Volume 93, Issue 22

Wednesday, October 6, 1999


Tuition freeze called for by med council

OUSA prepares to tackle tuition

New technology to aid interviews

Newman teaches students ABCs

High times in Montreal Marijuana centre lights up city

U of T housing in drafty situation


Bass Ackwards

Caught on campus

Newman teaches students ABCs

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

A Western alumnus, who is no stranger to the camera, decided to drop by campus yesterday.

Kevin Newman, a television broadcaster for ABC, was asked to visit Media, Information and Technoculture classes, speak at a gathering in the University Community Centre and answer student questions at the Grad Club.

Newman said his career in the competitive Canadian and American journalistic field started at Western in the last year of his Bachelor of Arts degree when he became the news and sports director of Western's radio station, CHRW-FM 94.7.

Upon graduation in 1981, Newman said he worked for Global Television for $9,000 a year, where he eventually made his way in front of the camera. The next step was the CBC and now ABC.

Although Newman said his decision to jump into the working world right after his BA was a good career move for him, he said he felt some kind of graduate schooling would have been more beneficial in today's field.

"The only growth in network news in the [United States] is web sites," Newman said, adding he forecasted the internet as having a large role in the future of media.

Newman said his visit to Western was important to him for personal reasons. He explained that a well-known journalist visited the university during his Western days. "It made a huge difference to me," he said.

"Because he came to campus, he sort of opened the door for me and I used it."

Newman added visiting Western was an opportunity for him to see how technology in journalism has penetrated the university community.

Jennifer Haynes, a third-year MIT and English student, said she went to listen to Newman because she was interested in the field of journalism. "It's interesting to see someone who started the same place where I'm starting," she said.

Andreas Gripp, Western alumnus and university staff, said he also went for career-interest purposes. "He was very concise – that's what I look for in a speaker."

Manjunath Pendakur, dean of information and media studies at Western, said he was in New York when he looked Newman up and extended the invitation for him to come and visit Western. "He's such a nice guy," Pendakur said of Newman. "He's done extremely well."

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