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!
Marci started off the conversation by talking about how she first got her start in television. Believe it or not, Marci's big break came in the form of her appearance on a children’s show. Through her participation in that show, Marci became more exposed to and interested in the broadcasting world.
One of Marci's first major stories as a reporter was the tragic 1998 plane crash of Swissair Flight 111 in Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. Marci told us that she and her crew spent four days covering the scene. She also explained how her team made respecting the victims' families a priority; her crew offered family members a chance to talk about their loved ones. It was an experience she said she would never forget.
Marci then went on to answer our questions for her. One of the first questions we asked was about the skills we would need to succeed as journalists. Marci replied, “Strong writing. Get rid of the flowery words.” She also said that finding out more about the people that you’re planning to interview is essential, because it allows you to learn more about them and to come up with questions that they may never have been asked before.
We also asked Marci about the interviews she had done, including some with celebrities. She told stories about interviewing Hugh Jackman (she almost made him tear up when she asked him about his kids), Quincy Jones and Nikki Yanofsky.
The day ended with all the student reporters getting photos (many of them!) taken with Marci on the rooftop sculpture garden at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Talking to Marci was definitely an experience I won't soon forget!
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