Bryan Eneas tells stories of Indigenous people

(Prince Albert, Sask.) — Marlene Bird and Patrick Lavallee stand outside the Prince Albert Provincial Courthouse, where Leslie Black was sentenced to 16 years for the attempted murder of Bird. She was attacked in 2014; Bird was sexually and physically assaulted, before she was lit on fire and left to die in a downtown Prince Albert alley. The attack caused Bird to lose her legs, and much of her eyesight. Bird would pass away just months after Black was sentenced, in Nov. 2017. Photo credit Bryan Eneas.

Bryan Eneas is a reporter and photographer for two news websites covering north and central Saskatchewan, and he’s also spent time as both the morning and afternoon news anchor for radio stations based out of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Just over one year into his tenure with, he became an integral part of launching, bringing daily news back to a region which had previously been abandoned by other media outlets.

Using his photojournalism training from Loyalist College, he has helped bring quality photo and video content to both websites.

Bryan  has so far dedicated his journalism career to telling the stories of Indigenous people in the Treaty 6, 8 and 10 territory of Canada. As a member of the Penticton Indian Band, who in his youth paid attention to the way Indigenous people were represented in the media, he strives to change the way their stories are told in the news.

Photojournalism program testimonial

Attending Loyalist College’s Photojournalism program gave me an opportunity to spend two years focusing on my abilities as a photographer, while learning how to make multimedia projects and sharpen my writing abilities. The program surrounded me with many talented photographers, writers and video producers from across Canada and around the world, who helped me grow and develop as an individual. Many of those people became some of my closet friends. Constructive and insightful criticisms from professors and peers alike has allowed me to learn and grow as a photographer.

While I never pictured myself working in the news world, the photojournalism program gave me all of the skills I needed to survive in the fast-paced and constantly changing world of news. Now, I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to work anywhere else but a newsroom.

I recommend the Loyalist Photojournalism program to anyone aspiring to find a practical use for their love of photography and anyone interested in getting into the media industry.

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Tom Hanson winner heading to Toronto internship

© Lethbridge Herald photo by Tijana Martin
Cowboys get ready to compete in the Can-Am Pro Challenge Rodeo as part of Whoop-Up Days in Lethbridge on Thursday, August 25th, 2016. Tijana Martin/ Lethbridge Herald

Tijana Martin is currently working full-time as a photographer and reporter for Lethbridge Herald. She graduated from the Loyalist photojournalism program as a fast-track student in 2013, but still sees the world as her classroom. This summer, she will be taking a leave of absence to spend six weeks in Toronto working as an intern for The Canadian Press as this year’s Tom Hanson photojournalism award recipient.

Prior to securing a job for The Lethbridge Herald, Tijana spent time as a photography intern for The Calgary Herald, The Montreal Gazette and The Waterloo Region Record.

Her work has been recognized by the News Photographer’s Association of Canada, The Canadian Journalism Foundation and The Canadian Press, and the Alberta Weekly Newspaper  Association.

Photojournalism program testimonial

 I will always think fondly of my time at Loyalist College. The photojournalism program played a key role in shaping who I am as a photographer today. The instructors bring with them a vast amount of knowledge and resources, having spent years working and teaching in the industry. My teachers and my peers helped foster an environment of success. Despite any differences, we all came together in an effort to learn how to share important stories and capture the life of our communities through our images. I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone with a desire to serve their community as a photojournalist.


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Video a passion for Tory Lovekin

This image is of Mariah in Regent Park. Making this image was like putting a pin in a map – it grounded me in a story I hadn’t even realized I was telling. It propelled me to work with Mariah’s family and others for a further four years, telling the story of Regent Park’s transformation and revitalization. 

Since entering the media industry in 2005, Tory Lovekin has worked at Canada’s top newspapers in a freelance and staff capacity. Her love of photojournalism quickly evolved into a love of video, and in 2008, she joined the staff of the Globe and Mail as one of three members of the new video production team. It was an interesting time to be shooting video at a newspaper, and was not without it’s struggles – or highlights! “It was an intense time, and I remain grateful for all that I learned.

“In 2010 I left to go back out on my own, and after a few years of shooting corporate video I was thrilled in early  2013 to join the Creative Services Studio at The Hosptial for Sick Children – or as it is more commonly known, SickKids. My position requires me to produce, shoot, and edit video for a variety of internal and external clients – ranging from clinical to communications. I am just as comfortable working in scrubs in an OR as I am with the CEO, and truly love the variety my job allows me. I am also one of two bio-medical photographers, and work with patients in our clinical studio when the need arises. Perhaps the most satisfying part of my job is knowing that everything I do – whether it is a video about a policy change, a new surgical approach, or an internal communication – is grounded in better patient care. I believe in our mission, Healthier Children. A Better World., and am proud to be a part of it.”

Photojournalism program testimonial:

The Loyalist PJ program sets its students up for success in that it exposes them directly to the industry itself. Without the editorial board, weekly seminar series, or the encouragement of Frank and the rest of the staff, we would just have been a class of shooters in a small town. But the school’s steadfast commitment to connecting students with the very people they would be working for, and with,  upon graduation is at the core of the program’s strength. As the industry gets smaller and the skill set required to survive more diverse, I think it is more important than ever that students ride that wave of commitment, and take advantage of every opportunity the program offers.



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James Wood career takes him west

Outriders thunder along the track during the chuckwagon races that took place during the Wainwright Stampede. Sunday June 21, 2015 in Wainwright, Alta. James Wood/Lloydminster Meridian Booster/Postmedia Network

James Wood is the news director for four radio stations on the north end of Vancouver Island, and a 2014 grad of the Loyalist College Photojournalism program.

He has worked for multiple media companies over the past four years, starting with the first two in print and digital journalism for the Lloydminster Meridian Booster in Lloydminster, Alberta.

He moved on from the paper into the newsroom for Lloydminster’s rock radio station, 106.1 the Goat, in the early part of 2016, and continued on to the CHAT TV newsroom in Medicine Hat, Alberta, in 2017. He has been working in the Comox Valley since December of 2017, running news operations for the North Island Cluster of Vista Radio.

In his time as a staff reporter/photographer for a thrice-weekly newspaper, television news, and radio reporting, he has  been using his photojournalism training to illustrate the stories the newsroom is assembling, because a good picture will always draw more attention.

Photojournalism program testimonial

The Photo-J program at Loyalist was many things to me. It gave me a lifelong group of friends, and catapulted me headfirst into the world of news and news photography, which I had always been around, coming from a media family. Overall, the program drove me to always be moving forward in my career and work as a journalist, no matter what medium I find myself working in. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t gone through those classes and had those experiences.

I would recommend it to anyone.

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March 22 Photojournalism Pioneer

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