Student Reporters

RTDNA Canada is pleased to introduce a new collaboration with journalism students in order to provide social media coverage of the National Conference on Connecting with Audiences in the Age of Mistrust. Applications were received from students enrolled in a journalism program who were proficient with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Live and who displayed solid news judgement.

We are pleased to present our Social Media Trailblazers:


Damian Ali is currently in his final term for the post-graduate Journalism program at Humber’s north campus. His experience in journalism is as diverse as it can be, having done live radio newscasts and other broadcasting work. This includes editorial production involving creating scripts for shows and long form reporting, to technical production engaging in iNEWS or Burli to create the best possible product for consumers. Damian is excited to be living the journalistic dream, and he is more eager than ever to continue building and contributing to Canada’s radio scene!


A postgraduate student at Humber College, with a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, Amy Chen is a dedicated journalist and social media expert who hits the ground running. Chen brings energy and experience with her as the arts and entertainment reporter and writer for Humber News and various other outlets. She is most known for conducting meaningful, in-person interviews on comics, arts, eSports and entertainment news, championing the need for intersectionality.


Matt has a passion for broadcasting & communication, which has led to his studies of Radio Broadcasting at Humber College. He previously obtained his Bachelors of Kinesiology (with honours) from Brock University. Matt brings a lot of enthusiasm and dynamic interpersonal skills to his pursuit of a broadcasting career. He genuinely enjoys interacting with people and generating positive interactions. He finds the most meaningful experiences of his life to be centred around making meaningful connections with people. Innovation and creativity are the pillars of his success.


Catherine Achu Koshy, a Postgraduate Journalism student at Humber college is an energetic and creative mind. Her passion for writing and reporting sparked at a very young age. She completed her B. Tech in Electronics and Media Technology from Karunya University, India in 2015. After graduation, her enthusiasm to learn about various aspects of media gained her two years of work experience in Visual Design and Content Writing. Currently, she is exploring the world of television and radio broadcasting. She aspires to create content that matters to the world. Her interests include politics, environment and entertainment. She is keen on learning new things and loves to draw.


Josette Lafleur is a recent graduate of the Radio Broadcasting diploma program at Humber college. She has a strong passion for storytelling and has found her strengths in delivering the news and creating documentaries.  With over a decade of experience in customer service, Josette is an excellent communicator with a strong work ethic. While receiving the Renee Roth Memorial Award her program coordinator, Sheila Walsh, had this to say “…she’s been a rock and a leader to her fellow students and has been an unbelievable source of reliability for her faculty – especially me.” Over the past two years Josette has shown commitment, dedication and a true understanding of the radio industry.


Warren Schlote is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He is a recent graduate from media studies at the University of Guelph-Humber and has worked with CBC, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Jazz.FM91 and also a number of school publications. His reporting work has taken him from the deep insides of a dam to a cadaver lab, with stops at places like a jazz show in a Harlem apartment along the way. He is looking to begin working full-time in the journalism field, with a special interest in the far north of Canada.


Miriam Valdes-Carletti is a recent graduate of the Ryerson School of Journalism. During her last semester she interned at CTV’s national morning show, Your Morning, where she is now a News Writer.  Previously she was the Co-Executive Producer of Ryerson’s student-run news organization, RUtv News and also spent three years on the Journalism Course Union. Miriam has been an on-air reporter with YourTV Niagara (previously CogecoTV) for five years and won an Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2015. She also attended the RTDNA conference last year where she won The Canadian Press/Eric Murray Award.


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