Culture Days and National Broadcast Partner CTV (Bell Media) were thrilled to offer Canadian students the opportunity to participate in the first-ever Student Reporters Internship program in conjunction with the National Congress on Culture held in Winnipeg on May 23 and 24, 2014. Four lucky students participated in a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the CTV Newsroom in Winnipeg and a mentoring session with Marci Ien, co-host of CTV's Canada AM, while covering the Congress. Don't miss out on their reports in this special blog series!
I often watch the news and wonder how the anchors are able to maintain their composure while reading the prompter. As a Student Reporter Intern at the National Congress on Culture, I was able to look into this in great detail. I had the opportunity to speak with the staff at the CTV Winnipeg office, go behind the scenes and learn from the incredible Marci Ien from Canada AM.
The behind the scenes tour of Winnipeg Morning Live made it clear that thousands of details go into producing a one-hour show. Upon entering the control room, I was fascinated by the level of precision and discipline. In order to ensure an error-free show, every second was completely scheduled.
Following this tour, we had the opportunity to discuss the ever-changing newsroom structure. We were reminded of the necessity for journalists to hone their editing, photography and videography skills. We received a realistic account of what it means to be a journalist in the age of increasingly digitalized media.
It didn’t end there. We student reporters were able to have an intimate discussion with the talented Marci Ien. We all brought our notepads, ready to jot down every detail. Instead, we found ourselves too engaged to look down and write. She shared her major experiences as a new journalist and political reporter, as well as her incredible stories from her work with Canada AM. She described the importance of human curiosity and the need to bring in new ideas and challenge the status quo.
Overall, this experience was truly amazing. However, I now find myself watching daily programming and wondering what’s going on behind the scenes in the control room.
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