Journalism Students Cover Toronto Raptors Parade
You may have never watched a basketball game in your life, you may even care very little for sports – however, if you’re a Torontonian you know about the Toronto Raptors’ 2019 NBA Championship Epic Victory!
The city welcomed our spectacular champions with a grand parade and rally that brought a historic turnout of over 3 million people. Now we already know, no one worked that Monday. Well…except our dedicated S@Y News Crew.
"I can't believe we're actually doing this!"
A handful of Summer Institute Journalism students made the long trek to King and University St. bright and early in the morning to secure an ideal spot at the front of the parade. Of course, they weren't there to just watch it, the students were eager to capture the sheer euphoria of the fans and tell their story first-hand. They patiently stood under the sun for five hours, speaking to anxious fans and lightening the mood with interesting questions and garnering cheers from the crowd. The presence of a news crew was well-met as the fans were more than excited to share their experience watching and celebrating Toronto’s first sports victory in over 26 years.
One With The Crowd
Our students got a taste of the fast-paced world of sports broadcasting in the Toronto media market-historically one of the toughest media markets in the world- and they shone like the stars they truly are. They exuded professionalism and overcame every obstacle from drained batteries to maneuvering heavy equipment to ‘hangry’ crowds. They were patient, stoic and embodied the most important trait of a journalist – wanting to tell a story!