Journalism students visit Canada AM

By Isaac Thornley, Communications – Professional Writing Student

During the most recent federal election campaign, Centennial Journalism students were given the opportunity to attend live broadcasts of Canada AM to meet national party leaders Justin Trudeau, Thomas Mulcair and Elizabeth May.

Students sat in the audience and prepared questions for the leaders ahead of time. Several students’ questions, those selected by the show’s producers, were posed to the party leaders. Students met the leaders, experienced the production of the show first hand, took a tour of the studio, and were required to write a news story based on how the leaders responded to the questions.

“It’s important for our students to get exposure outside of the classroom,” says Tim Doyle, Program Coordinator and professor of journalism at Centennial. “We developed a relationship with a media partner, our students got some experience, and there are some tangible benefits.”

In addition to the program’s visit during the election, four journalism students will be starting their field placements at Canada AM in 2016.

This story originally appeared in Issue 2 of Storyteller, the newsletter of the School of Communications, Media and Design.