Tatyana is a doctoral student in the Language, Culture and Teaching program at York University and holder of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. She completed her M.A. in the joint York University and Ryerson University Communication and Culture Program and has a B.A. in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University. Her research interests bring together children’s media, non-fiction storytelling, arts-based research methods, and education. She is inspired and informed by an award-winning freelance career in professional media production that spans two decades: she has developed, produced, directed, and written for over a dozen television series in Canada and internationally, including many school-aged children’s educational programs. In her Master’s thesis, she utilized a combination of arts-based and participatory action research methods to explore how media producers can inform media education curriculum and well as how middle school girls experience making video media. Tatyana’s PhD examines the use of collaborative documentary and feature journalism media making pedagogy as a method to both support girls’ education as well as their participation in research. Her ongoing passion and mission are to inspire media making by children and youth and to support their participation in both media storytelling and research creation.