Today the Midweek newsroom opened up for the season.

Students met at 10 a.m. for their meeting and then had an hour and a half to find and produce their stories.

For the dry run, we included stories that students created for the last two weeks of class, as well as a few same-day stories. These included covering the protest at Parliament Hill, performing streeters on campus about the spiking grocery prices in Ottawa; local sports updates, and the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Some students went out to find their sources, and others stayed on campus to perform phone interviews, and to talk to faculty.

Since we had to iron out some kinks, we ended up going live a half-hour later than planned, at 1:30p.m.

As we approached crunch time, we realized that we were 27 minutes short of content, prompting us to use the students’ Q&A clips, as well as their docs.

The hosts of the show, Ally Lemieux-Fanset and Rafka Abou-Khalil then headed to the booth. The team set them up with scripts, and we hit the ground running.

Overall, the show was a success. We filled the airwaves with great audio journalism, which is all you can ask for for a dry run.

See you next week!