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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