Inspiration

The other day some of my classmates were discussing my blog (famous! I know, right?) They couldn’t decide where the name “Oh, oh, oh Miss Alyssa’ came from. Someone said Beyoncé. Other people said no way. And then I told them. It is based on this beauty. I guess it just inspired me. Plus, I … Continue reading

Ground Zero

I have read the book ‘Hiroshima’ before. It is a compilation of articles about six survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city in 1945. The compilations were published in The New Yorker a year after the Americans dropped the atomic bomb. When I picked up the book, I knew what to expect. … Continue reading

The ‘small town’ newspaper

The ‘small town’ newspaper

I have been meeting a lot of inspiring people lately. And I like it. The other night, I was lucky enough to be invited by a friend to the RRC Alumni Dinner. The MC for the event was CreComm alumni, former foreign correspondent and current Global National anchor Dawna Friesen. Now, I am not embarrassed … Continue reading

Winnipeg is Back in the Game

Winnipeg is Back in the Game

Winnipeg has been making major headlines recently. These stories haven’t focused on the Manitoba election, or even Air Canada’s scandalous letter. No. They are focused on the Return of the Winnipeg Jets. A return 15 years in the making. A return whose hype is stronger than the team itself. But a return that is going … Continue reading

Pinkwashing

. Whenever I see a chapstick or a key chain with a ‘breast cancer symbol’ on it, I always wonder how much of my money would actually go to the cause. Packaging almost never says an actually amount – sometimes being labeled ‘some proceeds’ will go to the cause. That means .01% of the NET … Continue reading

What is the real Titanic?

The 100 year anniversary of Titanic sinking happened earlier this month which brought the film and story into the news papers again. It kept me thinking about a time when I had to watch Titanic over and over again in order to write about James Cameron’s depiction of the Titanic. I choose to look at … Continue reading

Documenting combat journalism

Documenting combat journalism

He just looked at me and shook his head. “This is chaos,” he said. The ‘he’ mentioned on page 184 of The Savage War is the late Jack Layton. I always trusted his words of social responsibility and hope. I think his words here describe not only the novel The Savage War, but also of our … Continue reading

Aren’t these Canadian issues?

Aren’t these Canadian issues?

When I was in primary school, I was asked to do an assignment on my heritage. I went home and asked my mother where our family was from. She gave me all kind of answers from across Europe: Polish, Scottish, Ukrainian. I also remember her mentioning Metis so I listed it among my European heritage. … Continue reading

The end is near

Even if I can’t believe it, the calendar doesn’t lie. But now, I am stuck with the unbelievably time-consuming task of trying to decide what I want to do after I graduate. Usually, things fall into place for me. This has not been happening as much since I have started to find my perfect plan … Continue reading

IPP…. IPPP…. IPPPP

IPP…. IPPP…. IPPPP

About a year ago, I was introduced to my CreComm’s ‘Independent Professional Project’. I heard the second-years tales of the year-long project and then I was asked to pick something I wanted to focus on for a year. After much debate, I chose to shoot a documentary during my summer in Ghana. Literacy has always … Continue reading