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Matthew Shepherd

Matthew Shepherd has over a dozen years' experience in radio training, journalism and management.

From a background in radio and community journalsim, he became the first full-time Station Manager of the fledgeling CJMQ 88.9 FM, a campus/community radio station serving the Anglophones of Lennoxville, one of the greatest concentrations of minority-language residents in Quebec outside Montreal. In that capacity, he was responsible for establishing the station from scratch, creating an advertising structure, program schedule, community outreach program, and legal structure for the station.

Following this, he continued his work with the station as an advisor and trainer, consulting on legal issues as the President of their Board of Directors and training the bulk of the on-air staff. He also served as a consultant for another community station in its planning stages, helping draft a constitution and advising on legal issues for a future radio project in the Brome-Mississquoi region.

He has worked for the CBC as both a local and regional reporter, with training in CBC broadcasting, journalism and technical standards augmenting his considerable background.

Since he began to work with RTS in 2003, Mr. Shepherd has held a number of successful training sessions in northern Quebec. He has trained members of the James Bay Cree Communications Society network in advertising structures and techniques, promotions, public relations, field recording, and digital audio and editing in community radio, with participants from Cree communities including Mistissini, Chisasibi, Waskaganish, Wemindji, Eastmain, Nemaska, Ouje-Bougamou and Whapmagoostui.