John Chidley A blog about reading, writing, pop culture and sports.


This is a brief overview of my career as a writer and journalist. If you'd like a copy of my full resume, or have any questions, please contact me at jhm [dot] chidley [dot] hill


  • 2009 – Centennial College, post-graduate diploma in sports journalism
  • 2007- 2008 –University of Toronto, studying for a Masters of Theological Studies.
  • June 2007 (graduated)- University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts, History and Canadian Studies


  • Strong computer literacy skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel etc.), Windows and Mac operating systems. Also familiar with publishing software, including In Design and Quark. Experienced with audio and video editing suites including SoundForge and Final Cut Pro.
  • Courses in sports communications, including interviewing, beat reporting, game reporting and the history of sport in Canada.

 Communications Experience

  • 2010 – Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame
    • Researcher/Writer
      • Researches and writes content for display in Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame’s new home at Calgary’s Olympic Park.
  • 2009 – current – the Canadian Press
    • Pagination
      • Lays out agate pages for newspapers, including the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator and Kitchener-Waterloo Record.
      • Hands on experience with Quark and Fetch FTP software.
    • Junior Hockey Editorial Assistant
      • Writes and edits game stories of the Canadian Hockey League for distribution across Canada and the United States.
      • Enters data into agate software for nationally syndicated box scores.
  • 2009 – CBC Sports online
    • Intern
      • Wrote two feature stories for 2010 Olympics website.
      • Created database of Olympic athlete contactsin preparation for extensive coverage by radio, television and online sports units.
      • Created network of bloggers for CBC Sports online.
  • 2009 –
    • Graphic Novels Reviewer
      • Writer of monthly 500-800 word articles on graphic novels and comic book culture
      • Attended FanExpo ’09 as an accredited member of the media, conducting interviews and writing several articles on the proceedings.
  • 2009 – Toronto Nationals Lacrosse Club
    • Media Relations Intern
      • Creating media guide for inaugural season of Toronto Nationals in Major League Lacrosse.
      • Contributing web content for
      • Responsible for game previews, reports, and other articles for wide release.
  • 2007 - ongoing - Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association
    • Director of Communications
      • Spearhead media relations and communications strategies including: press releases, public image management.
      • Involvement with the university lacrosse community in Ontario and Quebec.
      • Committee Lead for communications and PR committee
      • Involvement in event organization. For example, during 2008 Baggataway Cup championships I worked closely with Ed Comeau, former NLL Coach of the Year and assistant coach for Team Canada in the World Lacrosse Championships.
  • 2007 -
    • Freelance Writer
      •  Provided game results for Inside Lacrosse’s ongoing coverage of the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association.
      • Interviewed coaches, players, and front office staff for feature articles on the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association.
      • Worked with and coordinated a photograph to incorporate visual elements to articles.
  • 2004 - 2008 - University of Toronto Varsity Men’s Field Lacrosse
    • Manager/Assistant Coach
      • Aided Head Coach in several tasks including attending league meetings, running practices, and organizing road trips.
      • Supervised student trainers and other assisting staff during practices and games.
      • Organized game setup and takedown.
      • Worked in a strongly team oriented environment.
  • 2004 – 2009 - Richard O’Hagan Associates 
    • Editor, Researcher, Personal Aide
      • Personal aide to former Press Secretary of Prime Minister of Canada.
      • Researching and editing a lengthy personal memoir.
      • Administered the organization of a busy home office.