Newsroom reflections: Talking diversity in journalism schools

As of earlier this month, I’m officially a journalism school graduate!

Being in Carleton journalism, I’ve always noticed the lack of diversity in terms of people of colour in the program. Honestly, in my graduating year, I can count less than 20. I’m posting this pretty late, but I had the opportunity to talk about diversity as a j-school student in this excellent audio documentary by my friend Arvin, another fellow 2018 j-school graduate and person of colour. He’s now rocking it as an associate editor for the Xtra, a Canadian queer news source. Check it out!

AUDIO: Co-hosting Charlatan Live

I stepped out of my comfort zone as a section editor for The Charlatan, my university’s independent student newspaper and temporarily stepped into the role of co-host of the newspaper’s radio show with my classmate and friend Emily D’Orazio, since one of the regular hosts, Sydney, was unavailable. I helped write a small part of the show as well.

Check it out by clicking the image below!

Charlatan-live

AUDIO: Hosting Midweek on CKCU 93.1 FM

I had the chance to be a host for Midweek, a current affairs show broadcast across Ottawa and produced by graduate and undergraduate journalism students in their final year of study.

In addition to hosting, for this show, I also co-produced a Q&A piece previewing the 20th anniversary year of the Ottawa International Writers Festival (4:37) and spoke on a report released by Ryerson University on diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (32:07).

Check it out!

AUDIO: Potential podcast pilot – Diaspora Dialogues: Gold and Trains

I created this short radio piece for my final history project, and I really enjoyed researching, narrating, and editing together this little mini-episode. I’m hoping this is the beginning of a bigger project, as I’ve had the idea for a podcast featuring people’s migration stories for a while. Have a listen, and I hope you learn a little something about a little-told part of Canadian history!

PHOTO: Lindy hopping on Elgin Street – A glimpse of Ottawa’s swing dance community

On the night of Jan. 25, LIVE on Elgin, a downtown performance venue, came alive with Oxford shoes, twirling skirts, and fast-paced jazz beats, as local swing dance group Bytown Swing hosted a community dance night.

While smaller than its Toronto and Montréal counterparts, Ottawa’s swing dance community is vibrant and active, as seen from one Wednesday night. Dancers of all ages and varied skill levels came to jitterbug and lindy hop to the fast-paced beats of ragtime and swing jazz.

Swing dance is a category of partner dance originating from the 1920s Jazz Age. It was developed alongside the popularization of ragtime and jazz music up until the 1940s. There are many variations of swing dance, with the most popular being the Lindy Hop, a swing dance that emerged from Harlem during the era of 1940s jazz. It’s a fast-paced dance style often involving swinging, flipping, and throwing of dancers.

Take a glimpse into a night out swing dancing in the following photos!