Here I am interviewing the NEW councillor of NDG, Peter McQueen. He is a member of Projet Montreal and the only councillor who is not from Union Montreal in the CDN-NDG borough. He is lively and enthusiastic and it should actually make the borough council meetings a bit more interesting!
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Last Sunday was Election Day in Montreal and in municipalities across Quebec. I had a busy night covering the events for Actualites CDN-NDG. My editor and I had hoped to get to all three major party celebrations but Tremblay’s re-election came so quickly we couldn’t make it out to Vision Montreal’s convention. Check out my article here.
On Friday, Sandra Oh was in Montreal to receive the Gascon-Thomas Award from the National Theatre School which she graduated from in 1993. The award celebrates a graduate’s contribution to the art of acting. Although she denied the Canadian University Press an exclusive interview, I did watch an on-camera interview she did with Radio-Canada TV (75% in French!). She was eloquent, elegant, and humble. It was refreshing to see such a genuine celebrity. She was very grateful when I congratulated her.
Click here to listen to her acceptance speech.
Today was my second day interning at the CBC in Montreal. The internship has me in English Radio, News, and Television News. As this is a blog about my j-school adventures, some self-indulgence is required! I was working on the 3-6 pm show Homerun, hosted by Bernard St. Laurent today. I was assigned to “chase” a story about Bill 101. I put in calls, read various stories, and wrote a script. I arranged a debate between Bernard Landry (former premier of Quebec, pro-French-only CEGEPs) and Julius Grey (human rights lawyer, anti-French-only CEGEPs). When it aired, it was a proud moment because I did most of the background work! Listen to the clip from Homerun here.
So I came across this contest from the Globe and Mail that is, for lack of better words, AWESOME. If I win, I will go (with a lucky friend) to Vancouver for two weeks to cover the Olympics. The Globe covers airfare, accommodation, and various Olympic event tickets. They also give you a laptop and $1000! You, in turn, have to write a minimum of five articles which could appear in the paper or online. What a dream come true.
Anybody who votes also gets a chance at winning a laptop. Anybody can vote once a day. The voting period is open until November 22. The most popular 50 are reviewed by members of the Globe editorial board who then make a decision.
So VOTE (for me…duh!)
This Saturday and Sunday, I will be attending Podcamp Montreal, the “New Media UnConference.” I am super excited as it will give me the most up-to-date info on all things ‘new media’ related. That means podcasting, blogging, social networking, and all things relating to Internet media—the new newspaper. Some of the talks I look forward to hearing: “Top tips for better blogging”
with Kim Vallée (who spoke at WordCamp Montreal this June), “Sex, Trust & Transparency: What would Donald Draper Blog?”
with CT Moore (who also spoke at WCmtl), and “Toward a new Blogocracy: democratizing mass media” with Kota Talla.
Check out the website and sign up since it’s free! All you out-of-towners can get a special rate at a hotel, it’s really cheap to share a room for four…just over $20! Can’t wait for Saturday to come.
Steve Wozniak was in town on Thursday, Sept. 10 to deliver the keynote speech at the 2009 eConcordia Summit. I got a chance to attend the press conference after and ask him a few questions. Turns out the Gazette and several other media were not interested in talking to the man who invented the personal computer so I really was the only “press” there! An excerpt will be published in the Concordian with a teaser to the paper’s website for the full interview. I thought I’d put some of the actual audio here.