The McGill Daily provided me with my first brush with journalism some 40 years ago. And without question, allowed me to have a lot of good fun poking into the business of others, a pursuit I discovered at The Daily that was right up my alley!
Having a student publication on campus enables ink-stained wannabes to get a taste of the real thing and helps them understand if journalism truly is their calling. It’s also a crucial communications vehicle for students and teachers.
Not that my reports were all that “crucial.” I wrote about the McGill Redmen, hoping, of course, to get into the dressing rooms. But in fact, I did a lot more than that – I found my calling.
Barbara Yaffe graduated from McGill in 1974. She went on to work at the Montreal Gazette, the Globe and Mail, and CBC-TV National News. She is now a columnist at the Vancouver Sun.
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