Clips from the rewarding Leduc Rep reporting gig I held in summer 2017



I worked as a reporter at the Leduc Rep weekly newspaper from the start of June until the end of August 2017. The newsroom was small, but my audience was engaged. My writing and photography also served several municipalities, appearing in the Devon Dispatch, Beaumont News and several other small papers. I was worked to the bone, but I learned a lot in the process. Here are some of my favourite stories from the 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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On professional development, career aspirations, and my Twitter bio

Old twitter bio I changed my Twitter bio this morning. And it’s not something I did on a whim. I only changed one word, but it’s a big deal to me. It represents a shift in my mentality and a refined statement of my position in the day-to-day professional world.

For as long as I’ve been on the social network, my bio has been the ultimate distillation of who I am as a person. The information found on that single line contains the most dominating information about what drives my life. The part behind that dividing bar has changed slightly from year to year as I moved between editorial and contributor positions at my various workplaces, but the part in front of it — the part that comes first — has remained unchanged until today: “Aspiring Games Journalist.”

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2013 Fringe Festival review schedule

Here’s a schedule of every show that I’ll be seeing at the Fringe this year. I intend to review each one within a day of viewing. I will be adding more shows as the festival progresses, so check back frequently and shoot me an email if you want me to review a specific show. I’ll link to each review from this page.

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Yo, what’s going on in August Kevin?

A lot!

This August is going to be a busy one for me. Here’s a schedule to give you an idea of what I’ll be getting up to. You can bookmark this page, and I’ll update and link to each item as the content goes live.

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Surprising Summer anime to look out for

At the beginning of each anime season, I’ve taken to pulling up “The Chart:” a master list of every animated piece of entertainment of Japanese origin that you can view in the next three months. From the movies set for release in theatres, the OVA episodes slated for home releases, and of course the list of currently airing weekly television series.

The chart combines information from official press releases and promotional materials currently available to the public, and they provide a handy visual cue that helps me compartmentalized the shows I want to see.

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Sexism sucks, and our ability to critique video games is diminished because of it

Jason Schreier of Kotaku responded to a dig from Vanillaware President and developer, George Kamitani today, and you know what, while I agree with Schreier’s stance on the sexism issue that he is trying to tackle, it really sucks that that he needed to make his initial jab at all.

Schreier first called out the artwork of the sorceress in the recent Dragon Crown’s trailer last week, due to her hyper-sexualized design. “As you can see, the sorceress was designed by a 14-year-old boy.” Schreier wrote.

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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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