CHBC: Week Four

My final week kicked off on a really good note. Tuesday I started with a self-generated packaged item. A recent survey was conducted and over 38,000 B.C. students completed it. Some of the Okanagan results really stood out to me regarding the mental health aspect. I decided this may make a strong story because apparently youth in the Okanagan weren’t reaching out for help. I interviewed the centre manager at the Foundry Kelowna. We talked about what the Foundry was and how important it is to reach out when you’re struggling.

Wednesday was the first day my supervisor was back from Mexico. I did a VO on a structure fire in West Kelowna. We tried to get ahold of the West Kelowna Fire Department but they failed to answer. I also wrote a web story on Big White Ski Resort building staff housing and one on a recent UBCO research study.

Thursday I did a package to follow up with my web post yesterday on the wine grapes smoke-taint study. I went to UBCO with a cameraman and interviewed one of the chemistry professors and research team leaders. It was something I never knew it would have such a great effect.

On my last day, Friday, I did a package on the Skills Canada BC 2020 Regional Competition. Essentially, it’s 100 competitors from high schools across the region putting their skills to the test in categories such as Culinary Arts, Automotive, Welding, Cabinetry, Carpentry, Photography, Electronics and others. It was an easy last day for me and was tons of fun.

It was a really good last day. Saying goodbye to everyone was really hard. I can’t get over all the lessons I learned this month and all the amazing people I’ve met. I have had a blast here and have made really good friendships with the people at CHBC.


Lethbridge News Now: Week Four

Connor Gunn (The Man)

My final week was awesome at Lethbridge News Now and I have learned so much from this opportunity I will use for my career.

Monday was busy and slow in different parts. Reporter David and I went to court check in on some cases happening, and waited around for some decisions but nothing seemed to happen and the cases were getting adjourned. After that, we went back to the station to prepare for the council meeting. At the council meeting I covered a number of different items on the agenda and I specifically covered the new women’s shelter and wrote up the story and did radio writes relating to the story.

On Tuesday I went to Picture Butte high school to cover an event they were having. I covered the Hackathon which brought students to their to learn how to use computer science skills for the future. I made a VO clip kind of video with a stand-up linking to the article and I think it went well. Here’s the link:

Wednesday I knew I would be covering the AG expo held in Lethbridge and it turned out great I thought and I got to cover the story through. The event was huge and very critical for the areas surrounding Lethbridge and Southern Alberta. I produced full TV pack out of it and radio scripts as well as web story. Here’s the link:

Thursday was kind of uneventful except a story Dori gave me, I did a full story on a speaker talking about the future of family and child care in Alberta. The story turned out great and the article turned out awesome, so I wrote up the whole thing after speaking to the speaker about the presentation. Unfortunately, the entire story was deleted because it’s newsroom. But that happens.

Friday i started working on the Hurricanes wall of Honour story for Saturday since I will not be here, I went to the arena and took some pictures and got a good story out of it. Then I went to the Shannon Phillips announcement about the provincial budget and there were a ton of news organizations there. The week was awesome and my entire experience was great. And best of all, I got a job out of it doing what I love (Sports). Links are on the website.

I would like to thank Lethbridge News Now and Dori, Justin, David, Lara, and everyone else that helped me along the way. This was an awesome opportunity, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Corona Coming for Canada

As the Corona Virus has been spreading rapidly across the globe, Canada now as an 11 confirmed cases. The most recent case being a women in her twenties who returned home to Toronto after traveling though China. She is currently in stable condition at home in quarantine. As people are flying into Canada, international airports like YYC and YVR are screening passengers for the virus as they arrive into the country. Some airliners, like Air Canada, have gone as far as halting all direct flights to China until April 10th.

“Countries like Canada, that have been able to manage and detect cases so far, that we have to prepare across governments, across communities, and as families and individuals, in the event of more widespread transmission in our community.”

Cheif Medical Officer Theresa Tam

The best way to stop the spread of the virus and go about protecting yourself is not by wearing a face mask, but by frequently washing your hands. People with a respiratory illness though should continue to wear the mask as they are more susceptible to COVID-19.

