Media, Darling: Melanie Ng

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.




Did
you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the
horizon?
Growing up, I was always drawn to 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

Where
would you like to be five years from now?
Still being able to tell stories that
matter and feeling like I’ve made a difference.

Any
advice for people getting started in your industry?
Be ready for a challenge. Things won’t always go as planned, but you’ve
got to roll with the punches. Most
importantly, don’t forget who you are.

What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own? 
I dabble in everything.

Best
interview you’ve ever had? 
Too many to mention. While I have had some fun celebrity
interviews, I find the most interesting stories come from everyday people.

Worst? 
I’ve talked to many grieving families
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
most powerful.

Best
advice you’ve ever been given? 
Just be yourself.

What rule(s) do you live your life by? 
Follow your heart. The rest will fall into place.

What’s
the most important tip you can give PR pros? 
Underpromise and overdeliver. Be aware of journalist deadlines and think of
creative solutions if your original plan doesn’t pan out.

Best
experience you’ve had with a PR pro? 
I was on a tight timeline to jam a number
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
beyond.

I hate? 
When people are inconsiderate. 

I love? 
A good laugh. Friends. Seafood. Wine. Dogs. Reality
TV.

Reading? 
The first 30 pages of several books. It takes a lot to pull me in and keep me
interested.

Best place on earth? 
Curled up under cozy sheets with no alarm
clock set.

Dinner
guest?
My grandparents who passed away before I
could meet them.

Hero? 
My mom. 

Favourite
app (or whatever you are downloading these days)? 
Any game apps that involve trivia or word
puzzles.  Yes, I’m sort of a dork.

Pool or
ocean? 
Definitely ocean.

Voicemail
or email? 
I like sending email, but receiving
voicemail.

City Living: Roger’s Cup

It’s that time of year when everyone’s favourite sport becomes tennis (Olympics notwithstanding). This year, while the ladies battle it out in Montreal, we Torontonians will get the chance to check out recent Wimbledon champ Federer take on Djokovic, Nadal, both Andy’s, and Canada’s favourite, Raonic. From Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 12, we suggest you head up to York University, grab a beverage and a hotdog, and cheer on most of the world’s best tennis players.


Why you should go:
It’s summer and while enjoying a cocktail on a patio never gets old, why not switch it up and try something new? The Rogers Cup is perfect for a date, a night out with friends, or a fun activity to do with your parents. First, stop by the food tents for a drink and a burger or hot dog (there’s also a selection of fancier food if you’re so inclined). We suggest you get there a little early if you’re interested in perusing all the great tennis clothes and equipment for sale (usually at a discounted price), or if you just feel like wandering around before planting yourself in your seat for a couple hours. If you’re lucky enough to have good seats, there’s nothing quite like sitting mere feet away from some of the world’s greatest athletes. Even if your seats are up in the nosebleeds, it’s still a great atmosphere and fun to watch live.


Who to look out for:
We’ve lost track of the number of times we’ve seen tennis finals with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but who else should you be looking out for? Serbian Novak Djokovic is currently ranked second in the world, beating Nadal who is ranked third. Brit Andy Murray is ranked fourth,  Spaniard David Ferrer is fifth and French Jo-Wilfred Tsonga is ranked 6th. We will be cheering for Canadian and 25th in the world, Milos Raonic. It’s said that he may even get bumped up to 10th place if he does well at the Rogers Cup. 

For a full list of rankings and bios check out the ATP website.

How to buy tickets: 
You can get your tickets online at Toronto.RogersCup.com, by calling 1-877-283-6647 or by emailing tickets@tenniscanada.com. Seats start at $25 with Mid Week, Weekender and VIP Weekender packages where you can save up to 30%.



And if you can’t make it out, they will be streaming the matches live in Yonge and Dundas Square from August 6th to 8th and then at the National Bank flagship at 121 King St. W (corner of King and York) from August 9th to 10th.