Simon Arseneau has been travelling around the world since he was two years old. Although he was born in a small Canadian town, he spent his teenage years in Chile and Peru. There he learned how to speak Spanish and how to adapt to a new culture, which would serve him well in his future career as a multimedia journalist.
In 2006 he studied English and Intercultural Studies (translation, editing, and literature) at the University of Sherbrooke, and attended a film club every Friday. In 2010 he enrolled at the Sheridan Institute (Oakville, Ontario) in Journalism- New Media where he learned how to operate cameras, perform interviews, edit material with Final Cut Pro, take digital photographs, use new media technology, and write for the web and print. During the last semester he worked as an assistant director for the program’s weekly 15-minute news show Live@5.
In July 2011 he participated in the ieiMedia program in Perpignan, France, where he wrote a feature story about blacksmiths working in the region. The following year he interned for three months at Radio R2R, a campus radio station in Rouen, France. While there he conducted, recorded, and edited interviews with individuals such as the city mayor, the French Foreign Minister, and the President of the Haute-Normandie region.
In October 2012 he obtained his first job as a multimedia journalist working for the Fairview Post in Fairview, Alberta, where he covered community news for print and for the newspaper’s website, shot still photos (using a Canon EOS) and formated articles for the newspaper using InDesign.
Feeling the need to move to a bigger market, he moved to the city of Lloydminster, located on the Alberta/Saskatchewan border, in February of 2013. While working for the Meridian Booster he continued to gain experience covering community news while specializing in the Arts & Culture, Education, and Health news beats.