Written By Sarah Jones

CBC Corner Brook: Week four

My last week has just finished up, and it definitely feels weird. I have some mixed emotions because although I am happy to be done and come back to school and see my family too I am also a little sad to leave because for the most part I enjoyed my time here.

At the start of the week I had Monday off because it was a city holiday, there is a “winter carnival” that happens every year and apparently the whole city for the most part goes on holidays.

On Tuesday I came in and was given the task of trying to book a live interview with Florian “Venom” Kohler. He is a professional pool trick shot players who holds 6 Guinness world records and has millions of followers on social media, as well as being on Dude Perfect and the Steve Harvey Show and many others. He was in Corner Brook and I was to trying and track him down and get a hold of him. I was pretty excited about this since I actually knew who this guy was and thought he was pretty cool and I saw lots of videos that he was in. So for the rest of the day I was back and forth communicating with him and his agent trying to get something to work. I put a picture of him below in case people may recognise him.

Wednesday was more the same trying to get Florian ‘Venom’ to come in live. Another story that came up was there was a Junior Curler who just made the Canadian Junior Curling team from around Corner Brook and was headed to Beijing in 2021 to compete in the world championships. So I was trying to get a hold of both of them. I had also finished up my pack for the Seniors fashion show and it was to go on air for Thursday. I was also asked by the provincial CBC to write a web story for it which would be posted the same time it would go live to radio. So I completed those both, and I have links to them below. My Seniors radio story is the, Feb 25 2020 Seniors Strut their Stuff on the Catwalk.

Thursday I was still tasked with trying to get a hold of the Junior Canadian Curler and Florian ‘Venom’ Kohler. I spoke over the phone with Florian’s agent and after some discussing the time frames it just didn’t seem to work. I spoke with David and we decided we could probably just leave it for now since I was leaving at the end of the week and next week get someone else to maybe pick it up. I ended up getting a hold of the Junior Canadian Curler through a lot of phone calls and eventually calling his parents for his contact information. I did a pre-interview over the phone and set up for him to come onto the show live the next day. The rest of the day I spent working on the scripts for the hosts to introduce him on the show and get everything set up for that. Everyone at the station asked me what I wanted to for lunch because they said they would all pitch in and buy lunch for the whole station based on whatever I wanted. We ended up deciding on Chinese food and that was really nice of all of them to buy me lunch before I left.

Friday was a pretty laid back day. Everything for the Monday show was already filled out and since it was my last day there they said there wasn’t too much for me to do. I made my rounds and everyone said goodbye as I did to them. I had a little sit down conversation with Cherie about how my month went and what I should work on, what I did good, what I think they could do better, etc.. Then they gave me a parting gift of a CBC Newfoundland Morning coffee mug and a CBC Newfoundland Morning Laptop bag.

Overall my experience here was good, I definitely learned some things and how the industry works. The biggest challenge I faced was trying to get story ideas when there is no news happening, and not much news happens here so that was definitely challenging, but from that I found out that there is always news or always something to cover. Everyone that works here was super nice to me and treated me with respect same as I did to them. I can’t wait to see what experiences I have after this and where my education takes me.

  • Nathan Anderson

Fatal Sarcee crash leaves driver dead

A 40 year-old man died after his car flipped and rolled down multiple cliffs late Saturday evening.

Police were called to the scene of Sarcee trail northwest around 11:40 p.m. where they found the body of the driver.

It has been determined that speed and alcohol were factors in the incident and investigators believe the driver lost control at a curve in the road.

The area was blocked off during the investigation but has since re-opened.

Police have yet to release the identity of the dead driver.

CHBC : Week three.

Week three went by really fast. I produced a lot of things on my own and got some self-generated stories up on the show. Tuesday, February 18 I shadowed Darrian, he did a story on B.C. apple growers and their struggle to compete against Washington growers. It was really interesting because it was something I never thought was a real issue.

Wednesday the 19th I did a VO/SOT on whether or not face masks prevent Coronavirus. Someone wrote in via email asking us to do a quick story on it so I interviewed a local pharmacist owner as Interior Health wasn’t allowed to comment.

