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News for lunch with Patti Sonntag of The New York Times

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Patti Sonntag is a managing editor in The New York Times’ News Services division, directing a team of editors and writers producing dozens of news and opinion content streams. A recipient of the Michener Fellowship in Journalism Education and a researcher with the Corporate Mapping Project, she is currently leading a group of four journalism programs across Canada on an investigation, in collaboration with the CMP. She teaches investigative reporting and data journalism at Concordia University.

Bring your lunch!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 12 PM - 1 PM

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Doug Cuthand to give 2016 Minifie Lecture

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Doug Cuthand is an award-winning, independent producer of documentaries, docu-dramas and dramas. He is also a weekly current affairs commentator for Missinipi Broadcasting, the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix and the Regina Leader Post.

Cuthand will deliver his lecture, titled "Playing the Long Game in Indian Country," on Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 7:30 pm in the Education Auditorium. Free Admission and parking. More details to come.

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Hard hitting insightful documentaries featured by master of journalism students

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The first ever graduates of the master of journalism class (l-r) Alina Perrault, Virginia Wright, Joshua Campbell and Sasha-Gay Lobban. Photo submitted

By Costa Maragos

Journalism at its finest will be on display at the U of R as the first ever graduates of the master of journalism program present their final projects.

The Master of Journalism Project Showcase, October 19, features hard-hitting documentaries from the four graduating students. The topics include a critical look at oil development in rural Saskatchewan, Aboriginal child welfare system, fighting infectious diseases in Jamaica and questions about PotashCorp of Saskatchewan’s dealings in the Western Sahara.

"We're excited that the School of Journalism can serve as an incubator for high quality public interest journalism,"says Patricia Elliott, assistant  professor at the U of R's School of Journalism. "These projects represent the kind of in depth public interest journalism that citizens want and need."

The Master of Journalism program is a one-year intensive professional degree, with an extra year of enhanced training and a newsroom internship for students who do not have prior journalism experience. The program has expanded to seven students as the school works to "gradually increase our capacity year by year," says Elliott.

The public is invited to view the final projects from this year’s graduates.

Event:  Master of Journalism Project Showcase.
Date:   Wednesday, October 19
Time:   7pm
Venue: Research and Innovation Center, University of Regina.

Here’s is a brief look at the documentaries that will be presented.

  • Joshua Campbell

“Sirocco: Winds of Resistance” examines the non-violent struggle of two indigenous Saharawi women in the occupied territory of Western Sahara, south of Morroco. The documentary questions the dealings of PotashCorp of Saskatchewan in the Western Sahara.
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  • Sasha-Gay Lobban

"Emergency" is a radio documentary that explores infectious diseases in Jamaica and government's approach in dealing with such. The story speaks to victims affected by the spread of infectious diseases over the last three years in Jamaica. Listeners will hear how this problem has affected the general population, especially mothers who lost their babies to infection outbreaks.

  • Alina Perrault

“I Miss You” is a TV documentary on the crisis in Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal child welfare system. The story focuses on Aboriginal grandmothers’ role in ‘rescuing’ their grand-kids from being placed in institutionalized or foster care.

  • Virginia Wright

"Stewards of the Land," focuses on environmental and health concerns of oil development in rural Saskatchewan.

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War correspondent recalls his U of R experience

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Derek Stoffel is to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement, October 6 Photo courtesy of DG Corporate Studios
As the senior journalist for CBC News in the Middle East, the most volatile region in the world, Derek Stoffel strives to provide his listeners and viewers with stories that offer perspective and insight.To Stoffel, that means getting out of the newsroom in Jerusalem and into the field.“In a world where there are so many things vying for our attention I think it’s important that we continue to send journalists into the field to help us better understand the world and our place in it. Headlines are not enough. We need context and depth and one needs to leave a newsroom to deliver that.”

Such coverage comes with the potential for danger. In 2013 Stoffel and another CBC correspondent were detained while reporting on citizen protests in Istanbul that were met by police with tear gas and water cannons.In spite of the risks, Stoffel maintains – as he did at the 2015 James M. Minifie Lecture at the University of Regina – that it is important to provide Canadians with stories that have a Canadian perspective.“We need to understand who are the Syrians that are being resettled in Canada. We need to know what Canada’s assistance to countries such as Egypt and Jordan is doing to help alleviate poverty. It can be dangerous at times but the less we understand about these places the less we understand about ourselves.”

