On October 30 2008, journalism student Tevy Pilc and his classmates got to tour the headquarters of Canadian Press, on King Street in Toronto. They heard from Tamsyn Burgmann, the reporter who interviewed Abby Cadabby of Sesame Street, Wendy McCann, Ontario bureau chief, the photo editor, and got a tour of the facilities. Here is his personal account of the trip, from his blog.
Last Thursday (October 30th), our class got to visit Toronto headquarters of the Canadian Press, or as my prof calls them : “Canadian media royalty.” Two words come to mind from this trip:
Fascinating & Overwhelming.
Why fascinating? Whatever your occupation/niche/favourite hobby may be, imagine getting the chance to go visit the top producer/performer/institution of that field. Or just picture how excited the class nerd might feel when told his class was going on a field trip to the science centre/observatory (he’ll need two big puffs of his inhaler just to regain normal breathing). That’s kind of how it was for me. I was pretty psyched to go. Well maybe I’m over-exaggerating but as a wannabe journlalist, it was very cool to go see an all-out, top of the line newsroom.
Overwhelming? Try this: While walking around the newsroom, my imaging professor pointed out the shower to us. That’s right, the shower. These people work so hard that sometimes so much time flies by that you gotta freshen up @ some point. I wonder where they keep the cots? Beds would take up too much space and money.
I guess my point is that it seems like work is life to the people who work there. Here’s a setting where people have honed their skills to the point where they are capable of handling the over-bearing levels of work. And certainly they wouldn’t be working there unless they didn’t enjoy it (another important life lesson). Seeing those kind of qualities is something I can look at, admire and aspire to be able to maintain that kind of work ethic one day