Thursday the 20th was a busy day, I produced two Vo/Sots. One on Knox Mountain Wildfire mitigation and the other on damaged downtown sculpture’s from woodpeckers. It was a lot of running around, shooting and getting interviews but I managed to file both for the 5 p.m. show.

Friday the 21st I did a feature story on a group of Kelowna teens who took an inspiring trip to Guatemala and it changed their lives, so they say. The three students I interviewed have all started their own fundraising campaigns and have raised over $14,000 altogether. They were really sweet and super excited we were featuring them on our show. This package turned out really well. Saturday the 22nd I went to the Kelowna Spring Home Show at Prospera Place. I did a full pack on the event, trying to make it as interesting as possible. They did have some new companies this year so I focused the story mostly on them. It turned out really well and I was happy with how it looked on air.

I’m looking forward to my next week here, my supervisor gets back Wednesday so hopefully ill get some more package opportunity,


Calgary Police apologies for social media campaign

The Calgary Police Service has apologized for a social media campaign that received mixed reviews. The ValenCrime’s campaign was Valentines day themed and aimed to playfully mock wanted individuals. Reactions on social media varied with some of the public finding the campaign to be insensitive and disrespectful. A criminal defense lawyer argued the people featured in the posts are accused and have not been convicted.

“… the public response across all platforms was positive.”

Although, many police officers claim the campaign was supported by the majority of the public. Chief Mark Neufeld explained, “Generally speaking, the public response across all platforms was positive.” Although, Neufeld went onto say that the ValenCrimes campaign will not return in 2021.

By Aela Herbert

CBC Corner Brook: Week three

This week flew by super quick. I wasn’t too busy through out the week but none the less, it went by super quick.

I started off my week on Monday by finishing up a piece I had been working on before which was the beer marinate for meats. I edited all that up put it out to air for the show, I am not too sure what day that got played but I know that it did some day. Then for the rest of the day it was pretty laid back as I just searched for more story ideas.

Tuesday was a pretty slow news day for me as I was instructed to just sit and look for news stories and ideas to pitch, which was what everyone else was doing as well. I found out about a forestry remembrance ceremony happening the next week to remember the foresters from the world wars in Newfoundland. There is a huge pulp and paper factory here in Corner Brook so David thought it was a good idea to have someone come in live on the show to talk about it. So I worked on that trying to get in contact with someone for that. Me and David also talked and thought it would be a good idea to chase a story about a women trying to save wild cats from garbage dumps here in Newfoundland which apparently is a huge problem. So I spent the whole day trying to reach her and someone about the forestry story but no one was getting back to me.

On Wednesday I was sent out to a seniors fashion show that included a run way and clothes from local thrift shops for people to buy. I went out to that to gather some audio and some interviews and put together a 4 minute pack. The event itself went on for about 3 hours and it was a fun thing to go to. After gathering all the audio I needed I came back and edited it all down. I also tried again to contact those people while I was editing but I had no luck again.

On Thursday I came in the morning and finished editing that senior show audio and then I was sent out with our VJ reporter Troy and went out to a collapsed roof that had closed down some roads in downtown Corner Brook. I was in charge of taking photos for web while we were there so I had the camera taking pictures while Troy took video. After that me and Troy went up to Pepsi Centre (which is the big hockey rink here) and helped him shoot his stand up since he went and covered the hockey game the night before and didn’t do a stand up. We then went out to the waters and up near the mountains to get pictures and videos of the weather outside since it was terrible weather outside and the winds were up to 60 km/h. We took a little longer for that since it was so cold we had to take breaks in between to warm up and not freeze to death. We finished that up and I came back to the station.

Friday pretty slow moving, I got in contact with the lady who was saving cats and did a interview with her over the phone. I then worked on that to have it ready for the Monday show and the rest of the day me trying to get different story ideas for the week upcoming and getting a hold of someone for the forestry story. After a while me and David spoke and we should just scrap the forestry story since no one wanted to talk.

Week three was pretty calm and I did not do much, however it went by really quick. Next week is my last week and time has just flown so before I know it I will be done. I’m excited to see what the next week has in store.

