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Participants witness first-hand the behind-the-scene action at CBC headquarters in Montreal
In the fall 2010, Encounters with Canada participants had the opportunity to taste and experience the behind-the-scenes action at CBC/Radio-Canada headquarters in Montreal.
During Journalism and Communications week, they had the opportunity of a lifetime to experience interactive workshops, producing radio or television news broadcasts. For an afternoon, they lived the role of a journalist, news anchor, cameraman, producer, radio host, and so much more.
Radio workshop participants produced two scripted broadcasts, and improvised a third. For the latter, they chose their own discussion topic and host, and discussed it - on air - for ten minutes. And, a few lucky participants were interviewed for the radio show “Vox Pop,” with a segment on youth opinions. Of course, they were thrilled to actually hear their voices on air!
Video workshop participants came to realize very quickly the importance of both the behind-the-scenes people in the control booth, and the up-front anchors and journalists – all working towards producing a smooth-running news broadcast. And, of course, everyone loved seeing themselves on the small screen afterwards!
A guided tour of the CBC/Radio-Canada headquarters followed the workshops. Of particular note, participants saw Studio 42, the biggest television studio in Canada, as well as radio recording rooms, the set construction site and the actual television set for the show “L’auberge du chien noir,” a CBC/Radio-Canada soap opera.
At the end of the day, participants were impressed with everything that goes on behind the scenes, and were thrilled to generally learn more about the industry. “I want to be a journalist and have been given an opportunity to learn more about journalism in this week than I would have been able to do on my own. A visit to CBC Radio-Canada is a once-a-lifetime opportunity and I will never forget the feeling of working in a real radio studio,” said Grace Kennedy from Fort Langley in British Columbia.