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Wilfrid Laurier University Laurier Brantford
April 18, 2014
Canadian Excellence



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
  •, The Hour
  • The Sarnia Observer
  • Niagara paper
  • Holmes Magazine
  • Thompson Citizen & Nickel Belt News
  • Slave River Journal
  • Bancroft This Week
  • Niagara This Week


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


 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."