CBC Vancouver's Junior J-School is Back January 23!

This is the opportunity of the year for high school students - a free, one-day workshop discussing key lessons in journalism, presented by award-winning CBC journalists.

Calling all future journalists!

CBC Vancouver is pleased to welcome 350 students in grades 10, 11 and 12 to our studios at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre for Junior J-School on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016.

This one-day workshop will give students exclusive access to a journalism curriculum taught by some of the most successful, veteran, award-winning CBC journalists – as they learn about topics such as International Reporting, Crafting an Interview, Investigative Reporting, Journalism in a Digital World, and more. Students will leave the day with a fresh insight on the changing world of journalism and inspirational stories direct from the journalists who lived them.

This year's line up features Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Rick Cluff, Andrew Chang, Erica Johnson, Johanna Wagstaffe, Gloria Macarenko, Lien Yeung and more. 

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Schedule for the Day:

9:00 – 9:45 am: Registration

9:50 am: Junior J-school begins! 

Host: Johanna Wagstaffe, Senior Meteorologist, CBC Vancouver News

9:55 am: Welcome Address

Johnny Michel, Senior Managing Director, CBC BC and Alberta

10:00 am: Peek into the World of International Reporting

Adrienne Arsenault, Senior Correspondent, The National

Dodging mild mortar attacks, getting detained by government officials, covering hot topics like ISIS – it's all in a day's work for Adrienne. This session will help student journalists to gain insight in the field of international reporting for CBC, how to hone research and what kinds of organizational and technical skills are necessary.

10:45 am: How to Write the Next Award-Winning Story

Shiral Tobin, Executive Producer, Current Affairs

Many different types of stories make it on television, radio and on-line, and many more stories are often never heard about (we know you must know a few of these!) What makes a story news-worthy – not just news?

11:15 am: Journalism Goes Viral using New Media

Lisa Johnson, Digital Journalist 

Mike Laanela, Online Reporter/Editor 

Tamara Baluja, Social Media Presenter

To #igers (Instagrammers), social and digital technologies are a part of daily life and they are also part of daily life in a news room. Digital technologies have transformed the way journalists cover a story and the information they need to collect to communicate the story to the public. How does this affect the skill set of up and coming student journalists? This panel will tell it all!

11:55 am – 12:40 pm: LUNCH (provided)

Check out CBC digital and chat with our camera operators

12:40 pm: In the Hot Seat – How to Keep Your Cool when News Breaks

Andrew Chang, Host, CBC Vancouver News at 6pm

Imagine being on live TV when tragedy strikes? How would you handle it? In Andrew's career covering the anchor desk he has had many occasions of maintaining control while the cameras are rolling. This topic will touch on what is it like to anchor breaking news without script and what skills students need to accomplish the task.

1:20 pm: How to Uncover the Secrets behind the Story

Erica Johnson, Reporter, CBC Go Public (previous Host of CBC marketplace)

Natalie Clancy, Reporter, CBC Investigates, CBC Vancouver News

Intrigue, injustice, cold cases… these are the stories many journalists live for! Students will learn which skills and techniques are necessary to develop sources, conduct research and interviews, and how to use public records to dig deep.

2:05 – 2:15 pm: BREAK

2:15 pm: Political Reporting – Learn How to Tell Stories about Scandals, Intrigue and Elections

Rosemary Barton, Host, Power & Politics

How does a journalist craft analytical, informative, contextual and balanced stories on politics? Is politics anything like House of Cards? Rosemary will share her insights with students and give an idea of what it is like to work on the Hill.

3:00 pm: The Art of Getting People to Talk

Rick Cluff, Host, The Early Edition

Gloria Macarenko, Host, B.C. Almanac and Our Vancouver

Interviewing is one of the most important skills a journalist should have. This session will highlight how to plan and execute a successful interview and how to coax people to share more.

3:35 pm: People's Choice!

Karen Burgess, Executive Producer, CBC Vancouver News

Followers on Periscope and Twitter will be able to choose the subject for the last session using Twitter vote – get ready to make your choice.

4:00 pm: Congratulations you've completed Junior J-school

Meet and greet, photo ops – additional Q&As