My name is Janis Williams. I am currently a second-year journalism – mass media student at Durham College. I decided to go back to school as a mature student to complete my college diploma after a career in marketing. I expect to graduate in spring 2019 and hope to find a fulfilling career in journalism or communications.
My journalism education has improved my critical thinking, writing and broadcast skills, which is only enhanced by my natural curiosity and ideas.
Being a student at Durham College has allowed me to involve myself in some unique experiences.
In May 2018, I traveled to Kenya with three other students and two teachers, as part of the Durham College documentary team. My job was to research and interview people involved in the Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP) initiative, a five-year, $20.6 million program funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.
I also had the opportunity as a reporter for The Chronicle to ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a question while he visited the UOIT campus on Aug. 31, 2018.
As a student, woman, journalist and citizen, I deeply care about current events and how they relate to the community and world around me. I believe everyone has a story and I enjoy the process of getting to know people, to see what makes them tick.
On a Sunday, I am happiest reading or writing with a hand-crafted beverage in my hand to enjoy.