General Manager and Editor in Chief
Welcome to the 2013 CBC News Joan Donaldson Scholars
2013 CBC News Joan Donaldson Scholars (l to r): Julia Whalen (St. Thomas University), Trinh Theresa Do (Ryerson), Lindsay Sample (UBC), Kate McKenna (King's College), Lucas Powers (UBC), Asha Siad (Mount Royal), Asher Greenberg (Ryerson), Roxanna Woloshyn (Regina), Idil Mussa (Western)
Those chosen for the next phase endure a demanding interview - an excellent experience for any would-be journalist. At that point, the pressure transfers over to me to choose the very best, and to then deliver the good - and not so good - news to all involved. Let's just say that in a world where people guard their emotions in order to present a professional air, I have been privileged to hear both heartfelt cries of joy and sadly, disappointment.
A successful scholar demonstrates intelligence as well as the sophisticated editorial and technical skills to work in our integrated - television, radio, online - environment. Over their four months with us, they are expected to be full members of their teams whether they work at The National, radio news, as multi-platform arts, business or health specialists, and or in one of our newsrooms from Vancouver to St. John's.
I have found that successful scholars also share another intangible quality: optimism. They know that their chosen career won't always be an easy - or perhaps a lucrative - one. But they believe that (especially) in a world of self-proclaimed journalists, they can make a difference by walking in the footsteps of broadcasters like Barbara Frum, Knowlton Nash and Joan Donaldson.
And what happens when the program is over? Some Donaldson Scholars become familiar CBC faces and voices: Connie Walker, Lyndsay Duncombe, Zulekha Nathoo, Deana Sumanac, Catherine Cullen, Hilary Walker, Genevieve Tomney, Jeff Semple, Redmond Shannon, and many who work behind the scenes. And some who find work beyond the CBC.
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