Journalism Mentorship at the Edmonton Journal

This coming Thursday, May 5th I will have officially been part of a Mentorship program at the Edmonton Journal, for a month. It’s terribly cliché but time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve been having a ball!  I’ve met so many great new people already and begun to learn from them. This is what I envisioned a Mentorship opportunity at the Journal to be. My expectations have been met, and then some, it seems.

So far I’ve been engulfed by election information but with that over soon, I can’t wait to see what I will be doing next. Having no idea when this opportunity might reach its completion (in a utopia world, it never would!), I am determined to take every assignment seriously and learn, and do, as best I can. Though I know, my journey through this Mentorship program, would not be as smooth as it has been so far, if not for the great support and guidance from my mentor, Karen Unland. She’s not been the only great supporter either. I’ve felt welcome right from the start. I’ve been able to get advice from various journalists at the newspaper.

Just the other day, I spoke with a few of the journalists who I have met during my time at the Journal. I was given some great advice on going out in search of a good story to report, or write about. Ladies such as Elise Stolte and Candace Elliott, and Paula Simons are just three of the journalists I look to, for advice. Thank you ladies!

Though, I have made other acquaintances at the Journal. Yep, my time at the Journal is definitely much more enjoyable, and educational, thanks to the guidance and patience of a lot of people.

In no particular order…. thanks to – Iain Ilich, Lucas Timmons, Paula Simons, Candace Elliott, Elise Stolte and Karen Unland.

Of course, I’d be terribly remiss if I were to forget Lucinda Chodan, the editor-in-chief. Thanks all, for making me feel welcome. I look forward to learning and growing as a rookie journalist. See you all Thursday!

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