Award Winner!

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John Greyson and Tarek Loubani return to Toronto. Credit: A. Fernandes

This morning I was notified by my program coordinator that I was the recipient of two Digital Media Gold Circle Awards with the Colombia Scholastic Press Association: one in the breaking news category, and another with the secondary news category!

I’m super proud of both pieces, especially since I worked with fantastic people for each piece.

Kiah Welsh and I spent a very long time working on a big data journalism piece: a comprehensive, interactive senate expense scandal timeline. It took a lot of work and research, but it turned out great.

Epse Currie, Andrea Fernandes and I busted it at Pearson International Airport when John Greyson and Tarek Loubani returned home after being held in Egypt for fifty days. We were brushing elbows with the national media, or in some cases, accidentally walked in front of the camera in the middle of a stand-up. 😉

Congratulations to all the award winners, but especially the Humber students and grads!


Hurtin’ Albertan: The Intern Edition

I tip my hat and it’s good to be back on mountain standard time

I’ve been back in Alberta for the past three weeks, working at Global Edmonton as part of my course credit for school. Six weeks at 40 hours a week = 240 hours. Tagging along with reporters and helping out on their stories. Getting interviews for VO clips and writing the stories. Pitching, researching and chasing. Helping cover the assignment desk.


Mural on the East side of Global. – k.barnes

In the past three weeks, I’ve learned how to use ENPS (we use iNews/Burli at school) and a bit of Aurora Browse/Edit. I helped out with grabbing interviews and research on “AB Budget Day” at the Legislature and was embargoed– what a day! I was also in the newsroom during the multiple stabbings on the West End. Watching our chopper coverage of the police chase was incredible!


Tom Vernon interviewing Wildrose leader Danielle Smith at Budget Day in the rotunda. -k.barnes

Still three weeks to go: I’ll be spending more time with the producers, the online team and working on the morning show (overnights!). I can’t wait. 🙂

VJ-ing the weather

Other than some bad luck getting started on Thursday, I had a great time VJ-ing the weather! It was definitely tricky not having any help with running the camera, or self-filming, but at least editing was easy. *WHEW!*

I tried my best to make the weather segment more than just reading the “Five Day Weather Forecast”– weather has colour and big picture predictions. I tried to add that into my script, but it’s hard when you only have 50 seconds max.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Humber News: Weather Camera/Audio

This week brought the surprisingly fun combo of weather camera (morning) and audio technician (afternoon).  The day is kept rather busy on this double duty.

Weather Team: Feb 5-7. Jon Mace (reporter) and Kateryna Barnes (camera).

Weather Team: Feb 5-7. Jon Mace (reporter) and Kateryna Barnes (camera). The blizzard made for a fun first day. 🙂 Photo by K.Barnes

1) Weather Camera– film tease, report and credit roll. Try for pretty nature shots.
2) Edit– film tease, report and credit roll. Add weather board from CG. Hand over to VTR.
3) Food break, if lucky.
4) Audio control booth for Sports and Entertainment pre-tapes. Hope that you can see what happens next on the teleprompter’s screen in front of you.
5) Possible secondary food break if the first didn’t happen. Chances are, this one won’t happen either.
6) First show record. Usually a little calmer than pre-tapes, but rolling music, mikes and pretapes all at the same time makes me wish I had a third arm. Also, don’t forget to hit record!
7) Definite 1/2 hour break. It’s 2:30 pm by this point.
8) Final show.

It’s hectic indeed, but so far, a lot of fun! I definitely like weather camera a bit more, but part of that has to do with the time I get to spend with one of my favourite people in the program, Jon Mace. He’s a very cool cat and you should check out his over-night traffic reports on 680 News; trust me, his voice is the perfect definition of dulcet tones.

[Update] Here are the weather reports by Jon and I:

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014

Humber News: Anchoring…

Not my first choice, unlike many of my classmates. I really just wanted more writing experience, and my prof Joy Crysdale listened and “raised” the bet, much to my surprise. I was the anchor assigned to the national news beat; my co-host extraordinare Corey (aka “Bring the fear Weir”) wrote international news. We definitely had some stressful and hectic days, but we survived intact, even if I was up at 5 a.m. both Thursday and Friday.

Still, I could not have asked for a better bud on the anchor desk, a more superb studio director (Josh), or fantastic camera techs/hair-fixers (Espe and Hugh).

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Rest of each day’s shows after the jump.

Humber News: Report Team

With a lot less technical hiccups, Kiah and I got two more reports to air! It was a pretty slow news week at Humber, but we made due with our assignments. I’m so happy I was paired with Kiah; we made a great team!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Friday, January 24, 2014

Parts two and three should be available after each jump.

Food blogging: Apple-Chicken-Potato-Kale Soup

Yes, I do really need to come up with a better name for the soup.

Photo by K.Barnes

Photo by K.Barnes

It’s a variation of the fantastic soup recipe that the Toronto Star’s Jennifer Bain breaks down here and in the Toronto Star Cookbook (worth the purchase).  The soup is one of my favourite recipes in the cookbook, but I thought it might be fun to try out a few variations

I generally follow Bain’s recipe, except today I made a couple small changes:

  • 1 full cup of apple juice, replacing some of the broth (short on broth)
  • Corridor Sausage’s Vietnamese Chicken Sausage (Detroit, I miss your food!)
  • a few slices of ginger, to season the broth
  • a teaspoon-ish of Chili Garlic Sauce in the broth
  • roast the potatoes, onions and garlic in the oven, because I’m lazy; I also leave the skin on the potatoes
  • about half a can of corn (leftover from yesterday)

The soup still looks the same as Bain’s recipe, but it tastes a fair bit different. Either way, both soups are very tasty, and this gives me something to do on my days off.

Goodbye, Radio Humber…

After 35 live @Humber shows, one evening special, numerous newscasts and many more adventures, my tenure in Advanced Radio is over. As a recap of the semester, here’s some of the bigger moments.

Most fun story: Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary

Best Chase:  Toronto City Councillor James Pasternak, Ward 10, after Mayor Ford admitted earlier that day to using cocaine

Hardest story to cover: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Most nostalgic interview: Dave Feschuk on his and Michael Grange’s new book on Steve Nash

Most moving interview (tie): White Ribbon with Jeff Perara NWAC President Michele Audette after UN Special Rapporteur’s visit Remembrance Day interview with Anna Rijk (Dutch Embassy in Ottawa)

Best Indigenous Word of the Day:

Best reaction from my classmates:

Radio was fun, but I’m looking forward to TV next semester!

Funeral of Constable John Zivcic: #RIP9284

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair speaking to officers in the processional at Const. John Zivcic's funeral.  Photo by Kateryna Barnes

Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair speaking to officers in the processional at Const. John Zivcic’s funeral. Photo by Kateryna Barnes

It was cold today, but thousands of officers still lined up in a processional and many marched to the Toronto Congress Centre for the funeral of Const. John Zivcic.

Zivcic was killed after his cruiser struck another car. He was 34 years old.

The funeral brought out all the dignitaries, including Chief Bill Blair, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor Rob Ford.

Lynda Webb, a retired nurse came from Pickering, Ont. for the funeral, despite not knowing Zivcic or his family.

“My heart breaks for this young man; I just want to say thank you to all of the men and women in uniform.”

A couple of the officers from 14 Division I sat next to said it’s a hard part of their job to attend police funerals.

I called into @Humber, after running to my car (quieter) and nearly giving myself an asthma attack for this story.