As a field reporter for CityNews, Melanie Ng hits the streets to bring
viewers the latest in news and events from across Toronto and the GTA.
Working with the media on a daily basis in her previous career in the
fast-paced world of PR, Melanie knew her true calling was in broadcasting and
enrolled in the postgraduate Broadcast Journalism program at Seneca College at
York University. Her next challenge took her to a new level…hundreds of feet up
high in a helicopter! As a reporter at the Canadian Traffic Network, Melanie
provided breaking news and traffic reports for CHCH News, Global News and local
radio stations. Melanie was a weekend news anchor and videographer at CHCH
before finding a home as a field reporter at Citytv in October 2010.
Melanie Ng grew up in Oakville and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University
with a double honours degree in Communication Studies and English, and a minor
in History. Melanie went on to complete a postgraduate certificate in Public
Relations from Humber College, graduating with honours.
you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the
media, specifically news. I knew that I
somehow wanted to work in the field – I just wasn’t sure where I saw
myself. After my first career in public
relations, I realized my heart was in reporting
would you like to be five years from now?
matter and feeling like I’ve made a difference.
advice for people getting started in your industry?
got to roll with the punches. Most
importantly, don’t forget who you are.
interview you’ve ever had?
interviews, I find the most interesting stories come from everyday people.
who’ve lost loved ones. It never gets easier seeing the unbelievable pain
they’re going through. However, if
they’re willing to share their story, those interviews can sometimes be the
advice you’ve ever been given?
the most important tip you can give PR pros?
creative solutions if your original plan doesn’t pan out.
experience you’ve had with a PR pro?
of elements into a story. I thought I’d
have to reach out to a several companies, but one PR rep saw what I needed and
was able to coordinate everything in a couple stops. It was a great example of going above and
could meet them.
app (or whatever you are downloading these days)?
puzzles. Yes, I’m sort of a dork.