Erin Lawrence is a senior producer with CTV Morning Live in Calgary and a freelance journalist, writer and blogger. Follow her on Twitter @tvchick13CTV.
+1 What do you read to keep current on the latest trends and news?
I read two or three local newspapers each morning, then surf the web for other local news on at least half a dozen other blogs and sites. I also try to read at least one of the national papers. I’m constantly on Mashable, Reddit, Buzzfeed and the Alberta Courts site digging around for trends and hidden tidbits that would make great unique news stories.
+ 2 If you could live in any city, where would it be and why?
If I had my freedom and unlimited funds, I’d live in Madrid, Spain. I studied in Spain for a year during university and the country still holds allure for me. I love the food, the people and the culture—not to mention the gorgeous, historic country and architecture.
+3 What’s your “plan B” if you need to spontaneously switch careers?
I do quite a bit of freelance writing in my free time: magazines, blogs, newspapers, corporate work. It’s a different style of writing than I use for TV news producing, so I get to flex a different set of creative muscles. I find it fun and inspiring to take on writing projects and being able to go deeper into a subject or issue, as with magazine writing, or to learn about new technology as I do writing for a tech blog. I guess that’s a solid plan B if TV news becomes obsolete!
+4 Most coveted superpower?
Omnilinguilism: the ability to speak and understand all languages. Or, perhaps most useful in journalism and news investigation: lie detection. I could save myself a lot of time with that superpower.
+5 Looking back, of which moment in your career are you most proud of and why?
I have two; winning an Edward R. Murrow Award for planning and managing a cross country mobile bus broadcast for Global National ahead of the 2004 federal election, where we broadcasted the nightly national news from a different Canadian city each night. The other is winning a second Edward R. Murrow award for co-producing a documentary on Calgary and High River’s catastrophic 2013 floods. The bus tour was an epic undertaking that had never been done before—or since—in Canadian broadcasting. It went off almost perfectly, was very successful and well-remembered. The documentary was a chance to dig into people’s stories from that terrible flood and show that months afterward, people were still desperately in need of help. In both cases, these opportunities gave voice to people who needed to tell their stories.