A behind-the-scenes look at the stories behind the stories from the CTV Vancouver newsroom. Penny Daflos discusses the stressful, inspiring, irritating and heartbreaking moments that never make it on TV in unfiltered conversations with her colleagues – including other reporters, anchors, videographers, technicians and producers who battle the clock each day to make deadline.
"Disaster for democracy" as reporters kept at a distance
The COVID-19 pandemic necessitated major changes to everyone's workplace, virtually overnight, and it took some time to get adjusted to the new reality where isolation is the safest option. But it's had tremendous, negative consequences for journalists reporting on every aspect of the pandemic -- from vaccine availability to the safety of school openings to the dating scene. Instead of being in the room to look decision-makers in the eye and hold them to account, BC's reporters are more often than not restricted by calling their questions in an opaque queuing system where no one knows who's being chosen to speak, nor why.
BTS with CTV Vancouver podcast producer/host and reporter, Penny Daflos, dives into the reality for reporters in British Columbia with CTV's legislative bureau chief, Bhinder Sajan, who describes the inner workings and political considerations that have kept journalist's arms-length from the province's top doctor and policymakers, while investigative reporter, Jon Woodward, colourfully describes the impacts of limiting reporters on the campaign trail as a Metro Vancouver mayor hits the mute button on an uncomfortable question.
"No more handshakes": Safety and storytelling during a pandemic
When health officials declared a global pandemic, it quickly became obvious it would have an impact on our lives. Just as every industry and family had to adapt to the rapidly-changing public health orders and advice, so have TV news journalists. From microphones on hockey sticks to dinner-table interviews, journalists have changed the way we work to stay in the field in a way that's safe for us as well as the people whose stories we're telling.
BTS with CTV Vancouver host and producer Penny Daflos has a frank and open discussion with colleagues, St John Alexander and Shannon Paterson, on the immense workload, the social rituals we're still struggling to avoid, and what they do with all their gear at the end of the day.
Solidarity, Disruption and Spin: Covering Canada-Wide Demonstrations
For weeks, demonstrations in support of hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation in northern British Columbia have resulted in in unprecedented rallies, blockaded railroads and intentionally disrupted commuter routes for drivers and transit users alike -- not to mention attempts to stall legislators in the capitol and even taking their placards to the premier's own home. The issue of whether or not to allow the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline has deeply fractured the Wet'suwet'en community and Canadians at large have been divided on whether protests are lawful and acceptable expressions of support for First Nations or illegal acts of disruption that should result in arrest. As the days go on, the impacts are increasingly felt by people across the country.
Hard at work to report on the daily goings-on and the larger picture of what's at play are journalists scrambling to get to the latest barricade, protest and sit-in -- despite increasing hostility from the demonstrators themselves. It's a challenging but important task, so reporters and videographers are getting creative in order to cover all aspects of the developments, despite significant logistical and geographic hurdles.
BTS with CTV Vancouver host Penny Daflos discusses the complexities of reporting on this issue with reporter Allison Hurst and their colleague, Melanie Nagy, Vancouver bureau chief for CTV National News.
Flight 752: Finding & Telling the Victims' Stories
Vancouver journalists tasked with putting a human face to a faraway tragedy have a difficult job, but one they feel obligated to tell with respect and sensitivity.
"It's not funny": When Journalists are Harassed, Slapped and Even Punched on the Job
When an American journalist was slapped on the butt as she was reporting live during a run, it went viral for many reasons. Most saw it for the on-the-job physical assault that it was, but a few didn't think it was a big deal and that she should "li...
A Horrific Dragging MVI Begins and Ends with Mystery
What started as a routine pedestrian accident quickly took several unusual turns as Vancouver Police revealed the driver didn't know he'd dragged a young woman for nearly six blocks. How was that possible? When an American pa href="https://bc.ctvne...