The Leduc Rep Reporting Gig Consuming all of My Time This Summer

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I started work as a reporter at the Leduc Rep weekly newspaper on Monday. The newsroom is small, but its audience is engaged, so I’ll have my work cut out for me during this summer internship.

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I have been called to action as a journalist

Two heavy hauler trucks unloading. Image courtesy of Suncor Energy.Image credit: Suncor Energy.

Yesterday, I was granted the opportunity to tour a portion of Suncor Energy’s oil sands operations around Fort McMurray, Alberta. Today, I’m extremely depressed, and a small part of me wishes that I had never had the tour and that I was still shrouded in relative ignorance.
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The woes of online journalism and the challenges of ad-blocker

I’ve never used an ad-blocker.

They’re something I didn’t even know existed until about a year ago, and even if I did know of their existence sooner, I never would have set foot near one.

I’ve understood for a long time that nothing in this world is free, and that goes for the content I consume on the internet as well. I’ve consciously looked at the ads that I see on my favourite websites as a good thing. When I see an ad, the people who create the content get paid. So when I discovered just how large the majority of my friends – and apparently the rest of the tech-savvy world – is that uses an ad-blocker I was shocked.

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