Kids in a Great Glass Elevator

When I think of my final year of high school, my mind usually recalls a few fabulous memories: band, graduation, my acceptance to UBC, and a great glass elevator. My English AP teacher, the lovely Ms. Sawkins, prompted me to enter a contest put on by CBC Radio and The Georgia Straight to be one of their Rookie Reporters for a week. Little did I know that those five days would push me on my current career path towards journalism.

When the five of us stepped through the doors of The Georgia Straight headquarters on West Broadway, we were ushered into the elevator by John Burns (then Books Editor of the Straight, now Executive Editor of Vancouver Magazine), who proceeded to tell us that he felt like Willy Wonka and that he was transporting us in his Great Glass Elevator. That day we got a tour of the Straight, just one of the many memorable experiences during my week as a Rookie Reporter.

At CBC Radio we learned the ropes. Shelly Sorochuk and Sheila Peacock, Specials and Development Producer, were our tour guides—our Willy Wonkas—for CBC. That week was full of ‘firsts’: it was the first time I approached strangers to conduct streeters, the first time I was published in a newspaper, the first time I answered callers’ questions on live radio, my first freelance gig a month after the internship. It was also the first time I did a legitimate double take—when I met CBC personnel Ian Hanomansing in the breakroom.

The five of us were either fresh out of high school or still plugging away in classes—Alice Honiquin, Madeleine Campbell, Max Maitland, Kalim Kassam and I—and I believe it was an eye-opening experience for all of us. We didn’t know what we would be doing with our lives post-graduation, and I think we all left with a suggestion—for me, a spark.

Here are the interviews and article that I completed in 2006 as a Rookie Reporter at CBC Radio Vancouver. Listening to them shows me how far I’ve come…and how much more traveling and exploring I need to do as a person and a writer to be where I want to be. Listen and let me know what you think!

My piece in the Straight (April 2006)

My time on live radio on CBC’s BC Almanac or On the Coast—I can’t remember (March 2006): 07 CBC Radio – Kalim, Sam, Alice

My Canadian song choice for CBC’s North By Northwest (March 2006): 09 Canadian Music – Sam

My interview with Filipino theatre group Pasaporte for the World Urban Forum, held at UBC (June 2006): 03 World Urban Forum – Samantha

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