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Portrait of Don Wilcox, Ottawa-based writer and editorWhy hire Don Wilcox?

  • Exceptional and diverse writing/content creation and editing skills honed over three decades as a journalist, editor and online editor. Some links are included (below), but for more examples, visit my Author Page at Ottawasun.com
  • Deep knowledge of both digital and print communications strategies
  • Hands-on with social media for content, marketing, brand promotion and trends
  • Course creation and presentation skills honed in diverse settings; from college classes to seminars and for journalists and editors, to clinics for football officials
  • Project, campaign and change management experience, from promotions and marketing to website migration and reorganizing staff work flows
  • Extensive peer and client relationship-building experience in fast-paced environments
  • Strong self-motivation, “editor’s eye” for detail, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines

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Download in MS Word: Resume Work Experience of Don Wilcox

Writing / Editing Social Media Digital Multimedia
Multi-Tasking Working to Deadlines Content Management
Photography / Video Attention to Detail Marketing / Promotions
Layout and Design Teaching / Mentoring Functionally Bilingual
Content Analytics Aggressive Self-Starter Customer Service

Employment Experience

Ottawasun.com – Ottawa, Ontario      06/2005 to 01/2016

Senior Online Editor

  • Managed all editorial aspects of Ottawasun.com (homepages, content creation, etc)
  • Championed early adoption of social media, taught newsroom skills and best practices
  • As part of a small team of senior editors, helped guide Sun journalists to seven 2015 Ontario News Award nominations, despite severe staff cutbacks
  • Implemented and taught real-time, live blog reporting skills via ScribbleLive and Storify
  • Enhanced reader engagement via forums, surveys, polls, chats, e-blasts etc.
  • Teamed with promotions, advertising staff on cross-platform, multimedia campaigns
  • Experience with: Multiple CMS, WordPress, Documentum, InDesign/InCopy, Jazbox, Chartbeat, Google Analytics, Disqus, MS Office, Photoshop, Brightcove, Final Cut Pro …            

Algonquin College – Ottawa, Ontario     09/2008 to 05/2015

Professor, Part-time

  • Created, taught and continually updated three courses in post-grad programs: Writing for the Web, New Media & Social Media, Writing for Mobile Devices
  • Instructed courses via a unique pilot project which accommodated synchronous and asynchronous students, able to attend in-class or via remote log-in
  • Regularly utilized instructional programs such as Blackboard and Canvas

Ottawa Sun – Ottawa, Ontario     10/2001 to 06/2005

Page One and Slot Editor

  • Supervised and directed editors and news staff in story selection and creation
  • Designed and laid out Page One; determined story lineup for the newspaper, managed page design and layout, copy editing, photo selection and editing, graphics creation

FYIOttawa.com – Ottawa, Ontario     05/2000 to 09/2001

Director of Web Operations

  • Managed creation of entertainment, shopping, services and leisure content for a dynamic “city site” of directories and information (part of Sun Media/CANOE network)

Previous Experience:

Ottawa Sun, Asst. Sports Editor

  • Helped lead all aspects of the Sun’s award-winning, 12-member Sports Department

Barrie Examiner – Barrie, Ontario

  • Rose from Sports Writer to Sports Editor and then City Editor.

Honours & Awards

  • Two-time Ottawa Sun “Editor of the Year”
  • Ontario News Award Finalist: Breaking News (Bus/train Crash 2013, Wilno Murders 2015)
  • Ontario News Award for Layout Excellence for the Ottawa Sun in 2004 (team award)
  • Western Ontario News Award recipient for Spot News with the Barrie Examiner
  • Thomson International Award of Excellence for feature writing with Barrie Examiner


  • Ontario Secondary Schools Graduation Diploma. Honours Student. (Was hired as a full-time journalist immediately after graduation, so I did not attend university)


  • Level IV CFOA Football Official. Former Eastern Ontario Training Officer. Level III Course Conductor, Evaluator. Have worked numerous national, Quebec, Ontario championships.
  • Former minor baseball and hockey coach, each for approximately 10 years
  • Active Member Outdoor Writers of Canada
  • Founding member Kayak Anglers Association of the Outaouais

Recent Samples


I will be happy to supply references upon request.

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