Freelance Food & Travel Journalist
& Fulbright Grantee
Click to watch a video I filmed and edited about my internship experience at a food TV show in Paris during Fall 2017.
Hey! I'm Aine Dougherty, a journalist and recent graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University with a degree in Journalism, French and Integrated Marketing and Communications. I'm currently living in France, working in a high school as a Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) grantee and one of 10 Fulbright English Teaching Assistants in the country.
A little bit about my past... In Fall 2018, I worked as an editorial intern for RedEye, the Chicago Tribune's weekly tabloid publication covering the best things to eat, drink and do in the Windy City. I've also worked as a production intern for the French food TV show "Très Très Bon" (aka the Parisian "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," sans Guy Fieri).
I've been the editor-in-chief of a local, DIY version of Pop-Up Magazine, a writer and designer for North by Northwestern magazine, a contributor and associate editor for Spoon University, Communications Coordinator for Student Affairs Marketing at Northwestern, a tutor and a mentor for Evanston children...
But enough of the boring stuff – who am I really, beyond all the majors and titles?
I'm interested in storytelling, specifically stories about food, travel and culture.
But forget every listicle you've ever read about what Kylie Jenner eats for breakfast. I want to tell real stories about real people cooking real food, about how what we eat can bring us together and teach us so much about each other – and I want to use multimedia to do it, because videos and photos can express so much more than words alone.
Read on to learn more about me.
October 2019 - Present
September 2018 - December 2018
I received one of 10 Fulbright grants to work as an English Teaching Assistant in Mulhouse, France, where I will bring my skills and interests as a multimedia journalist and food-lover into the classroom to help my high school students learn English. Follow along on my journey through my "Une Bouchée a Day" blog.
As Editorial Intern at the Chicago Tribune's RedEye, I pitched and wrote stories & headlines about every Chi-Town festival, event, pop-up bar, happy hour or movie opening you could imagine. I also took photos for the publication and ran the brand's Instagram channel, and I contributed to the Food & Dining section of the Tribune. I've continued to freelance for RedEye.
October 2017 - December 2017
Intern at Très Très Bon, a French TV show that searches for the best restaurants in Paris. During my time with TTB, I perfected my French, assisted the team during video shoots, worked to come up with marketing and social media strategies, created video content that was in line with their brand image using Adobe Premiere, and helped globalize their app by translating texts from French to English. I also wrote a 45-page research paper in French on the influence of social media on food journalism.
January 2019 - May 2019
I was lucky enough to be the Editor-in-chief of Pop-Up Zine at Northwestern, a hyperlocal DIY version of Pop-Up Magazine, The California Sunday Magazine's popular touring "live magazine." I worked with a team of 20 to produce a show in May 2019 featuring a mix of six multimedia-heavy live-narrated stories by Northwestern students, for Northwestern students.
January 2017 - June 2019
As Residential Services Communications Coordinator for Student Affairs Marketing at Northwestern, I wrote and edited copy for the website and blog and controlled Res Services' social media presence, growing their follower base. I also worked closely with the rest of the team to produce effective marketing campaigns and solutions, and I monitored social media metrics in order to improve content strategy.
November 2015 - March 2019
I've filled a lot of positions at North by Northwestern magazine: writer, editor, and designer. Through my time with the student publication, I learned how to report and write stories about condoms, edibles, dessert crawls and more, how to lay out beautiful pages with Adobe programs, how to work with a team, and how to be a leader and manage a vertical of an online publication.
November 2015 - June 2019
As a contributor and associate editor for Spoon University, the nation's premier food publication for college students, I wrote restaurant reviews and took food photos that have received thousands of page views online, and I have produced and edited stories for Spoon's exclusive print magazine at Northwestern.
Class of '19
Graduated Summa Cum Laude in June 2019 with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and French with additional Integrated Marketing and Communications Certificate.
Dean's List: 10/10 eligible quarters
Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honors Society
Chicago College Emmy-nominated documentary film:
A Glimmer of Hope
Relevant courses: Reporting and Writing, Philosophy of Modern Journalism, Multimedia Storytelling, Media History, Media Law and Ethics, Journalism in Practice: Connecting With Immigrants, Media Design, Feature Writing, Magazine Editing, Creative Non-Fiction, Documentary Journalism, Consumer Insight, Marketing Research Methods, Marketing Strategy, Strategic Communications, Advanced Composition in French, French in Business
The Aegean Center for the Fine Arts
Summer Workshop: The Craft of Digital Photography
See my prints here.
New York University
School of Professional Studies
Summer Course: Digital Journalism
See our video, Love in Washington Square Park, here.