Saturday, February 9, 2013

Lingerie model, Blue Jays, and covering a sex orgy: All in a day for Centennial Journalism students

We all know that SEO (Search Engine Optimization) means you have to put searchable key words into your news stories and headlines, so that people will easily find your stories on your news site.  Put in the term Justin Bieber, and you are guaranteed more hits. Put in x-rated terms, and watch the analytics statistics skyrocket even more.

But we  didn't have to make anything up for the SEO headline in this latest news post about Centennial Journalism.
Ashley Diana Morris (courtesy Vancouver Province)

That's because the new photos of Centennial Sports Journalism grad Ashley Diana Morris are among the most viewed on Google these days. She has been doing a flurry of media interviews and photo shoots after being discovered and named Guess Lingerie and Bikini's newest international model.  The blond Scarborough native now lives in Vancouver, where she moved after graduation from Centennial to work as an intern at CTV. She did want to be a journalist, but her naturally stunning curves and smile are taking her in a completely different direction. 

At Guess, Morris will be following in the footsteps of supermodel Claudia Schiffer. Here's what the Guess campaign looks like.



Threeyear journalism grad
Adam Bemma spent time in January working for Ghana’s Pravda radio
during the country’s recent elections, where he got to interview, among others, former UN Secretary
General Kofi Annan. Here's the link for one of his radio broadcasts.

And here are some photos from his Facebook page.
Adam Bemma interviewing Ghanaians in Accra. (courtesy Adam Bemma)

Adam Bemma in Accra, Ghana (courtesy Facebook)


CTV Canada AM co-host Marcie Ien visited Lindy Oughtred’s advanced interviewing class on Thursday Feb. 7, 2013. Ien also sits on the Journalism school’s Program Advisory Committee.
CTV Canada AM co host Marci Ien at Centennial Journalism  (Mark Cadiz/Photo)

Scarborough Observer and Page Design instructor Andrew Mair and his family had to flee their home after a massive January 27 weekend fire.  The Mairs were among 35 people who had to be evacuated from the townhouse complex. No one was hurt. He says the family was moved to the Westin Prince Hotel by their insurance company, a spot which his kids loved because there is a candy store in the lobby.


Overheard in the newsroom:

Student was covering the University of Toronto's sex orgy event: “I did record two minutes of background sound of moaning, but should I use it all the way through the radio piece? “


Jerry Howarth, Blue Jays play by play announcer, with Sports Journalism coordinator Malcolm Kelly (Ellin Bessner/photo)
The voice of the Toronto Blue Jays for more than 30 years, Jerry Howarth visited students at Centennial Sports Journalism last week.  Howarth has held that play-by-play role since 1982.  He worked together with the late American Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster Tom Cheek in the Blue Jays booth until Cheek died of cancer in 2004.  Until the end of the 2012 season, he worked with Alan Ashby.
Read former Centennial Journalism professor John Lott's story on Howarth's recent award by the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.

Centennial Journalism internship supervisor and Internet Radio Station coordinator Jules Elder has been receiving a lot of congratulations lately. The long time journalist and professor has retired from the news room at OMNI Television after 15 years. Elder says he will spend more time at Centennial and take courses in improving his command of social media.   Prior to joining OMNI Television, he was managing editor of Share Newspaper, which he helped to launch. He is a former columnist for the Toronto Sun and freelance contributor for Radio Canada International. Elder is a member of the Canadian Association of Black Journalists and the Canadian Ethnic Media Association. 

Friday, February 1, 2013

How I covered the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster 10 years ago this week

My NASA press pass to Cape Canaveral 2003
I can't believe it's been 10 years already since I was on vacation in Florida with my mother when we saw on CNN that the space shuttle Columbia had broken up over the southern United States. Ten years ago this week, we didn't have Twitter or Facebook and we didn't have smart phones. You just got into your car, and went to the scene at Cape Canaveral and did your best to cover the story. Which is what I did, for CTV News Net (that's what it was called in those days).

Here is the account I wrote for the Canadian Association of Journalists' Media Magazine of my Columbia diary, in 2003.  Go to P.24 in the PDF. Or read it here.