As we exited our bus,
the air buzzed with the excitement of having left the suburbia of Millwoods and
journeyed towards our downtown destination. We were now “live on the scene”. After a group photo in the atrium, our week
began the same way it would end, with five flights of stairs.
Our initial tour of the
facility turned out to be a journey through time. As we explored our
surroundings we travelled back in time and learned about the first types of
We learned about the Journal’s founding (thank you John
Macpherson, Arthur Moore and J.W. Cunningham), we visited the photo and print
archives and experienced the past directly. We then jumped ahead to the present
day and saw the newsroom and other work spaces. Warping into the future, we
learned about the direction of the new Journal format and platforms. We
ended our day exploring works by the award winning political cartoonist, one of
our class’ favorites, Malcolm Mayes.
|Tour stop by the Linotype machine|
Bzzzzzzzzzz! The morning
of our second day, we transformed ourselves into tiny flies. Landing on various
walls around the building we spent time learning about many of the jobs done at
the Journal. With our trusty reporter’s notepads we carefully recorded details
pertaining to the job descriptions and experiences of the Gastropost editor
Brittney LeBlanc, columnist Paula Simons, Community Manager of Capital Ideas
Sam Brooks and reporter Chris Zdeb. That afternoon we flew over to the CKUA
radio building and found out the workings of a radio station.
From music to
reporting we saw it all through our many lensed eyes. To round off our day we
explored the Shaw Convention center and observed the construction of the
Crashed Ice course, amazingly, it actually wrapped itself around the building!
Wednesday saw us hit the
streets. We toured many interesting areas around the city center and spent time
at the award winning Stanley Milner Library. We perused newspapers from across
the country and around the globe. We looked at the Art around the building and
explored the amazing EPL Makerspace. Can you believe a library can also have a
green screen, a recording booth, programming and gaming computers along with 3D
Using the amazing pedway system, we traversed the many downtown
streets and made our way to the Hudson Bay’s parkade where we had an incredible
view of the new arena being constructed.
|Construction of Rogers Place|
After resting our feet over a well-deserved
lunch, we concluded our busy day by interviewing the Journal’s Sports
Craig Ellingson. We found out that putting together a section for a newspaper
sure takes a lot of teamwork.
The morning of our
penultimate day we rode the main line of our LRT for 35 minutes from Century
Park all the way to Clareview.
On our way back to get to the Legislature, we
stopped by to visit the great Wayne Gretzky (or at least his statue). Our tour
of the Legislature with our informative and hilarious guide Will, provided us
with much gained knowledge. From observing the original location of Fort
Edmonton to discovering that our province is named after Princess Louise
Caroline Alberta we learned a lot, all under the watchful gaze of the King and
Queen. We even learned that maces and plumbing have their part in lawmaking.
|Century Park kiss'n ride to LRT|
|Will and Princess Louise Caroline Alberta|
Our final day saw us
take on the role of “fly on the wall,” once again. Delving into the minds of
Randy Collins the Linotype and advertising expert, Editor-in-Chief Margo
Goodhand, Andrea Sands news reporter and Shaughn Butts photojournalist, we
learned even more about what it takes to make a newspaper run. Finally, we
looked at how people, places and events around Edmonton fit onto an historical
Descending our mountain
of stairs, we began reflecting on the many experiences that comprised our
amazing week. Wherever we go in the future we will keep our eyes and ears open
because we know that we are always “Live
On The Scene”.
|Descending the stairs|