Before becoming the CBC’s Middle East correspondent in 2011 Stoffel spent more than a decade covering national news in Toronto. He also worked as a reporter and producer for the BBC World Service and has reported from the United States, Europe and Afghanistan. His stories about the fallout from the Arab Spring in Egypt, Syria and Libya have earned national and international awards.

Stoffel says he’s still on a journey of discovery and learning that began at the University of Regina. Most of his classes in political science and then in journalism were small, creating good memories of engaging debates that encouraged critical thinking.

“The University really opened up my mind to challenging my beliefs and to process, question and evaluate my way of looking at the world. In obtaining degrees in political science and then in journalism I remember how most classes were small which allowed me and the other students better access to our professors,” he says.

For the last three years Stoffel has received the Radio Television News Director Association of Canada’s radio award for continuing coverage for stories from Egypt, Syria and Libya. The same body of work from Syria (from the only trip by a Canadian journalist working for a major news outlet to the embattled city of Aleppo) won the prestigious New York Festivals Gold Medal in 2013.

“It’s an incredible honour to be recognized by the University,” he says. “Sometimes I almost feel I have to pinch myself to see it’s not just one big dream - as I look back at all the amazing events I’ve been witness to and the incredible people I’ve met. To be recognized for this is quite something.”

Living half a world away from home, Stoffel keeps in touch with the University through online alumni updates, through friends who also attended the University and Degrees magazine.

“The University of Regina certainly began the period in my life when I became engaged in the world,” Stoffel says. “Through classes in, say, international relations, I learned about the world outside of Regina — while helping me develop a keen sense of who I was and where I came from.”

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J.C. Garden credits the School of Journalism for his success

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J.C. Garden, who’s held a variety of positions at CTV Regina, now is news director. Photo courtesy of Karyn Mulcahy, CTV Regina

By Dale Johnson

Since J. C. Garden graduated from the School of Journalism in 2004, he’s been a news reporter, anchor, weather presenter and program host at CTV Regina – and he was recently named news director.

“When I started my career in news, I didn't think I would ever do the weather. When I started doing the weather I didn't think I would ever be in management. You can't predict the future, but you can put yourself in position to succeed. I think having a university degree gives you that edge,” Garden says. 

Garden is finding that as his career evolves, he’s making use of what he learned at the University of Regina. 

“The broad range of subjects you learn about can really prepare you for future challenges, you just might not realize it while you’re sitting in the lecture hall. A university education gives you a solid base of knowledge, and forced me to think critically about subjects I never really appreciated before. I never really understood why I needed to take economics and psychology. Why couldn't I just skip to the journalism courses? But I need what I learned in those classes as often as my knowledge in journalism,” he explains.
 
Garden – who says he always had an aptitude for public speaking – recalls that he was in high school before he decided to go into journalism. 

So why did he decide to attend the University of Regina? 

“Journalism and the program at the University of Regina seemed like a perfect fit. It had an excellent reputation and it was very difficult to get into. In fact, I didn't get in right away. I remember I was on a waiting list. It was very humbling. I was accepted eventually, but I used that experience as motivation to push myself when I was going through the rigours of J-School.”   

And Garden has plenty of fond memories of his days at the U of R.

“The School of Journalism connects you to some pretty amazing journalists. The CBC hosted a Town Hall at the University when I was there. Peter Mansbridge, Adrienne Arsenault, Keith Boag and Trina McQueen were just a few of the speakers. There was a reception following the Town Hall and these tremendously accomplished journalists sat with my classmates and I and shared their stories with us. Let me tell you, listening to Peter Mansbridge tell war stories while having a good glass of scotch in the U of R Faculty Lounge was worth every penny of my tuition that semester.” 

Garden’s counterpart as news director at CTV Saskatoon is Dani Mario – who is also a graduate of the U of R’s School of Journalism. Sometimes these two news directors work on joint projects. 

“We now do the selection for prospective journalism school interns. We've come full circle; we were once the students vying for the best internship opportunities, now we are the ones giving them out. Both of us can say to internship candidates ’we know exactly how you feel’ because were in the exact same position not that long ago.”

Garden is glad he went to the School of Journalism at the University of Regina.

“Journalism School prepared me to present the news. University prepared me for the workplace. The internship program is second to none in the industry. That experience alone gave me the opportunity to work at CTV Regina. I don't know where I would be if I explored any other program,” Garden says.

