It was several years in the making.
The first hint of the School’s new digital publication came during the May 25, 2015 meeting of journalism faculty members. That’s when they agreed to move toward integrating two of the program’s long-standing publications: Centretown News and Capital News Online.
It was a massive undertaking involving a revamped curriculum and a bright new vision of what that integration might look like.
The resulting Capital Current publication. launched in Fall 2018, was imagined as a digital hub, drawing content from the best work produced by journalism students in all senior reporting courses.
More than just a vehicle for student work, though, Capital Current was built for a larger journalistic mission. And at the gathering to celebrate their students’ achievements, that mission was underscored by inaugural co-publishers and workshop instructors Aneurin Bosley and Christina Spencer.
“We actually wanted to create an important source of local news and information for the many Ottawa communities” – Aneurin Bosley
“This coverage of communities that don’t get covered very well is ultra-important and it was great to see that … people pitched ideas about voices and people that don’t get heard very much” – Christina Spencer
There were more than editorial issues to consider in developing the new publication. An original website had to be designed and created to reflect what Capital Current wanted to impart to its audience.
“One of the challenges was to take two very well-established publications with unique histories and personalities and put them together into something new, something fresh” – Roger Martin, senior web producer
Capital Current went live on Oct. 2, 2018. Within two short months, it had established itself on the local news scene.
In congratulating the students, Jerry Tomberlin, Carleton University’s Interim Provost and Vice President (Academic), and André Plourde, the dean of the Faculty of Public Affairs, emphasized the crucial role both they and their journalism program continue to play.
“I can’t think of another time when university-based journalism programs are more important than they are right now” – Jerry Tomberlin
“Don’t forget – it’s about the people that you’re going to reach. And you’re going to make a difference in their lives” – André Plourde
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