It has been two short months since I started journalism school and it has been quite an experience. The BCIT Broadcast Journalism program has already put me to good work learning about photography, video editing, shooting, radio production, news reporting, and journalistic ethics. It is a stark change from my experiences in academia at UBC. The practical training and preparation has been refreshing and a lot of fun, although I do miss the discussion and thoughtful analysis of university.
I, along with my classmates, got to enjoy the privilege of attending the 2009 Jack Webster Awards (picture above) honouring excellence in Journalism in BC, last month. The event was held at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Coal Harbour, Downtown Vancouver. The awards dinner was hosted by the delightful and affable Global News anchor Chris Gailus who made references to us students sitting in the back all night even surprising my table with a surprise visit. CTV BC News anchor and CKNW talk show host, Bill Good was honoured with a lifetime achievement award and made a short and effective acceptance speech. It was a great night with plenty of highlights while hobnobbing with the BC media elite.
Yesterday, three (of many successful) BCIT Broadcast Journalism graduates dropped by to visit and give an impromptu lecture to our class. TSN Edmonton reporter Ryan Rishaug, Global BC reporter Aaron McArthur , and CTV BC sports reporter Jason Pires spoke of their passions and love for the journalism industry as well as their wonderful experiences after graduating. This collectively psyched up everyone in my class and strengthened our zeal and enthusiasm for our studies.
So far, so good.