Julie Mollins is a journalist and communications outreach specialist based in Toronto. Her current focus is on international development and humanitarian concerns, including food security and climate change.
She has had long-term postings in Britain, Indonesia and Mexico, and covered stories as a correspondent from various locations throughout Australia, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Since 2013, she has worked in various editorial and communications outreach roles for the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF), which is jointly coordinated by CIFOR, the World Bank and UN Environment. She formerly worked as an online editor and producer for eight years with Reuters in Toronto and London, and as communities editor with the former Reuters humanitarian website AlertNet in London. While at Reuters, in 2008 she began teaching journalists how to blog and use social media as the news service began to recognize the value of community engagement. Since then, she has continued to lead writing and social media training workshops. Before Reuters, from
2000 to 2005, she was a researcher-reporter for several national news and business magazines in Canada, including Maclean's, Maclean's Guide to Universities, Canadian Business and MoneySense.
While she was earning her Bachelor of Arts from Innis College, University of Toronto, she worked on campus part time as a publicist for the Hart House art gallery and as a wardrobe assistant for the Drama Centre. She also volunteered as a reporter for the Varsity newspaper. When she graduated, she received an Innis College Recognition Award. She subsequently earned a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University where she was the recipient of a Canada Newswire Award.
Before completing her university degrees, she was a theatre propbuilder and jeweller. She worked on productions at various theatres and festivals in Ontario, including the Stratford Festival, National Ballet of Canada, Canadian Stage, Theatre Passe Murraille and the Toronto Fringe Festival. She currently teaches knitting and crochet part time at Michaels craft store in the Stockyards. For Nuit Blanche 2017, she designed Casting Yarns: Forest-street disequilibrium with artist Rocky Dobey, an installation at Scadding Court sponsored by Toronto School of Art and Theatre Passe Murraille.