Journalism news and notes - June 2013

Journalism welcomes Erin Carroll and David Armstrong to the program

Erin CarrollWith the April retirement of Dave Mills, the journalism program welcomed two new colleagues into the mix.  FIMS’ new Technical Manager, Erin Carroll, joined the team on March 1, 2013. Erin comes to FIMS with more than 25 years of professional experience as a broadcast editor, specializing in online editing and creative storytelling, and in post-production management.  For the past 14 years she has been a senior editor and manager with Post Production Digital, Inc., Toronto, and before that she spent 13 years with CBC television, where she worked in video editing and post production for many of the most prominent programs on CBC Newsworld; for the National; and for CBC Current Affairs, CBC Sports, and Network Communications.

David ArmstrongDavid Armstrong joined FIMS as of May 1 in the role of Broadcast Production Assistant. David will be working Wednesday and Thursdays, and will be assisting in the broadcast studios. David has a Television Broadcasting Diploma and Digital Post Production Certificate from Fanshawe College and was recently working in the Interdisciplinary Media Centre as a Multimedia Technical Assistant.

Western Journalism ReportJournalism program launches the Western Journalism Report
This academic year saw the launch of the Western Journalism Report.  The website, which was designed and built by FIMS faculty member Mark Rayner, is intended to showcase the class work being produced by MAJ students. The publication will be student-run and populated, and will include print stories, as well as audio, video and graphics from the television and radio streams.

Paul Benedetti a finalist for 2013 ONA

Paul Benedetti, MAJ Program Coordinator, was a finalist for a 2013 Ontario Newspaper Award.  He competed for the Joan May Memorial Award for Column Writing.  In assessing Paul’s work, Judge Jim Coyle said: "Paul Benedetti's highly personal reflections on the season of life and the phases of family succeed in identifying the universal in his own particulars. The Hamilton Spectator columnist moodily plumbs the deep joys and sorrows of everyday life, family traditions and inevitable change. Most of all, he understands that the most compelling of human experiences are best told in the simplest language."