While in high school I planned to pursue theatre after graduation. So, how did I end up in BCIT’s Media Communications Program studying broadcast journalism? A chance opportunity led me to completely change my career direction.
In 2009 CBC held an open audition call for high school students to participate in News Day in BC, a journalism project developed by CBC Vancouver. CBC offered students the opportunity to attend journalism workshops given by staff at their Vancouver Broadcast Centre. They were then invited to write an original news story and “pitch” their story on camera to CBC staff. Thirty students were selected from the auditions to participate in a special live broadcast featuring the students’ news stories. I was one of the lucky students chosen!
CBC ignited my interest in broadcast journalism. It provided me with the experience in researching, writing and producing a news story, and opened doors to a potential broadcasting career. Since then I’ve gone on to writing for publications such as Youthinkand Vervegirlmagazine, and been a youth reporter for Shaw Television’s Generation Why and City TV’s Vancouver Breakfast Television!
Registration has begun for the 4th annual News Day in BC. The project is open to Metro Vancouver high school students in grades 10 – 12. Sign up for a journalism workshop held at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre in downtown Vancouver taking place on January 21st and 22nd, 2012.
Find out if you have what it takes to make the final 30 and be part of the CBC News Day team! Each finalist will receive a $1000 scholarship from Sylvan Learning.
Register at: cbc.ca/bc/newsday to be part of this year’s News Day in BC.