Prior to earning a staff job at the National Post, I, like many journalists before me, worked as a student reporter. While I was a master’s student, I completed a six-week internship at the Canada’s national newspaper, the Globe and Mail. Meanwhile, I also was a longtime staff member of the Western Gazette, Western University’s student newspaper, wrote for the Western Mustangs website and also contributed to the Western News, the institution’s official publication while earning my degrees.
Globe and Mail
In the winter of 2014, I interned at the Globe and Mail for six weeks. During my time there, I received a crash course in city reporting. From shootings to a massive ice storm to a missing person investigation, I wrote many of the top stories for the national newspaper’s Toronto section during my time there.
Below are a few of my bylines:
Six days into one of the largest storms in Toronto Hydro’s history, there are still nearly 26,000 customers without power. Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said crews continue to work around the clock but it could still be days before power is restored across the city. Subway service on the Yonge-University-Spadina line was shut down for several hours Friday afternoon between Union Station and St. Clair West after the TTC lost power at a number of subway stations. Service was restored shortly before 3 p.m. Read more.
There is still no sign of a 52-year-old Whitby, Ont., man who apparently went for a jog on Monday morning and did not return. The search for Jeffrey Boucher, a father of two and a teacher at Bowmanville High School, continued on Wednesday in the neighbourhood around his home in the north end of Whitby and a wooded conservation area nearby, but his disappearance remains a mystery. Read more.
From the time I was a timid first-year student to the time I was a confident master’s student, I worked at the Western Gazette, the campus newspaper at Western University. Here was where I learned the ins and outs of journalism — from the most rudimentary lessons (always remember to press record) to the complicated dance of questioning politicians (even student ones).
During my time there, I worked as a sports editor, opinions editor and senior editor. Below you can find some of my favourite stories.
Greg Marshall: The real homecoming king
It’s nearly five o’clock, and scattered across TD Waterhouse field, players casually toss the football around. Meanwhile, just inside the clubhouse, the coaches’ room door swings open and Mustangs head coach Greg Marshall embarks on the familiar path towards the centre of the field. Marshall’s brisk stride traverses the field, and yet, with no words at all, the message is clear—practice has begun.
Marshall wants to win. Obviously, this doesn’t set him apart from other football coaches—or any coach for that matter—because every coach has the intention of winning. What sets Marshall apart is he knows how to win.
Longtime cross-country coach Bob Vigars retires
He’s been here 45 years, won 14 national championships—more than any other coach at Western— and made an impact on countless student athletes. But for veteran cross-country coach Bob Vigars, it all started, quite simply, with being in the right place at the right time.
It was 1968 and Vigars had just received his master’s degree from California State at Los Angeles. It was also the height of the Vietnam War, and the Ontario native was told if he gained immigrant status to receive rightful employment in the United States, he would be drafted almost immediately. He considered the army, briefly, until a friend told him he was nuts.
Messy microwave leads to hot pursuit
Students zapping their lunch in the University Community Centre are dealing with a hot mess.
With hardened food residue caked on the interior walls and a rank smell unleashed with the opening of the door, the conditions of the microwave in the UCC are certainly disgusting and students are upset about it.
The microwave, located beside a stairwell in the basement of the building, is currently the only one available for student-use in the entire building.
Former TSN anchors visit Western University
Last May, TSN anchors, turned on-air comedians, turned podcast legends Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole announced they were leaving not just Canada’s sporting network, but also the country itself.
The pair was abandoning the Great White North for the sandy beaches of California vacating their chairs at TSN so they could sit in fresh ones at Fox Sports 1’s new flagship show.
Canadians were devastated — in shock, really. Even Prime Minister Stephen Harper lamented their departure, calling it “the worst play of the day” in a tweet.
The wrath is finally over
This year, there’s been an ongoing joke with The Gazette that I have worked at the newspaper for 100 years. While slightly — okay, very — hyperbolic, the sentiment is truthful. I have been working here for a long time, five years to be exact, the longest tenure of any of the current editors.
I began the journey as a keen sports volunteer, stayed on that path and became sports editor, took a wrong turn and ended up as an opinions editor, found my way again and walked into the role as associate editor and, finally, got lazy, sat down and stayed the associate editor, damnit.
While completing my master’s degree in journalism at Western, I contributed to the univeristy’s official newspaper, the Western News.
If Alex Apanovitch and his team couldn’t solve the company’s problem, people – a lot of people – might have lost their jobs.
The company – a non-disclosure agreement prevents Apanovitch, 24, from revealing its name – was an automotive parts manufacturer in southwestern Ontario struggling with the problem of “excess capacity,” Apanovitch said. Simply put, the company’s contracts with car manufacturers were not being renewed. Lost contracts translated into idle machines, wasted production time, less revenue and, more importantly, layoffs. Apanovitch’s team was tasked with solving this problem while participating in the Ivey Consulting Project.