As we come up to the last edition of the season I remember the first few when my story pitches did not make sense.
By Preeteesh Peetabh Singh
As we come up to the last edition of the season I remember the first few when my story pitches did not make sense. I had no idea what I was talking about when I once pitched a story on coffee drinking habits of Canadians. To which I got a reply from my editor “Everybody likes coffee, I like coffee, but I don’t think people would want to read about it in a newspaper!”
Since then I have covered some hardcore news, campus stories, sports, profiles, features, business, events and arts. Basically I was all over the place, but was it worth it? Absolutely. Learning to communicate and communicating to learn will be the two things I would take out from my experience working with The Dialog.
Some of the highlights in my short span in the media will be working with renowned journalists like Bill Gillespie, meeting bigwigs such as Marty Gervais and Shawn Micallef; getting published in the Canada University Press, Canada Media Guild and also CWA Canada; and winning the Reporter Of The Year Award.
There were other privileges too. The press access card was my personal favourite which gave me access to media conferences, events, priority seating and of course free food!
I would encourage students coming in the fall to involve themselves more with their own campus newspaper and work their guts out to make The Dialog one of the best campus and community newspapers in Canada.