Carla Oliveira
 

Carla Oliveira

“Understanding what is happening in society, explaining it, breaking it down, and saying ‘this is what happened; what does it mean? What impact will it have?’” This is why Carla Oliveira loves journalism. Having been a Radio-Canada news anchor for the past five years across the country, Oliveira has most recently been working in the Eastern Townships for the Téléjournal Estrie. Her love of driving debate has played another important role in developing her interest, as journalism provides, “a space for a debate of ideas, presenting different point of views, different opinions and different interpretations of what happened.”

Curiosity is a must in Oliveira’s field, not only about what’s happening, but about people. Being a field journalist at heart, Oliveira admits that her favourite part about journalism is meeting people; “often when you meet someone who is passionate, for a certain cause for example, it’s extremely inspiring.” Oliveira also remarks that to be a good journalist, “you have to stay humble in the sense that you don’t know everything; you always have to go digging to know more.”

Her love of journalism was seeded when Oliveira was doing Portuguese community radio in Montreal as a pastime. During her undergrad, she wrote for The Campus and dabbled in written journalism. “I didn’t become a journalist right after Bishop’s, it took some time. But I think they were all little stepping stones.” When asked what her favourite part of having gone to Bishop’s was, Oliveira quipped; “that’s a hard question: do I give a politically correct answer or not?” as she laughed. “That it was like a huge family, with people coming from all over the country and the world.”