I’ve been here for a little over two months now, and in many ways I feel like this is home. As I settled in, I became more comfortable with my surroundings and began to appreciate Canadian lifestyle. I’m in awe of all the wonderful things that people have done for me, and I can’t say enough good things about the people who I worked with at CTV. I chose to use the word “with” because I included in a team that was highly praised during the games. I was given responsibilities, duties and tasks that were integral to the newsroom. I was encouraged to do new things, pitch new ideas and make a difference. I feel that I left an impact. I was adapted to things rapidly and am proud of my accomplishments. I must say, things were not always easy. I received constructive criticism for minor things, many relating to border differences. It was the small stuff though, and I learned from each of these instances. I learned many terms that we don’t use in the states. I was exposed to people who were brilliant. I learned how to tell a story, not chase an ambulance. I learned how to research and chase down stories. I learned how to talk to publicists, in a way that the station benefitted. I can’t put all of the learning experiences on paper, their are simply too many. I can noticeably tell a difference in my news writing skills. I went out with several of my colleagues who I am very grateful for. They made this transition much easier and pushed me each day to get better at what I am doing. I was working with the best, and they were willing to share secrets that take years to discover.
It is hard to come up with words to say how great my experience with CTV was. I’ve become a better journalist, and a more well rounded person after my professional internship.
All The Best,