Welcome to London’s recession Olympics
I pitched and wrote this analysis piece while working at CBC’s online features desk in Toronto. It highlights how the prevailing political and economic trends affected the 2012 Olympics in London and was featured on the CBC News national website.
ACCOUNTABILITY AND FOLLOW-UP
In February 2013, I filed a TV story about the myth of Asian buyers traveling to Vancouver to buy real estate during the Lunar New Year period. The piece featured two sisters who were supposedly shopping for a condo with their Chinese parents. But, the two women were actually employees of the marketing company, and their manager had instructed them to pose as buyers. This is my follow-up TV piece on the consequences of real estate misconduct and the implications for Vancouver’s housing market.
Winners Of Esport Championship Will Divvy Up More Than $25 Million
I was interviewed by David Greene, of National Public Radio’s Morning Edition and by Stephanie Sy of CNN on The International, a Dota 2 tournament with a multi-million dollar prize pool making it the biggest-money esports event on the planet.
LIVE RADIO DEBRIEF
B.C. high school football participation falls to 10-year low
I researched, gathered and analyzed data for this story that showed how fewer B.C. high schools are increasingly foregoing high school football. I spoke with the coach of team that had to shut down as well as the league president and parents about the reasons behind the decline. I shot, reported and edited the below story for TV news, and filed this digital story for CBC B.C.
The International Preview : Big Money Esports Tournament Comes to Vancouver
I shot, reported and edited this TV preview of the biggest money tournament in esports, Dota 2’s The International. It ran on CBC News Vancouver’s supper hour and late night newscasts as well as nationally on CBC News Network.
MULTIPLATFORM STORY COVERAGE
Wally’s goodbye: Buono will leave a coaching legacy after his final home game
I covered the impending retirement of B.C. Lions coach Wally Buono for TV, radio and web. I bolstered my online feature setup piece by producing, editing and embedding videos of ex-players sharing how Buono helped them improve on and off the field. I also shot and edited a TV story using archive footage of Buono and built a radio story around fan reaction to the end of his coaching career.
A NEW ANGLE TO AN OLD STORY
How dearth of Canadian NHL teams will hit local economies
I wrote this feature to challenge the familiar narrative that a city’s economy suffers when the local sports team misses the playoffs. While visuals of empty bar stools and forlorn fans give that impression, economists say it’s simply not true. I found a local pub to back that up by saying its business boomed in non-playoff years because it drew non-hockey fans who otherwise might have stayed at home.
Super Bowl commercials are even worse in Canada
This was a freelance piece I pitched and wrote for Slate.com. It uses a more informal tone to convey to an American readership the annual frustration of Canadian Super Bowl viewers who missed out on the multimillion dollar U.S. ads due to CRTC regulations.