Elizabeth Whitten, B.A., M.A.

Journalist experience

Downhome Magazine

Assistant editor

June, 2015-present

Chronicle Herald


April-May, 2015

The Telegram


December 2015


University of King’s College

One-year Bachelor of Journalism


Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary

Canadian Military Journalism Course

May 2015

Memorial University of Newfoundland

English Cultural Landscape Programme, 2013

Masters of Arts in Anthropology 2011-2012

Thesis Topic: I researched the treatment of the South African runner Caster Semenya, who was accused in 2009 of not being biologically female enough to compete as a woman. She was accused of having an unfair advantage in competition. My paper also examined the historical use of sex testing of female athletes.

Bachelor of Arts 2007-2011

Major: double in Anthropology and Sociology

Minor: German Studies

Certificate in Criminology 2007-2013

Memorial University of Newfoundland

den Internationaler Ferienkurs für deutsche Sprache und Kultur August 2008

Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

  • International Summer School for German Language and Culture, Level 2


Whitten, Elizabeth (2013, April) Here Comes the Gender Police: Caster Semenya and the Medicalization of Female Athletes. Lecture presented at the Aldrich Conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.

Computer and Research Skills

  • Data collection in the techniques of in-depth interviews and survey research.
  • SPSS
  • Social media (twitter, facebook, etc.)
  • Create surveys, collect the data and evaluation research techniques.
  • Fieldwork experience as a part of Master’s Anthropology program as a part of my anthropology program, I have fieldwork experience at the Masters level.
  • Adobe Premier Pro
  • iMovie

Language Skills

  • Fluent in English
  • Beginner French
  • Intermediate German

Honours and Awards:


37th IRMA Conference, History Feature-Merit, October 2017

Graduate Awards

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Master’s Scholarship

  • $17,500 to help finance my Masters school by the federal government of Canada. Awarded based on grades, letters of recommendation by two professors, and a written proposal on my area of study.

Dean’s Excellence Award 2011

  • $3000 value for Masters students attending Memorial University.

Undergraduate Awards

Audrey Stevenson Memorial Scholarship 2014

  • Entrance scholarship for female students entering the one-year Bachelor of Journalism program.

Michael Staveley Award 2012

  • Awarded for students who are have been on the Art’s Dean List for the complete duration of their studies at Memorial University.

University Medal for Academic Excellence in Anthropology 2012

  • Given to graduating Bachelor students on the recommendation by the Department Head of their faculty.

Faculty of Arts Dean’s List 2007-2011

  • This award is given in October for the previous year, on the basis that the recipient maintained a GPA of a minimum 3.5.

The John M. & Elsa S. Morgan Scholarship 2010-2011

  • $1000 in value, on departmental recommendation, and excellent grades.

Scotiabank Bursary for International Study Scholarship 2008-2009

  • $600 in value, for students participating in one of the overseas Field Schools or study abroad opportunities Memorial University offers. It is awarded based on excellent grades.

Memorial University of Newfoundland Endowment Fund Scholarship 2007-2008

  • $1000 awarded for high school students who graduate with an average above 85% who are entering Memorial University the following year.

Volunteer Experience

The Royal St. John’s Regatta August 6 2014

  • Used program Xpression to include graphics during live broadcast by Rogers Cable TV of the 196th annual Royal St. John’s Regatta.

Rogers TV September 2013 – August 2014

  • Using the teleprompter and camera to film television program Out of the Fog.
  • Participated in workshop on using audio equipment in studios and the use of the program Xpression for inserting graphics into television programs.

The Baccalieu Trail Heritage Corporation March 3 2014

  • Registration and greeting attendees of conference
  • Acted as moderator for group forum on discussing how to promote local heritage
  • Transcribed discussion

Intangible Cultural Heritage December 13 2013

  • Helped set up equipment for the winter forum for Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Mummers Festival December 14 2013

  • Served food and drink at the Scuff ‘n’ Scoff event hosted at The Rooms.

George Street United Soup Kitchen September – October 2013

  • Aid in food preparation and serving.

Women’s Resource Centre Fall 2012-Winter 2013

  • Informed of current and past campaigns for supporting equality on Memorial campus.
  • Trained to direct students to relevant services.
  • Aware of resources centre offers, such as free condoms, lubricant, pads, and tampons.
  • In charge of organizing the WRC Halloween Coffee House.
  • Co-organizer for the 2013 Vagina Monologues.
  • Presented a demonstration to students at Bishops College on feminism.

MUN Food Bank December 10 2012

  • Helped organized food donations.

December 6th Vigil December 6 2012

  • Worked with the media branch for organizing the Vigil, held to remember the victims of the École Polytechnique massacre.
  • Told members of the media where to set up equipment and directed them to spokespeople for event.

Take Back the Night September 21, 2012

  • Participated in an international annual walk that brings awareness to violence against women.

Oxfam January – April 2011

  • Participated in an internship with Oxfam in the Winter semester of 2011 as a part of Sociology 4100, which required a total of 48 hours of worksite activities.
  • Course was to give students a first-hand experience in how non-government organizations operated.
  • Answered the phone, picked up the mail, became familiar with Oxfam’s history and their current projects, and performed research along with written reports relating to those projects.

Trick-or-Eats October 2009

  • On Halloween, walked through several neighbourhood and collected non-perishable food items.

CIBC Run for the Cure September 2009

  • Collected monetary donations for cancer research.

Conversation Partner Winter 2008

Memorial University’s ESL program

  • Helped foreign students at Memorial University with their English comprehension.

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