Last week I pitched a story about sleep but after much thought, I realized I really wouldn’t have enough time before the end of term to do all the research, including sleeping at sleep clinics. But I did come up with a great idea.
On Monday, there was the anti-police brutality march and I was there from beginning to end, shooting photos for my photojournalism class. I took about a hundred photos and some of them are actually ok! After learning a lot about sound slides with Lisa Lynch in class, I was thinking my final project could be a soundslide of the march. I have my eyewitness account of the events that took place, I got the phone number of a protestor who was there and couldn’t give me an interview right away because he was busy getting arrested. I also have some ambient noise, as in the crowd.
I really think this could make a great soundslide. While the beginning of the march was relatively peaceful, it got a bit crazier and crazier until shit hit the fan. I was a bit careless about getting too close and had several confrontations with policeman. They didn’t care if I was student, a journalist or a protestor…everybody was the same to them. I’m looking forward to.
Original photographs, original sound bites, original editing. Looks exciting.
Michael Ignatieff came to Montreal today on a stop in his cross-country university speaking tour. He stopped in at Concordia to answer questions from students. As a former university professor (ehem, Harvard), he was at ease with the crowd and as a politican, particularly good at not exactly answering the question. There were several Liberal MPs in the room, including Justin Trudeau (teehee) and Marc Garneau. It can be heard here. Go to his Facebook page to see where he stops next.
For one of my radio room assignments, I went out to cover an event and called in to describe what was going on. Obviously, it was a slow news day. Here is my “Live Hit” from a coin unveiling.
I’ve been covering the Jean-Talon–Namur Revitalization project for Actualites CDN-NDG (read articles here and here) and CBC’s Daybreak decided to devote some of their show to the issue. I was called in as a resident of the borough (error there because I’m actually in Westmount) but primarily as a journalist who has covered the project’s development extensively. I have edited the 11-minute segment to include only my parts—the other guests were Peter McQueen, the city councillor for NDG, and Charles Hammer, the owner of Uptown Volvo which is currently right in the middle of the project area. Enjoy my first foray into professional radio! (Apologies for the initial static, goes away after a couple seconds)
Click here to hear the segment in full.
Yesterday was a busy day! After seeing Hulk, I made my way up to the Plateau to visit Dooz and Eugenia and to see the Olympic flame go by. Some say torch, some say flame…which one is it? We bundled Doozy up in his hilarious snowsuit and braved the cold and snow with the stroller. It was hard work. Plus it was windy. But it was all worth it to see the flame. It was so festive and fun and I was so proud. I can’t wait for the Olympics. I am a fiercely patriotic Canadian. I hear from the Globe and Mail in a few days about that contest, fingers crossed.
Here is a clip of the flame going by!
For the first two months of the semester, half of my class was given a radio documentary assignment. Now that those are completed, we have an advanced radio class. Basically, we are given a different position each class—from Assignment Editor to Editorial. We meet at 12:15, set up the show and have three hours to put it all together. While paying attention to TV and Radio news that is ongoing, we prep. We do our interviews, we edit our audio, write our scripts…etc. It was definitely hectic at the beginning. Here is an example of my debrief.
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!