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Meet Kathryne Grisim, Journalist & Media Consultant

December 1, 2015
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“Joining Media Kitty meant I got to go on a fabulous fam trip pretty quickly”

Are you a long time user of Media Kitty or a recent member?

A relatively recent early 2015 member.

How have you benefited from being a Media Kitty member?

Joining Media Kitty meant I got to go on a fabulous fam trip pretty quickly. I met fellow Canadian travel writers and a couple of terrific American ones while on the ‘Montreal- A Festival a Day’ fam tour, presented by Media Kitty. A number of my feature articles on travel and food from the trip appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press and its associate papers, on my site Foodmusings.ca, and in Hub magazine, the official magazine of Winnipeg International Airport.

What is involved in your job day to day?

Media consultation for a variety of clients, instructing hospitality students, food styling, writing.

What challenges do you face in your role?

Remembering where I left my cell phone (and car keys and coffee mug and purse and briefcase…)

What’s the most fun part of your job?

Meeting new people at public events.

What’s an interesting or exciting experience you got to have as a result of your job?

Attending Disney University, going on a Caribbean cruise for a company Christmas party and teaching in the north.

What makes you good at what you do?

I am a constant learner. I have a well-balanced brain i.e. mathematical and creative. I sincerely love people, even strangers.

What are you working on that you are excited about?

A food truck tour of NYC, stories of love in Tuscan kitchens.

What do you think is going to be biggest change in the way we work within the next 18 months?

That we will work from virtual “offices” in our homes or anywhere in the world.

In your work background, how did you progress to your current role?

While I was Regional Marketing Director for a national restaurant company I was trained on the job to plan and purchase media. I was laid off from my position as Media Director from the advertising agency where I had worked for 15 years. As a result, I opened my own media consulting business and never looked back!

In what ways does your job differ now from when you started out in your profession?

The shift to social media from traditional media as a primary advertising vehicle.

What are your interests outside of work?

I volunteer each week at the local Children’s Hospital as a “Baby Hugger”.

What is your favourite travel destination?

Italy

What is your top travel tip? 

Pack light but take 2 pairs of walking shoes.

What is your special talent?

I collect heart shaped stones from all over the world.

What is the last movie you saw?

Still Alice.

What is on your bucket list?

To visit the Prague and the Czech Republic where my father was born. To visit the Isle of Skye in Scotland where my Mom’s ancestors were from.

Where is the most romantic place you have ever slept?

After travelling by train from Positano to Cinque Terre, having our luggage stolen from the train platform in La Spezia and finding that the ac wasn’t working in our apartment rental, my husband pulled the mattress from the bed and laid it out on the terrace where we slept with the mountains in one direction and the Mediterranean below.

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