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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
April 18, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

Alumni



Employment

Graduates of Laurier Brantford's Digital Media and Journalism program have been hired for positions at various news outlets, including:

  • The Brantford Expositor
  • Sun Media, Sun News Network
  • CBC.ca, The Hour
  • The Sarnia Observer
  • Niagara paper
  • Holmes Magazine
  • Thompson Citizen & Nickel Belt News
  • Slave River Journal
  • Bancroft This Week
  • Niagara This Week

Awards

Alumni have also received and/or been nominated for various awards, including:

  • The Ontario Community Newspaper Awards
  • The Ontario Newspaper Awards
  • The Canadian Association of Journalists Annual Awards

Testimonials

 Brenden Woodrow, Class of 2012

"I started my journalism education with a passion for breaking news, and an obsessive demand to learn more of covering stories. The courses offered at Wilfrid Laurier University in the journalism program were structured in a way that helped me build my understanding of journalistic knowledge and ethics, while maintaining its integrity. My first two years I focused solemnly on my print writing skills, attention to detail, and sometimes short/long descriptive writing. From covering basic news articles, city council meetings, or long magazine style feature stories, my abilities to turn an idea from basic facts into a well narrated story became a common practice. Following my second year, an introductory to broadcast journalism was implemented, and it was then I realized the thrill of live television news was where I belonged. I studied hard, succeeded in my courses, and was accepted into Conestoga College the following year as part of the joint program with Laurier Brantford.

"While at Conestoga, I learned all aspects of video journalism: shooting video, editing, hosting, reporting, producing, and writing my own broadcast scripts. As students, we worked on 519 Online News covering weekly news stories in the Kitchener/Waterloo region which were broadcast online around the world; we also worked alongside Rogers TV Kitchener producing our own show. I finished my year at Conestoga by interning with CTV News Channel in Toronto for two months as an Editorial Assistant.

"Upon my return to Laurier in my final year, I decided that because I had excelled at the video aspect of journalism, I wanted to end the final 'Journalism Project' with a compelling, human element story that took a lot of research, interviewing, and statistical facts to write. I graduated with honours, and set out into the media world.

"Since graduating, I freelanced wit Sun News Network in Toronto for 10 months as a Chase Producer, Video Editor, and News Writer. I was then offered a full-time position on a new program as a Chase/Associate Producer, and currently still hold this position."