Before becoming a reporter at CBC, Alison Chiasson did not fly from the Western University
It's weird. I knew Alison in high school. She's completely overtaken with something. Then, in the west, Alison was involved in a talk show on campus called Big Purple Couch. I always assumed that if one of them was set up, it was Alison Chiasson. I would not have guessed that she was on academic probation and to spend the next year with difficulty in understanding what to do with her life, ans of a university degree
How can you leave the university to do your job? You're in the right
In Alison's case, you're asking for a story about the New Brunswick Club
I went to MIT: Media, Information and Technoculture. What is a technooculture? We never found
"It really became clear to me that I was out of my league in academia."
So I started to go to my first days of class, and I liked being at the university, and I got some errand ... and I got some
I'd be in a lecture, and my mind was in a race, I couldn't concentrate on everyone. I was trying to find more angles to cut to find more time to work
I've always loved the news. So I thought it was the thing that got me engaged. And that, of course, was. I was interested in working in journalism with cameras and thinking about production
"I took a media course, but we were never going to touch the camera, and it wasn't with me."
But it didn' t help me at any school. They don't work with my hands, just don't feel good. I took a course for the media, but we never intended to touch the camera, and it wasn't with me. So I thought, " Fuck the program. I'm going to work on this talk show as long as possible. "
It was the first time I could edit my things and talk to people and stand in front of the camera. I wouldn't go to class. I've invested all my energy in history and new things we could do for the show. The guy who took it, finished it, and I became a host. When it happened, I'm "Forget About You, School."
I was on academic probation every two years and kicked out of the program. And I thought, " Well, it'll give me another year for an academic probation. It gives me three good years
Not all of them. It was completely
After the third year and the academic probation, I had to move back to Georgetown with my parents for a year. But all this time, I've been working on the demo. I took it to Ryerson, and they told me I needed a BA for their program. So I was thinking, let' s give college a go
" I don't think I need a BA to know how to do it. You must be human and inquisitive. "
I took this demo to Humber and explained, " Look, I don't have BA, but that's exactly what I want to work for. I don't think I need a BA to know how to do it. You must be human and inquisitive. "
I've always had this. I even clened my fist right now, but I always had this attitude: "I'm hungry, and there's a story I want to tell."
The first time in the news is always EA (editor's assistant), you go in the teleprompter and print the scripts and hand them over to the anchor of news, and then run away after the commercial break, that is. There's nothing in it, you're just a monkey in a car
After you get the post of Editorial Assistant, after all, if someone is interested in you, and you may be preparing you, you'll get a chance to be a producer. You are working on the pumping of guests for anchors like Fort McMurray, for example, to get a new guest at Fort McMurray, who was on the ground, on fire, who saw something or who saved people
There's a lot of work going on in "how to find someone," and either you get it or not. For some reason, I didn' t do it. I stopped chasing after shifts, and I went back to the teleprompter. I just thought, "this is the end."
Although I had no experience, someone said, "Just experience some small markets and say," hey, I want to tell me, give me a chance. " And I thought, 'Well, it worked early' in Humber, where I didn' t have a resume
"I've never done any news in my life, had no experience in writing this document, had no experience working with the editors, and they said," Go out and grab the plot. "
So, I had a phone call with CBC New Brunswick, an executive producer there, and he said, "Yeah, come on the board, we just want people to be curious!"And I said, "Fine, it's me, boss!"I never made any news in my life, had no experience of writing, had no experience working with the editors, and they said, "Get out and capture the story."
They said, "They're trying to close the strip club, the mayor of Fredericton has a case against the strip clubs, he's trying to clear the city."
I've never been to New Brunswick. I've never been to Fredericton, and I was going to challenge it
The next day, they took my press conference live on the radio, and the executive producer obviously heard it and said, "Who the hell is talking to the mayor?"and he put me in his office and said, " You got it. I heard on the radio and I thought, "Who the hell is this woman thinking?"He said, "You can do anything in this business."
Yeah, you're absolutely right. Because you just sit and drool, and you write. I learned hard journalism at the Humbert College. But to be a journalist, you must have practical experience. You just have to. And I'm still learning, so much
A lot of people, as soon as you're ostrating your leg through the door, you'll settle. You're like, "I'm in!" You can't just hope someone brings you. I thought I was supposed to be very strong, because I was out of school and I worked at CBC news
"I thought at some day someone had decided that I was wet and should not be here, but they can't tell me that I wasn't working hard."
I thought I had the word "cast out" on my head, forever. I thought at some day someone thought I was wet and shouldn't be here, but they can't tell me that I wasn't working
Find out about your hands. Dirty and make mistakes. I was in high school, I was very energetic. I was a perfectionist who I got in my own way. I needed to relax, and I needed to listen
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Chris D' Alessandro
Chris D' Alessandro is a writer and strategy of content living in Toronto. He also has extra tattoos than he'd like to admit