Bay Street. Monday, March 9, 2015 (Steven Goetz/STEVEN GOETZ STORYTELLING)

Bay Street embrace. Monday, March 9, 2015.

Steven Goetz is a freelance reporter and photographer based in Toronto.

His work has appeared in the pages of the Toronto Sun, Hanover Post, Shoreline Beacon, Wiarton Echo, Lucknow Sentinel, The EyeOpener and many others. He is a former news editor at The Ryersonian — the print, online and broadcast news operation run by students in Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. He was a reporting intern at Metro Toronto, the city’s largest free daily, where he covered front-page news.

Twice he has worked as a reporter for The Kincardine News — the 159-year-old weekly in his hometown — where he also regularly contributed stories and photos to the Owen Sound Sun Times and many other Sun Media (now Postmedia) publications.

Steve is always looking for new and challenging assignments and stories to tell.

Skills

Writing

  • Trained in Canadian Press style.

  • Can adapt writing to suit audience and publication standards.

  • Works effectively under deadline.

  • Able to synthesize and organize complex subject matter into well-written news stories.

Tech

Advanced technical experience working with:

  • Cameras of all type and style.

  • Videography, video editing.

  • A wide array of multimedia software including the Adobe suite of programs.

  • Web design (HTML, PHP, CSS).

  • Managing social media.

  • Online content management systems.

Work Experience

Reporting Intern, September 2015 – October 2015, Metro Toronto, TorStar — www.metronews.ca

General assignment reporter and photographer at Toronto’s largest free daily:

  • Pitched stories at morning meetings and turned over copy for daily print deadline.

  • Provided photography support to team of reporters, and trusted to cover all types of assignments including an interview with then prime minister Stephen Harper destined for the front page.

  • First Metro Toronto intern to write and shoot front page stories.

Story and pictures: "Students living in lack of luxury," Metro Toronto, front cover, Sept. 23, 2015.

Story and pictures: “Students living in lack of luxury,” Metro Toronto, front cover, Sept. 23, 2015.

WORK EXAMPLES:
If you think you’ll get rich driving UberX in Toronto, think again | PUBLISHED: Metro Toronto, Sept. 16, 2015

Fans celebrate after the Toronto Blue Jays win Game 5 of the American League Division Series over the Texas Rangers at the Rogers Centre, Toronto, Oct. 14, 2015. (Steven Goetz/FOR METRO)

Fans celebrate after the Toronto Blue Jays win Game 5 of the American League Division Series over the Texas Rangers at the Rogers Centre, Toronto, Oct. 14, 2015. (Steven Goetz/FOR METRO)

Bloor-Ossington rallying against new homeless shelter | PUBLISHED: Metro Toronto, Oct. 16, 2015
Somali refugees face the same plight as Syrians, says Toronto group | PUBLISHED: Metro Toronto, Sept. 13, 2015
Students who couldn’t move into Toronto residence get rebate | PUBLISHED: Metro Toronto, Oct. 1, 2015

Reporter, June-September 2015, September 2013-June 2014, The Kincardine News, Sun Media (now part of Postmedia) — www.kincardinenews.com

A serious head-on-collision between a car and SUV occurred on Lake Range Drive just south of Boardwalk Street in the Township of Huron Kinloss sometime before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. PICTURED: First responders work to extricate the driver of a grey Chevy Impala before airlifting him to Victoria Hospital in London, Ont. (STEVEN GOETZ/FOR THE KINCARDINE NEWS)

A serious head-on-collision between a car and SUV occurred on Lake Range Drive just south of Boardwalk Street in the Township of Huron Kinloss sometime before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015. PICTURED: First responders work to extricate the driver of a grey Chevy Impala before airlifting him to Victoria Hospital in London, Ont. (STEVEN GOETZ/FOR THE KINCARDINE NEWS)

General assignment reporter at Sun Media’s community weekly in Kincardine, Ont.

