Jessica Botelho-Urbanski


Email –
Twitter + Instagram – @_jessbu
Phone – 204-918-7333


  • I’m a multimedia journalist from Winnipeg interested in social justice issues and arts reporting.
  • I enjoy shooting videos, taking photos, filing ATIPs and using data tools and maps to complement my stories.
  • I have a degree in rhetoric, writing and communications from the University of Winnipeg, a diploma in communications from Red River College and about six years experience working in the media in Winnipeg and Toronto.
  • My freelance work has been published by The Globe and Mail, Grazia UK, J-Source, CBC, Metro News Canada and the Winnipeg Free Press.


Reporter – Winnipeg Free Press

December 2017-present

As a general assignment reporter, I’ve covered everything from city hall to courts, crime and provincial politics during my first three months on the job. My favourite projects are long-form features, focusing on social justice issues, aspects of history and human interest stories that are overlooked.

Reporter/photographer – Metro Winnipeg 

October 2016-June 2017

As a full-time freelance reporter with Metro, I pitched and wrote two to four stories daily and often took photos. I covered breaking news and features via social media and in Metro’s online and print editions. My main focuses were covering the arts and diversity, including Indigenous, newcomer, LGBTQ and accessibility issues.

Summer reporter – Toronto Star

June-August 2016

I interned for Canada’s largest daily in the city department. I pitched story ideas, completed assignments, wrote web hits, covered events on social media and took pictures for the paper, online and tablet editions as needed. Highlights of the experience included an A1 exclusive about a family who let their children decide their gender identities from birth and an investigation into landlord and tenant practises in Kensington Market.

Associate producer, syndication – CBC Radio

January-May 2016

Our Winnipeg bureau of three producers conferenced daily with the national syndication team in Toronto to discuss programming ideas for the morning and afternoon radio shows. I was responsible for choosing songs for shows across Canada; reviewing pitches; editing columnists’ scripts and audio work; writing scripts promoting upcoming CBC shows; and editing and recording a weekly comedy podcast. When time permitted, I’d also go out in the field to do streeters on news of the day.

News editor – The Uniter

September-December 2015

I worked closely with two staff reporters and a rotation of volunteers to fill the downtown paper’s news section with six to eight stories per week. I often wrote for the paper as well. My favourite story involved interviewing all the politicians running in the federal election riding of Winnipeg Centre and getting them to compliment one another.

Reporter/photographer/videographer – Winnipeg Free Press

September 2014-August 2015

I interned four times at the Free Press, Manitoba’s daily newspaper of record, reporting to the city news and multimedia desks for more than 30 weeks combined. While in school, I also freelanced for the paper covering weekend staff shifts and writing book reviews. My tasks included pitching story ideas; covering local events and breaking news on social media, on the Free Press website and in the newspaper; working independently while also communicating closely with a team of editors and other reporters; and writing fair and accurate reviews of events like the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and Folklorama. Highlights of my experience included a successful FOI request that revealed how many assaults bus drivers experienced and a helicopter tour of four Manitoba First Nations.

Arts editor – OutWords Magazine

November 2013-March 2015

I freelanced for OutWords for eight months before accepting a part-time editing position. OutWords was Winnipeg’s LGBTQ monthly magazine for decades and has closed down in the years since my departure. I pitched story ideas for print and online editions; wrote stories; edited articles submitted by arts contributors; and proofread entire issues with the editorial team.

Intern reporter – CTV Winnipeg

December 2014

I did a three-week work placement at CTV as part of my school curriculum. I worked morning, daytime and weekend shifts, shadowing reporters in the field. I practised pitching and chasing stories for television, writing scripts and converting them into web stories.

Intern editor-in-chief/reporter/photographer – The Projector

October 2013-April 2014

I contributed articles and photos to Red River College’s bi-weekly student newspaper for the news and sports sections. Story highlights included a feature on alcoholism rates among young adults and another about students’ growing reliance on food banks. I also interned as editor-in-chief for four weeks. As editor, I recruited contributors, oversaw staff, ensured deadlines were met, copy edited and helped with the paper’s layout and advertising placement.

Arts reporter/photographer – The Uniter

October 2011-April 2013

I pitched and wrote two 500-word stories per issue for the downtown weekly and often took photos to accompany my stories. Job highlights included interviewing touring and local musicians (Delhi 2 Dublin, Zrada, KEN Mode), visual artists (Jeff Funnell), comedians (Chantel Marostica) and others in the creative community (George Stroumboulopoulos). I also wrote columns and reviewed albums, shows and trends. I volunteered at The Uniter for one year before being offered a paid position.


University of Winnipeg – Rhetoric, Writing and Communications

September 2011-June 2016

I completed a joint communications program between the University of Winnipeg and Red River College, which meant obtaining a diploma and degree in communications from both schools. My studies at the U of W focused on politics, Indigenous issues and history.

Red River College – Creative Communications

September 2013-June 2015

I graduated from Creative Communications as a journalism major and also studied advertising, public relations and media production for television and radio. I honed my photography and videography skills while in school and feel comfortable in front of and behind the lens. I’ve also taken various design and computer courses, which helped me learn the basics of HTML, CSS and Google data tools and analytics. Blogging and using social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Reddit — were integral to my coursework.


• Working knowledge of Canadian Press Style; Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Premiere; Microsoft Office; WordPress; Tweetdeck; Polopoly; Dalet; CQ5.

• Able to multitask and work quickly and efficiently under deadlines.

• Works well independently and within a team.

• Valid driver’s license and passport.

• References available upon request.

Updated February 2018