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

Core Qualifications

  • Non-linear editing/programming: Adobe Premier, Audition and Photoshop; Cablecast
  • Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, and analytics – Buffer, Hootsuite
  • Video/Audio recording: GarageBand, Adobe Audition
  • Writing/Blogging: Canva, WordPress


Acquisitions Production Intern
                                                                                    May 2019 – Nov. 2019
The Science Channel
Silver Spring, MD

  • Review 45-minute shows to timecode episode that assist 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
  • Research/review show episodes to facilitate content reversioning
  • Create digital branding content using Adobe creative cloud
  • Timed narrator bites for audio recording sessions
  • Researched and organized show credit lists

Production Assistant                                                                                                       Nov. 2016 – Present
Charm TV
Baltimore, MD

  • Camera operator for Commuter Connections TV show
  • Research background information for upcoming studio tapings; set up studio for live tapings
  • Technical Director for live broadcasts of City Council events; Board of Estimate, Zoning

Freelance Programming Associate
Jan. 2017 – Present
Engage Network (Baltimore City Public Access Channel)
Baltimore, MD

  • Create daily broadcast schedules for Engage Network; input PSAs, schedule marathons
  • Organize and categorize new video and audio content for air on Engage Network
  • Manage day-to-day correspondence with over 60 show producers; acquisitions, reversions, PSAs
  • Inform and train producers on video formatting procedures; Frame rates, sample rates, audio and video codecs
  • Produce analyses charts and quarterly reports for existing programs

Digital Video Production Assistant
Aug. 2016 – Feb. 2018
Oath – Verizon Digital Media Services                                                                  Ashburn, VA

  • Captured Video on Demand for millions of online consumers
  • Inserted commercial breaks into live event programming
  • Communicated all related video issues with ESPN MCR

TV Production Intern
May 2015 – Sept. 2015
PBS – To the Contrary                                                                                                  Washington DC

  • Edited weekly TV listings and press releases, wrote scripts for air, cut a short clip for digital, shot interviews
  • Created social media posts through Buffer to engage audiences and measure post reach
  • Researched and curated background information for studio tapings


American University                                                                                                   May 2020
MA, Film and Media
Washington DC
Honors:  Graduate Assistant-ship; GPA 3.87

University of Maryland
Dec. 2015
BA, Broadcast Journalism with French Minor
College Park, MD
Honors:  Letters And Sciences Scholarship recipient