  • Covered a broad range of stories, from the controversy surrounding municipal politicians’ decision to sell the local telecom, to the trials and triumphs of the local softball team; from the menace of a hungry and mangy coyote on the town’s pet population, to a series of highway accidents marking an unusually dangerous week on local roads.

  • Trusted by regional editors at the Owen Sound Sun Times to cover breaking news for deadline, with stories often published on the front page. Some of that reporting was carried regionally and nationally.

  • Also responsible for updating the paper’s website and social media daily, laying out the paper each week and serving as photographer.

WORK EXAMPLES:
MICHIGAN POLITICIANS OUTLINE HOST OF CONCERNS ABOUT DGR | PUBLISHED: The Kincardine News, Sept. 30, 2013

Owen Sound Sun Times, front cover, Tuesday, June 26, 2015.

“Michigan military shakes our shore,” Owen Sound Sun Times, front page, Tuesday, June 26, 2015.

MILITARY EXERCISES IN MICHIGAN CAUSE TREMORS FELT FROM TOBERMORY TO KINCARDINE | PUBLISHED: Owen Sound Sun Times, Front Page, June 26, 2015
RIPLEY VETERAN MODEST ABOUT WARTIME SERVICE | PUBLISHED: The Kincardine News, Nov. 5, 2013
IS KINCARDINE’S STATION BEACH THE GREAT LAKES’ ‘SURF CITY’? | PUBLISHED: The Kincardine News, March 10, 2014

Education

Bachelor of Journalism (expected 2016), Ryerson University School of Journalism — rsj.journalism.ryerson.ca

  • Winner of the 2011 Thomson Reuters Award for most promising reporter, as chosen by faculty.

WORK EXAMPLES:
TORONTO BINGO HALL DOWN ON ITS LUCK | PUBLISHED: Ryerson University School of Journalism course work, Nov. 26, 2012
DRUNKEN MASTERS: TORONTO’S CRAFT BEER REVOLUTIONARIES | PUBLISHED: Ryerson University School of Journalism course work, April 15, 2013 | NOTE: Includes a video produced to accompany story.

News Editor, Fall 2015, The Ryersonian, Ryerson University School of Journalism –
www.ryersonian.ca

Oversaw news coverage for broadcast, online and print news products:

  • Worked with team of reporters to generate story ideas, develop beats and assignments.

  • Supervised the work of reporters to meet deadline and the newsroom’s high standards.

  • Laid out the news section of the weekly print edition.

  • Participated in news broadcasts and appeared on camera to discuss stories (more often than not as the resident weatherman).

Story and page layout: "'Leave something so strong, it can only get better,'" The Ryersonian, pages 6 and 7, Nov. 25, 2015.

Story and page layout: “‘Leave something so strong, it can only get better,'” The Ryersonian, pages 6 and 7, Nov. 25, 2015.

WORK EXAMPLES
(as editor)
RSU budget documents reveal massive deficits in last two years | PUBLISHED: The Ryersonian, Nov. 11, 2015
Need to buy a tampon on campus? Good luck with that | PUBLISHED: The Ryersonian, Oct. 30, 2015
Hate graffiti found on campus | PUBLISHED: The Ryersonian, Oct. 21, 2015
Ryerson students, instructor in France safe after Paris attacks | PUBLISHED: The Ryersonian, Nov. 18, 2015
RSU rejects men’s issues group application | PUBLISHED: The Ryersonian, Oct. 29, 2015
No end in sight of RSU-CESAR feud | PUBLISHED: The Ryersonian, Nov. 4, 2015
(as writer)
Sheldon Levy era comes to an end | PUBLISHED: The Ryersonian, Nov. 25, 2015
Lachemi backs proposed Ryerson law school | PUBLISHED: The Ryersonian, Dec. 1, 2015
RSU asks students to stand in solidarity against hate on campus | PUBLISHED: The Ryersonian, Oct. 23, 2015