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Being Drawn Back To Journalism



April 17th, 2013

This week I watched the live Boston Marathon coverage from the minute I got home until late into the night. I felt tingly and even teared up at one point as I watched the footage. It was when I saw a camera guy stationed at the finish line catch the blast. This footage was embedded on the Winnipeg Free Press site and was decked with Boston Globe branding at each end of the video.

This camera guy ran to the barricades decked with flags of the world and caught glimpses of people with limbs savagely blown off laying in the street. His reaction was confused devastation. It made this situation so real and human and plunked me right down in the middle of the attack.

Oddly, it was something I hadn’t felt in a long time. That’s an awful thing to say, but I truly am desensitized to school shootings and terrorism attacks in the middle east, though I never could watch the Magnotta video nor did I try.

I came into this program wanting to do journalism, particularly broadcast journalism. As a kid, I always imagined writing for the Free Press or throwing back to Barbara Lee Edwards on CKY 5, and I was encouraged far back in school by English teachers to pursue CreComm even though I was a hard student to teach. CreComm was exactly what I needed.

Then I got into the program and the talk that dominated most of this school year was journalism is a dying craft. We saw the Free Press layoff a lot of young talent and opinions turned kind of dark for a while. Then it felt like a whole lot of scrambling went on to After that, there was the perception among my peers that there wasn’t any money in journalism anymore and the program was scrambling to bring in seasoned journalists to convince us otherwise control some of the bad PR floating around among students.

As a result, only 13 students have decided to major in Journalism next year, but I’m not one of them. It’s starting to feel like a mistake. Fortunately, I picked Media Production, which is something that does truly interest me, and we do get to spend our full Thursdays putting together a news cast either on or off camera.

So, we’re out of RRC for the summer after this week and I’m forging ahead with Media Production, but I’ve rediscovered my passion for journalism and can’t wait to start learning broadcast journalism class and the inside out of television and radio. I discovered this semester that I actually love writing and reading radio news.

Have a great summer, everyone. I’ll check in periodically and will keep updating my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Andy Mac out.


Zach Samborski says: April 19, 2013 at 12:50am
Though it's not my major, I've always enjoyed the aspect of discovery in journalism. Getting out into the world and meeting new people is always fun.
Andy Mac says: April 18, 2013 at 4:08am
Hey Duncan, I tried to clarify what I meant above. That was only the perception among my peers. I guess sometimes it's easy to get caught up with all the 'end of times' talk about the print industry.
Duncan McMonagle (@dmcmonagle) says: April 17, 2013 at 7:59pm
"scrambling went on to bring in seasoned journalists to control some of the bad PR"?

Not so.

My message before and after the Free Press layoffs has been: If a graduating J major wants to work in the business and is willing to leave Winnipeg, he or she can get a job quite quickly.

Check the hiring lists for the last couple of years; it's happening again this year.

As for Winnipeg, we have two J majors at the Free Press on work placements today, and CreComms have grabbed two of the three summer jobs there this year.

Not bad, considering that our competition is Ryerson and Carleton universities and other schools much bigger than ours.

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