Two success stories -- Centennial Journalism grads make good

Skills you learn in journalism school can take you to places you probably hadn't expected.

Graduate Mike Crisolago sent a lovely email last week to tell us he is working full time (with benefits!)  at Hostopia managing their photography and imaging needs, using skills he learned in photojournalism class.
Mike Crisolago (l), Michelle Nash, Meghan Housely at Centennial College.

A versatile student (that's him on the left during orientation at Centennial with Michelle Nash and Meghan Housley) with a background in theatre, Mike's piece about 20 books every tween and teen should read, was mentioned in the  New Yorker. Now that story he wrote, while on internship with Canadian Family, has been nominated for the Canadian Online  Publishing Awards.

His story is category 8 in the finalists. The award is announced October 20th. 
Go Mike!
In his spare time, Mike is freelancing for Canadian Family, and Quill and Quire, making slideshows, plus maintaining his own personal portfolio page, and he is doing his thing one year out of j-school.

Mike writes:

I just wanted to write to let you all know because none of the above would ever have come to pass without the education, guidance and support of the Centennial staff. So a huge THANK YOU to all of you! All the best for this school year! I hope the students at the school now appreciate the opportunities that are about to open to them.

Another email came this week from graduate Stephen Humphrey.

Stephen Humphrey

Sarah Peebles
Stephen graduated two years ago,  also from the Centennial post-graduate journalism program. A poet, writer and radio host, Stephen is now producing photography work and videos about bees-- not honey bees but solitary bees and wasps. Some of this work is being done in collaboration with a Toronto performance artist Sarah Peebles, who is making music using the sounds of bees and wasps. He's been watching and learning about bees at the Toronto Zoo as well as in the artist's studio, and Steve was a writer in residence at Guelph.

He also got stung in the face while photographing a beehive this summer!

Sarah Peebles' bee recording computer

 He writes:   I'm stretching what you taught me as far as I can right now. Thanks for opening my mind to possibilities. 

Check out his work at:

Leafcutter bee (Megachile relativa) builds a brood cell August 14, 2010:
Leafcutter bee (Megachile relativa) cleans house:
Preening Agepostemon bee: the sequel:
A tale of two resin bees in Toronto July 18, 2010:
Solitary bee June 17, 2010:

You guys made my week!

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