Reporter is longtime Minden cottager
By Olivia Robinson
Published May 17, 2018
My parents fell in love with the Haliburton Highlands over 30 years ago when they bought a cottage in Minden. Since then, I’ve been extremely lucky to spend most summers dockside and I jump at any chance to duck up to the cottage. And now, I’m grateful to be reporting for the Minden Times and Haliburton Echo until the end of June.
A little bit about me: I graduated from Queen’s University with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2012, I travelled across the pond for a Master of Arts degree in Writing for Children at the University of Winchester. My thesis tackled the challenges of writing Canadian historical fiction for middle-grade audiences.
Then, after four years of working in the book publishing industry, I found myself craving new challenges and pivoted to a career in journalism. This September, I’ll start my second and final year of the Master of Journalism degree program at Carleton University. I have a penchant for reporting and writing on social issues affecting children, feminism, municipal politics and public libraries – the last of these topics is the focus of my master’s research project. In July, I’ll be heading up to the Yukon for one month to take a course about reporting on Indigenous peoples and reconciliation in Canada.
I’m thrilled to be working with Echo and Times team again and to reacquaint myself with the community here in the Haliburton Highlands. Feel free to contact me with stories ideas or to just say hello! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @olivianne.