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Tongwa “Gabriella” Akanji Aka
Cell: 202-749-6803

Core Skills

  • Camera/Cinematography/Cellphone videography
  • 3-point Lighting/Set building and breakdown
  • Audio Recording


Freelance Production Assistant Nov. 2016 – Present

Charm TV Baltimore, MD

  • Operate camera for monthly Commuter Connections TV show
  • Research background information for upcoming studio tapings; assist with studio setup, input scripts and run teleprompter
  • Support camera crew during on-site shoots; technical direct live broadcasts of City Council hearings; Board of Estimates, Zoning
  • Special occasions host; interviewer for MLK Day 2019 parade, audience engagement host for AFRAM 2019
  • Edit Mayor’s News Conferences for air on Charm TV

Acquisitions Production Intern May 2019 – Nov. 2019

Discovery Communications / Science Channel  Silver Spring, MD

  • Review and timecode 45-minute episodes to assist the editor in creating digital clips for social media packages
  • Fact-check international scripts from Britain and Canada to ensure accuracy prior to airing on science channel
  • Incorporate fact-based content or encourage curiosity, through multiple Facebook posts for daily shows
  • Facilitate content re-versioning through several layers of research and review for daily shows
  • Research and organize show credit lists in addition to timing narrator bites for audio recording sessions
  • Create digital branding content using Adobe creative cloud
  • Generate content for video listicles from precut shows for social media clips

TV Production Intern May 2015 – September 2015

PBS – To the Contrary Arlington, VA

  • Researched background information on women’s affairs, political and social news for panelists
  • Updated website daily, to include breaking news and top articles from Slate, Washington Post, CNN, Mademoiselle, etc
  • Generated Facebook and Twitter posts for audience engagement with over 33,000 followers across platforms
  • Assisted with setup for on-site shoots and interviews; sound, lighting, notes
  • Wrote two blog posts and cut a short clip as additional content on the website

Digital Video Production Assistant           Aug. 2016 – Feb. 2018

Verizon Media Ashburn, VA

  • Captured ACE, BIG10, NFL, and NBA games for “Video on Demand” on ESPN platforms online
  • Inserted prepaid and preselected commercial breaks into live event programming; maintain communication with onsite director for accurate breaks and ad placement
  • Anticipated, resolved and communicated occasional event related video/audio/game delay/technical issues with ESPN MCR for seamless record and playback.

Notable Skills

  • Non-linear Editing: Adobe Audition, Photoshop and Premier, iMovie, KineMaster(phone editing)
  • Computer: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint; Word, Google Docs, Google Sheets
  • Social Media & Analytics:  Buffer, Facebook, Hootsuite, Instagram, Snapchat
  • Television Programming; Cablecast
  • Blogging: Canva, WordPress 


American University May 2020

MA, Film and Media Production Washington, DC

Honors:  graduate assistantship; GPA 3.85

University of Maryland Dec. 2015

BA, Broadcast Journalism with French Minor College Park, MD

Honors: Letters and Sciences Scholarship recipient 2013-2014