October 21 kicks off the beginning of Humber’s first fall reading week, but for more than 50 students in the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts, today is one of the biggest media coverage events across the country.
Students across three Humber Journalism programs, two Radio programs, Web Design & Interactive Media and the Broadcast Television/Videography program have volunteered to work on federal election coverage and will be out in the field and in the newsroom reporting on key ridings and the final voting results.
“This collaborative media effort provides students with experiential learning unlike anything they can learn in a classroom. It allows them to practice media skills such as reporting, television, radio, photography, web development and working with data during a major Canadian event where the stakes are high,” says Lara Thais King, journalism program coordinator.
From Etobicoke to Montreal, students are inviting Humber and the wider community to join online discussions throughout the evening and stay in-the-know about election updates and results.
Madison Raye and Druv Sareen are third-year students in the advanced diploma Journalism program and are spending the evening at the Montreal Convention Centre where they will be providing live coverage from the Liberal Leader’s headquarters and also Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau’s riding in Papineau, Montreal.
“We are in the process of applying for internships, and this opportunity is a push in our career,” says Raye. “We are working collaboratively to do live hits for the radio, on-camera pieces and capture Trudeau’s speech all in a real-world setting.”
Raye and Sareen say the opportunity to cover the federal election was not something they could pass on—even if it meant taking away time from their reading week.
Humber students are no stranger to reporting on election coverage. Last year, Humber's Postgraduate Journalism and Web Design and Interactive Media programs provided special Ontario election coverage to humbernews.ca. Students joined forces on a special multi-disciplinary data and mapping project that mirrored modern newsrooms, providing students with a rich hands-on learning experience, building on Humber’s tradition of exploring new learning models to prepare students for industry.
“I covered the provincial election last year and there are a lot of moving pieces but there’s nothing like it. It’s an amazing experience and to be able to do it again and work shoulder-to-shoulder with journalists in the scrum for the federal election is huge,” says Sareen.
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