  • Nathan Anderson

Global News Lethbridge: Week 3

My third week of my practicum just flew by. I love the station and the city, but I miss home a lot.

On Tuesday, Liam asked me to write an update on the fire that happened on the weekend at the Pincher Creek Hotel. I called the Pincher Creek Fire Department, and I wrote a VO for the show on the information I received from the fire department. I just helped reporters get their stuff done. I also worked on a story about high school students attempting to raise money for a healing garden. I was trying to get in contact with students and teachers who were involved, but they had the week off. Fortunately, they planned to meet up next week. I’ll be able to make a pack out of this next week.

Wednesday was a very busy day. I was asked to do a pack on Cleanfarms opening an office in Lethbridge, and the success of the “Recycle it!” pilot program. I drove out to Fort Macleod to get an interview with a farmer about his perspective on the program. I then got an interview with the man in charge of the Cleanfarms Alberta location at a local UFA. Both of the interviews were too late in the day to get a pack done in one day, so I had time to get it done by Thursday. At night, I had the opportunity to go to the Hurricanes game and interview the head coach and player after the game. The Hurricanes lost against the Spokane Chiefs, so the player and head coach weren’t very talkative during the interview. Nevertheless, it was a very busy day, but it was fun!

Thursday was also a busy day. I had to edit my pack, but I was also sent out to shoot a VO/SOT. The event I was sent to was the preview for the PGA tournament at the Paradise Canyon Golf Resort. I interviewed the Tournament Chair and the official sponsor for the event, the Interfaith Food Bank. I then went back to the station, and put the VO/SOT together. I then spent the rest of the afternoon assembling my pack and web story. Liam said the story turned out well!

On Friday, I was sent to cover two VO/SOT’s. The first one was at City Hall. The Public Arts Program and the Heart of Our City Committee announced a pilot project to improve utility boxes in the city’s downtown. The second VO/SOT was an event hosted by the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber invited elected political officials. I had the opportunity of interviewing Lethbridge East MLA Nathan Neudorf for my VO. I had both VO/SOT’s edited for the 5 o’clock and 6 o’clock show.

It is quite scary how fast-paced this practicum is going. I can’t believe I only have one more week. Next week I will have lots of things to do and lots of stories to cover, so I imagine the week will fly by again.

  • Charlye

James Dunn – RD News Now – Week 3

This week was more of the same, the rhythm is there but every day feels different because every day has a new story.

I’ve still been writing about two to three stories a day. Most of them are mostly on the softer side of news value, but practice is practice. Troy has even told me personally that he’s liked some of the articles and the way I went with them.

I continue to get fed amazingly! Tory had some leftover vouchers for a free award winning steak meal from a local hotel restaurant. I went along with Troy, Sheldon, and the NAIT practicum student.

Yes, everyone else had an actual beer and I had a Root Beer.

On the subject of writing, I felt like I have grown in the writing side. I feel like my writing has changed and molded into the way RD News Now formats their articles. For example; if I’m talking about a group, I say the name in full then put the acronym in brackets. I think this way makes it clear when you mention the group again. I might use that during simulation and in future jobs.

One thing I always try to get better at is lengthening articles. My articles reach around 250-300 words most of the time while some others reach 400-500. I guess it doesn’t really matter if I tell the whole story.

That’s basically the second last week in a nutshell. I also went to the Rebels game on Saturday and hanged out in the commentary booth. I listened to Cam Moon, the play-by-play person commentate the game and learn from him.

Oh yeah, I had a sponsored “Troubled Monk Beer of the Night”, I took one tiny sip and hated it so it went straight in the garbage. At least I looked cool to the commentary team! 😀

Here’s all the stuff I did this week:

#CallforaCause Radiothon is support of Red Deer Hospital

National Farmers Union Climate Change Event

Lacombe County Gate Program

Child Advocacy Centre 50/50 Draw

Crime in Sylvan Lake down, according to RCMP

Olds RCMP charge four people with stolen property, drugs, firearms.

Blind Hockey Battle of Alberta