My name is Sienna Vittoria Lee-Coughlin, and I am a professional freelance writer, editor, and researcher with a knack for crafting compelling copy, spotting grammatical errors, and promoting content through the effective use of various social media platforms. In 2016/17, I was honoured to receive the Women in Communications Award from Toronto’s prestigious public relations firm FAULHABER in recognition of my skills, experience, and potential.
Recently, I am dove back in time (figuratively speaking) to pursue a masters degree in women’s history at the University of Toronto. I graduated with my MA in 2018. My main focus was on the intersections of gender and religion in early modern England, with detours into the history of convents and women’s education in nineteenth-century Ontario. My dream is to tell women’s stories — both past and present — by combining my skills and experience in journalism and history. Since then, I have been working for the university, assisting with academic research as an editorial assistant to Professor Nicholas Terpstra, a scholar of social and religious history during the Renaissance and Reformation.
As a freelance writer and editor, I have contributed to print magazines such as Festival Style, the lifestyle publication released for the annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and popular sites for millennials like 29secrets.com. While working as a staff writer at S/ magazine (Contempo Media), a luxury lifestyle publication based in Toronto, I wrote original content for the print edition, assisted in the intensive substantive-editing and copy-editing process, and elevated its digital presence by contributing weekly online articles and engaging with new and existing followers on social media. To further polish my social media skills and to stay up-to-date on the evolving online landscape, I am currently working towards completing a certificate in social media marketing at George Brown College’s School of Continuing Education.
In 2017, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto. While studying at Ryerson’s School of Journalism, I had the opportunity to learn from industry leaders in news, publishing, and communications strategy. Courses in reporting, feature writing, editing, fact-checking, and branding taught me valuable skills that I have employed in various work experiences. Before moving to Toronto, I attended Canterbury High School in Ottawa, an arts-focussed high school that allowed me to develop my visual skills in traditional media such as painting and sculpture, but also in new media, such as photography and graphic design.