M-School title: Video Intern, Video Unit
Post-secondary institution: Loyalist College
Program of study: Photojournalism
M-School pulls back the curtain on the media world in a way I never expected. I didn’t learn just one aspect of the process; I learned it all. I now understand the work that goes on behind the scenes and all the people dedicated to what they do, from the first idea to a story in a printed magazine. By being on the other side of things, I’ve managed to have many unforgettable experiences, not only with video and media but also life in general. I got to watch decathlete Damian Warner train for the Rio 2016 Olympics, and in doing so understood that the shiny pristine people we see crossing finish lines are not solely the product of talent, but also of constant back-breaking work and dedication. I’ve learned you get what you put into it, and if you put a lot into M-School you’re going to get a whole lot back. This is no coffee-grabbing internship; when you start you’re going to hit the ground running. Once you stop you’ll be astounded by how much you’ve learned.
What were your primary tasks?
- Meeting with various brands for video ideas
- Shooting video
- Editing video
Describe one day in the workplace.
This is an impossible task; as clichéd as it sounds, there is no typical day in M-School. Every day and every week is different. The video team has to be like a chameleon; it’s laughable at times. One week included shooting a red-carpet event, being behind the scenes at an Argonauts tailgate party, and going through and editing the interviews coming in from the Fort McMurray wildfire.
What is your dream job?
National Geographic photographer/videographer
Your best work at M-School: