The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that all our classes have been online this semester. With the exception of a few classes in multimedia, we have been able to complete all classes and assignments through online learning. The biggest challenge was to find stories we could cover. With many regions of Ontario imposing significant restrictions on gathering, it proved difficult to find events to cover. Even the ones we can always count on, like Remembrance Day ceremonies, were difficult to find and cover.
Despite this, we have been able to garner the essential skills of photojournalism by covering issues of general interest or that are directly related to the current pandemic. In my case, I was happy to produce a story on “The changing face of veterans”, on “The volunteers of food insecurity”, and on a short video about a successful female pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force which will be used for International Women’s Day in March 2021, among others.
We are thankful for the dedication and flexibility demonstrated by our instructional staff at Loyalist. As they say “The show must go on”.