See you soon! A recap of our year in the BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism Program

The Broadcast and Online Journalism students with one of their incredible instructors Mary Kay Thurston. (Alan Waterman/BCIT News)

It’s been a busy year at our Burnaby studios. We covered everything from the B.C. provincial election, to the fentanyl crisis. We met unique people with innovative ideas throughout the Lower Mainland.

Under the supervision of experienced journalism instructors, we learned the ins and outs of the news industry. We are off for the summer, so to say a little “goodbye for now”, we have put together an overview of some of the stand out moments this semester. Additionally, we want to showcase a few of the many stories that we covered throughout the year.

We learned to use different kinds of equipment and honed our interview skills:

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Broadcasting students after an interview with the Surrey RCMP. (Amar Bains/BCIT News)

We covered the BC provincial election from start to finish, with reporters at each of the candidates headquarters:

We spoke with the people directly affected by the devastating number of fentanyl overdoses this year:

24 year old David Pringle, who died from a drug overdose, with sister Laura. (Laura Pringle)

A huge impact this drug has, is on the families and friends of the lives it takes.

David Pringle died from a fentanyl overdose just a few months ago. He had just turned 24. David’s sister Laura said to this day, she is at a loss of words.

“Fentanyl took David from us,” said Laura. “It was an accident. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Fentanyl is taking people away too early and leaving people everywhere broken hearted from this tragedy.”

 

 

 

We spoke with members of the community who have innovative ideas about how to change the world we live in:

Farmer Jerry Keulen at his Sea Bridge Farm in Ladner. Farm to grid programs like his are part of the initiative to create a zero waste agriculture. (Danielle Carr/BCIT News)

Our reporter Danielle Carr spoke to Jerry Keulen, a farmer that takes advantage of his cows’ excrement. Sea Bridge Farm takes the methane from the manure to create renewable energy. The natural gas produced on the farm is the same as the gas from the ground, the only difference is that it comes from the rear end of a cow.

 

 

 

Faris Abdulwahab says the BC Children’s Hospital gives him the extensive care he needs. (Beth Mariam/BCIT News)

 

 

We met Faris Abdulwahab, the 13 year old Burnaby boy who says he wouldn’t be getting the care he needs if it weren’t for the world class care at Children’s hospital. He was born with osteogenesis, also known as brittle bone disease.  He says if people want to help kids like him, they should support the hospital as much as they can.

 

 

 

 

And Joshua Beharry, the project coordinator for “Heads Up Guys”, a website designed to help men combat mental illness. Beharry connects with men all over the world who want to break the stigma of men facing depression:

The Broadcast and Online Journalism students would like to thank the BCIT faculty and all our readers, listeners, and viewers. We will be back to work this September and are looking forward to sharing more stories and meeting more incredible people throughout the Lower Mainland.

We had the privilege of meeting many industry professionals throughout the semester, like CTV’s Mike Killeen. (Julia Foy/BCIT News)