Prize-winning journalist and professor Mark Bulgutch will talk about reporting in the digital age with former CBCers Alison Smith, Dan Bjarnason, Adrienne Arsenault and Eric Sorensen in this celebratory launch for That’s Why I’m a Journalist, which features contributions from over 30 journalists.
Our relationship with reporters is as complex as the one between a news story and the journalist. In That’s Why I’m a Journalist Mark Bulgutch provides an opportunity for a more personal perspective from these familiar and trusted journalists. Many of these behind-the-scenes accounts of the more memorable stories of their careers involve high-profile events of the 20th and 21st centuries, from the fall of the Berlin Wall to 9/11; but there are also reflections on quieter and more intimate moments of deep personal impact.
That’s Why I’m a Journalist acts as a counter-point to the third-hand and simplified ”news lite“ that is gathered from social media and wire services. It is a reminder that journalism is powerful and revelatory when in the hands of thoughtful and curious journalists who will drop everything to attend to a story and who often risk their lives to bring Canadians the news.
Mark Bulgutch started his decades-long career in journalism as a paperboy. After journalism school he spent over 35 years at CBC as a reporter, producer and editor, including 11 years as senior editor of The National, finally retiring from his last position as Senior Executive Producer of TV News. He is the recipient of 13 Gemini Awards, 4 RTNDA Awards, the Canadian Journalism Foundation Award of Excellence and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award. He has taught journalism at Ryerson University since 1987. He lives, reads, watches and listens to the news in Toronto.