Modern Day Jack-Of-All-Trades

work and coffeeLast week, I attended a four-day, annual, national student journalism conference called NASH 77 hosted by the Canadian University Press and the University of Ottawa’s The Fulcrum, in the glowing heart of the country.

Throughout the plethora of skill-building workshops, inspiring keynotes (CBC’s Peter Mansbridge and CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme), fascinating roundtables, inevitable networking, fancy dinners and social events, there was one recurring theme that stood out to me most: in this day and age, you need to have the whole package. Continue Reading

Back to the 70’s


The excellent performers stepped up on the stage in the auditorium to strut their respective stuff. Allow me to take you back to the early 70s.

The representative from Television led off with sights and sounds trumpeting the virtues of the tube. He raved about the coming of age for television. Celebrities such as Walter Cronkite were riding high. Network television was in its prime.

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The Teachings of Mr. Elmer

image source: Nic McPhee

Image source: Flickr user Nic McPhee

The six of us sat around the dinner table in his spacious apartment. Mr. Elmer treated us, his journalism students, to lunch before we went on our separate ways. We were the last graduating class as Mohawk College was phasing out the journalism program. For a few hours, the demure professor played the host competently.
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