Growing up, I used to enjoy staying up late watching The National on CBC whenever I visited my grandparents. Of course, I enjoyed it because I got to stay up late more than to watch the news, but every night, my grandparents trusted Knowlton Nash enough to welcome him into their living room.
I continued watching The National into my adulthood. I came to trust Peter Mansbridge just as my grandparents trusted his predecessor. Then I got high speed internet and a PVR. I have unfettered access to news and do not have to wait for Peter to tell me about the day’s events.
There is no denying that technology has changed journalism and the media forever, and the ability of a journalist to convey the news in a way that gains the trust of his or her audience is a skill that is all the more important in this endless stream of information. It appears this is a skill taught very well at the U of S. Even without a school of journalism, a lot of journalistic paths go through the U of S.
In this issue of the Green and White we’ll tell of the paths of a few U of S alumni involved in the media and journalism.
We’ll introduce you to Margaret Weiers (BA’49, DLitt’10), a well respected woman who wants to be known first and foremost as a journalist instead of the labels—albeit appropriate ones—others gave her.
Find out how doodling in the margins during calculus paid off for Brian Gable (BA’70), an editorial cartoonist with the Globe and Mail.
Murray Campbell (BA’70) shares how a stint at The Sheaf led to his career in journalism.
Join the conversation among brothers Jeff (BA’82, Arts’85) and Mark (MA’96) Rogstad and fellow alumnus, writer and film maker, Craig Silliphant (BA’99), during their chat at the local CTV studio.
Read part of a conversation I had with Wadena’s most famous media mogul turned Canadian Senator, Pamela Wallin (BA’74), in this issue’s Q&A.
Trust me, you’ll enjoy reading this issue.