)
 
FILMMAKING AND DOCUMENTARY EXPERIENCE
 
Film director, producer, screenwriter and editor (05/2006 – Present)  
·     Wrote, directed, produced and edited three short films, one shot in Paris (2006), one shot in Beirut (2011) and one shot in Brussels (“A Sign,” 2012)
·     “A Sign,” a French-language short fiction film, has screened at over 30 festivals worldwide and received eight prizes. Broadcast nationally on Irish television (RTE) in September 2016
 
Documentary maker (05/2009 – Present)  
2012:    “Democracy Derailed: Egypt's Unravelled Revolution,” a video documentary for the The Wall Street Journal
2008:     “A Journey Home: Afghanistan through the eyes of a returning refugee,” a documentary for The New York Times and AFPTV 
2008:     “A Refuge in Ruins: Returning to Nahr al Bared,” a radio documentary on the politics of reconstruction surrounding a Palestinian refugee camp destroyed in a conflict with the Lebanese state
 
OTHER ACTIVITIES
 
Beirut Irish Film Festival, Beirut (Lebanon), 2012
Director/curator
·       Directed and curated a five-day festival showcasing 15 Irish feature films and over 20 Irish short films whose themes carried relevance to the Lebanese social context
·       First Irish film festival in Lebanon       

Æ Magazine, Paris (France), (2005 – 2006)           
Founder and editor
·       Independent magazine dedicated to emerging talent in the arts    
·       Founded and edited this global, quarterly magazine showcasing work from emerging artists, designers and writers around the world. Distributed to specialised stores in over twenty countries
 
EDUCATION
 
2012 – 2014         INSAS [National Film School of Belgium] – Brussels (Belgium)
MA in Filmmaking (specialisation: directing, screenwriting, producing)

2007 – 2008         Columbia University – New York (USA)
MA in Journalism and Politics (specialisation: Middle East politics)     
Awards: Bollinger Presidential Fellow, Arthur Harris Award for best thesis, Einhorn Family Trust research fund

2006 – 2007         Columbia University – New York (USA)
MS in Broadcast Journalism (specialisation: radio, TV and multimedia)
Award: Henry N. Taylor Scholarship (2006/07)

1998 – 2002         Trinity College Dublin – Dublin (Ireland)
BA in English Literature
Included one year of Erasmus exchange to Université de Paris VII, France

Summer 2012       Middlebury College – Vermont (USA)
Intensive residential course in classical Arabic  
Award: Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace
 
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