An icon of Canadian broadcasting, Toronto-based CityNews anchor Gord Martineau has been with Citytv for more than 35 years – a time that’s seen dramatic changes in how news is collected and disseminated. “In my industry, you have to stay on top and learn about the latest ENG (electronic news-gathering) capabilities,” he says. An avid cyclist and philanthropist, Martineau is also a father. Here’s how he stays connected.
Smartphone: iPhone 5
I got it about four months ago. I was a BlackBerry guy prior to that, mainly for the keyboard. On the iPhone, I’m much slower at typing. Sometimes a text reply from my wife is nothing but her laughing. The lesson: Vet what you type. What auto-correct teaches you to do is edit and proof what you say before you click “send.”
I don’t use it so often for work – the iPhone is better for that – but what’s great is its portability. I have a 37-inch iMac at home, but rarely use it anymore, except for larger projects. I don’t have an add-on keyboard for the iPad – I know some people who use them – but the keyboard on it works fine enough for me.
I spend most of my time online reading newspaper and information sites, searching for alternate points of view, whether from Huffington Post or the L.A. Times. Flipboard is usually a good starting point.
I’m a big automotive fan. This site is really well-written and explains why one car is better than another, why it’s overpriced, its long-term roadability and all aspects of the automotive industry.
It’s been a big help in spreading the word about my charity, the Herbie Fund, which helps children in Third-World countries get surgeries they desperately need. In April, I was in the Philippines and took some pictures and video, which were quickly uploaded to Facebook for everyone to see. We often post updates about past patients, as well.
I sometimes go on two-hour bike rides, and I’ve been really thinking about getting a CatEye bicycle computer. It lets you track how many miles you’ve travelled, among other things.
Most wanted gadget: CatEye bicycle computer