Category Archives: Broadcast Journalism

Want to Hang out with Steven & Chris? Of course you do!

As I mentioned, I will be giving away tickets to attend a taping of CBC’s Steven & Chris show in Toronto.

You could be sitting in the audience with this view!

All you have to do is leave a comment below!

Two lucky winners (chosen at random) will each receive a pair of tickets to be part of the studio audience. I will be announcing the winners on Friday December 10th.

Steven and Chris is filmed at CBC Toronto Mon, Tue & Thurs at 10:45 AM and Wednesdays at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Please note you must be over the age of 16 to attend the show.


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(Not) Back to School

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

For every student, the start of September means the end of the lazy, carefree days of summer and the beginning of another school year. Time to drop the sunglasses and pick up the books!

Since I was four years old it has meant it was time to put away the bicycle and  Canada’s Wonderland season pass and get out the Barbie lunchbox and Gap jean jacket and head back to school to find out who would be my teacher for the year and which of my friends would be in my class.

As a university student, the long weekend would be the time I spent packing up my life at home and heading back to my life in London, Ontario. I would be putting the final touches on my class schedule, trying to get as many days off as possible and making sure my friends and I took the same courses. Now it’s Labour Day long weekend once again, but strange enough I find myself without a back to school shopping list, without a room full of luggages and boxes to pack up and most importantly without the eager excitement for a brand new school year.


I wanna go back


Although I’ve been done with school and living back home with my family since May, it really has not completely sunk in. In my mind, I was just on summer vacation awaiting another September when I would return to the student life I’ve loved living so much. But now I have arrived at the crucial time of year where the whole world is screaming, “BACK TO SCHOOL BACK TO SCHOOL” but just not at me. I no longer need to be looking at those flyers from Business Depot and Home Outfitters about deals on binders or dorm room necessities, and I no longer need to say goodbye to my friends and family at home before I head off to school for another year.


About 80% true.


So this is what it’s like when you’re no longer a student. September is just another month and there really isn’t much to look forward to until Christmas. No more Frosh week, no more back to school parties, no more excuses to buy cool notebooks and a cute little lunch bag. I’ve been trying to come to terms with my new reality but it will be hard.

Luckily some things this month with make my “no more back to school” blues less depressing. I’ve got some writing projects in the works, I’ll be leaving for New York soon to have my own little adventure in the city and the week later I’ll be starting my new internship. Not too shabby of a pick-me-up I must say.

I know I’m not the only one going through back to school withdrawals so if you can relate or have some words of encouragement I’d love to hear them.

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Better Late than Never

I always meant to post this up here, and I’m finally getting around to it a few months later….

Last semester I produced a TV news feature about The Forest City Sports and Social Club, a co-ed recreational sport league for adults that recently opened in London. After the researching, interview set-ups, filming and editing, here is the final product for your viewing pleasure.

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I’m your host, Daniela DiStefano

Radio GaGa at J-School

Last week I had the chance to do something I’ve been meaning to do all school year- host an episode of the Western in Five podcast!

I’ve been a contributing member of the team all year, but until now I’ve never actually been “the voice” for the show. Specializing in print this semester means I haven’t had much time to exercise my broadcast reporting skills. Working on the news podcast for the university every week means I can get back in the recording studio and take a break from writing away. There’s only two more weeks left of the school year, but I’m hoping to get in a few more pieces for the podcast before it’s all over.

You can subscribe to the weekly Western in Five podcast on iTunes U for free.

Click here to listen to Western in 5 for the week of March 22nd.

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Calling all UWO Filmmakers: The Second Annual Ivey Film Fest

The Ivey Film Festival is back again to showcase short films made by UWO students. The second annual event will take place March 22nd at 7:30 p.m.

You can hear about the event and from the organizers on this week’s Western in Five Podcast.

You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes U for free.

Click here to listen to Western in Five for the week of March 1st 2010.

The White Ribbon Campaign: Working to end Violence Against Women

“I pledge never to commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women.”

Every December the focus is brought to the global problem of violence against women and gender inequality. Around the world supports wear a white ribbon to educate themselves and their community to take a stand against violence.

December 6th marks Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This year it also marked the 20th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre where 14 women were killed.  Students at the University of Western Ontario took part in events on campus all week presented by the UWO White Ribbon Campaign that reflected on the need to fight against gender violence. You can hear about the events and from the organizers on this week’s Western in Five Podcast.

You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes U for free.

Click here to listen to Western in Five for the week of December 9th.

The 2009 Clissold Lecture in Journalism: Tony Burman

Tony Burman visited The University of Western Ontario in November to deliver this year’s Clissold Lecture in Journalism. His talk was entitled, Hiding from the World: The Media’s Retreat from Global News Coverage. Burman spent more than 35 years at the CBC as editor in chief before moving to Doha, Qatar to be managing director of Al Jazeera English. A few days after he visited Western, Al Jazeera English was approved for Canadian distribution. A portion of his speech is featured in the latest Western in Five podcast.

You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes U for free.

Click here to listen to Western in Five for the week of November 16th.

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Penn Kemp: UWO’s Writer in Residence

This month I interviewed London poet and UWO alumi Penn Kemp for the Western in 5 podcast. Kemp is the James A. and Marjorie Spenceley/Canada Council Writer-in-Residence for 2009-10 in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. She has travelled the world and collaborated with various writers, artists, dancers and musicians. I talked to Kemp about what she hopes to accomplish as the writer in residence for this year.

You can subscribe to the weekly podcast on iTunes U for free.

Listen to Western in Five for the week of November 2, 2009.

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The London Wire

07march15chrwRadio class ended this semester with the production of a current affairs program aired on CHRW 94.9 FM.

As a group we chose to produce a local arts and entertainment program entitled The London Wire. The 10 minute program consisted of documentaries and interviews created by our fellow journalism students about the London arts and culture scene. I had a great time co-hosting the program as well as working with the editor, writer, and sound technician to compile an exciting show. My documentary about the London Men of Accord as well as my interview with Vanessa Farquharson were also featured on the show.

Listen to me co-host The London Wire with Geoff Turner

Eco-Fabulous Fashion with Kelly Drennan

cdn_women_9 Kelly Drennan is the founder of Fashion Takes Action, a members-based organization providing fair trade and environmentally friendly services to the fashion industry, while promoting eco-awareness to Canadian consumers.

I spoke with Drennan from Toronto about the mission of FTA and how fashionistas can be more environmentally conscious the next time they go shopping.

Listen to my piece about sustainable fashion.

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