Finding Career Success
Jonathan Pinto '06
Jonathan Pinto ‘06 is a reporter with CBC/Radio-Canada in Windsor, Ontario. He’s also the station’s local food columnist and the author of The Best of Windsor Cookbook, an opportunity he attributes to his experience as the restaurant critic for Trent’s Arthur newspaper.
As a reporter for CBC/Radio-Canada, I often get asked where I went to journalism school. The answer? I didn’t.
I have a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Waterloo. It’s a huge asset, as I’m constantly reporting on issues coming out of city hall. But it was my undergraduate experience at Trent University that laid down the path to where I am today.
When I was in grade 12, I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do as a career. I did know that I wanted to go to university, and by the time I was accepted to Trent University, I had it narrowed down to majoring in Canadian Studies.
By its very nature, Canadian Studies is an interdisciplinary program. For four years, I studied everything from the literary landscapes of Montreal, to the history of women in Canada, and even a course simply called “Contemporary Canadian Problems.” These experiences helped me become a critical thinker, ready to question historic and contemporary Canada.
Upon graduation, I had visions of becoming an urban planner, which is why I ended up at the University of Waterloo. However, it was the internship I did in the months prior that actually ended up cementing my career path.
Trent is one of only four schools in Canada that is part of CBC’s Gzowski Internship program. Essentially, the idea is to bring non-journalism school graduates into CBC Radio for a summer, and pay them to learn the ins and outs of producing content for the nation’s public broadcaster. I had the honour of being the 2010 Trent intern, meaning I was based in Toronto, working for shows such as As It Happens, Metro Morning and Definitely Not the Opera. My interdisciplinary education at Trent was key to being able to keep up with the world of journalism, where the topics you cover change not just day by day, but sometimes,
minute by minute.
When I moved to Waterloo for grad school, I kept getting called back to the CBC to fill in for people on holidays or sick leave. Eventually, I decided that I really loved making radio, and when an opportunity to work full time for the CBC in Windsor came up, I applied.
I’ve been here ever since - and it’s all thanks to Trent.