Junior J-School 2016: A chance for all to gain a new perspective
'We bring the experience, they bring the perspective,' says CBC Vancouver host Andrew Chang
CBC's Andrew Chang and Gloria Macarenko say their participation in youth journalism events are more than just an opportunity for students to learn.
The veteran journalists welcome events like Junior J-School which provide a window into fresh perspectives from a younger audience.
"It's for the next generation to show us how they approach news and what concerns they have about how journalism is changing," said Chang, the host of CBC Vancouver News.
"We bring the experience, they bring the perspective."
On January 23, more than 300 senior high school students from across the Lower Mainland will gather at CBC Vancouver's Junior J-School to learn about the industry from experienced CBC journalists.
In addition to Chang and Macarenko, presenters include Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Rick Cluff, Erica Johnson, Johanna Wagstaffe, Lien Yeung and more.
"It's a good thing," said B.C. Almanac's Macarenko, who has coached and nurtured dozens of young journalists.
"I'm interested in sharing interview techniques — comparing and contrasting it with Rick [Cluff's] advice. I host an open line show. There's only so much you can plan for."
Macarenko will be sharing the spotlight on Saturday with The Early Edition's Rick Cluff during a panel called "The Art of Getting People to Talk."
She said it's an environment that keeps her job interesting and fast-paced — insight she'll pass along to students.
"You can't just be a journalist in one medium anymore," said Barton. "And you have to be willing to work quickly while still getting the story right. It's a challenge."
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Chang will share his advice on maintaining control when news breaks in the midst of a live broadcast.
With the growing number of people who consume their news online, the television anchor says he believes "more rigour than ever" is needed when it comes to the accelerating pace of journalism.
"It's our generation — and the next generation's challenge — to balance the whole question of accuracy versus immediacy," he said.