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From Jamaica to the School of Journalism

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Sasha-Gay Lobban, student at the U of R’s School of Journalism, was voted Young Journalist of the Year by the Press Association of Jamaica. Photo courtesy of Alina Perrault

By Costa Maragos

Sasha-Gay Lobban came to love journalism at a young age. Lobban, who grew up in Ocho Rios, St Ann, Jamaica, is now completing her Master’s of Journalism Degree at the School of Journalism at the U of R.


“Journalism has been a passion of mine since my teen years. I loved what I heard on the radio and saw on TV and loved what I was reading, so I figured it was something I could delve into,” says Lobban. “Everything that I did in high school contributed to building a career in journalism.”

That strategy carried over into her post-secondary education in Jamaica. After two years at Brown’s Town Community College, Lobban moved on to University of the West Indies. There, she graduated with first-class honours with a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communications from the University’s Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication, CARIMAC.

From there it was onto to the real world of journalism in Jamaica. She worked in print and radio with the North Coast Times, a community-based award winning newspaper. Lobban was then hired by IRIE FM, Jamaica’s highest-rated radio station, to work as a reporter and on-air news presenter.

While at IRIE FM, Lobban was voted Young Journalist of the Year in 2014, by the Press Association of Jamaica.

She has a passion for reporting on issues affecting the average Jamaican, including the country’s problematic health care system.

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Sasha-Gay Lobban has been a broadcaster and print reporter in Jamaica where she graduated with first-class honours from the University of the West Indies, UWI.

“Because of intense social issues in Jamaica, and we have many, the health system is one that is always brought to the forefront. We always feel the health system could be much better to help people,” says Lobban.

“I like to work with average people and tell their stories. I think they have the best stories. I feel once I am able to communicate the genuine concerns they have, and tell their story, that will stimulate change,” she says.

Lobban returned to Jamaica early summer to work on her master’s thesis, which includes a radio documentary on the connection between mosquito-borne disease and climate change and the health politics of the chikungunya and zika viruses in Jamaica.

“There was an outbreak of the chikungunya virus in 2014 and it affected a lot of people, mostly the elderly and children. The hospitals in Jamaica couldn’t manage the amount of people that fell ill, and people thought the government was hiding the impact it had,” says Lobban, who will produce a radio documentary on the issue as part of her thesis.

Lobban was asked to reflect on her experience at the U of R’s School of Journalism so far.

“At first I was a bit nervous about coming here. But I received assistance from the professors. They helped me get settled in. The camaraderie at the J-school - that is what I love about it. It made the program more enticing,” says Lobban.

“I have been fortunate to be given some scholarship opportunities from the U of R as well. It was very gracious of the University. If I were in Jamaica, I couldn’t afford a master’s anytime soon. To have somebody from Jamaica come to a J-school and it is one of the best journalism schools in Canada, I cannot say otherwise. My experience so far has been good,” she says.

As for life after J-School, Lobban is keeping her options open which might include doing international work. But right now, she’s focussed on her documentary and looking forward to presenting her master’s thesis.

The Master of Journalism program at the University of Regina is the only one of its kind on the prairies.  The school is expanding the program, accepting more applicants for the Fall Semester.

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StarPhoenix reporter Jason Warick on covering First Nations and understanding colonialism

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J-School Talks with Jason Warick will air on Access 7 in Regina and LaRonge starting next week. Jason talks about the need for journalists to understand colonialism, and to treat the communities they visit with respect. Tune in on the  the followng air dates:

Regina
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 19:00:00
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 22:30:00
Sat, Mar 19, 2016 16:00:00
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 17:30:00

La Ronge:
Thu, Mar 10, 2016 21:30:00
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 19:00:00
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 17:30:00

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Decolonizing Media Public Discussion

What would a decolonized media landscape in Saskatchewan look like? What are the challenges and successes? Watch a lively town hall discussion with media-makers and media-watchers--recorded by School of Journalism students--in conjunction with the Community-Based Research Showcase and Media Democracy Days. View here.

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Town Hall Discussion moderated by Dr Shauneen Pete

Panelists:
Betty Ann Adam
Creeson Agecoutay
Kerry Benjoe
Nelson Bird
Merv Brass
Doug Cuthand
Ntawnis Piapot
Carmen Robertson
Chris Tyrone Ross

Presented by the School of Journalism, RPIRG, CCPA-Sask, Dept. of Justice Studies, Dept of Politics and International Studies, Dept of Sociology and Social Studies, Dept of Women's and Gender Studies, and the Faculty of Arts, University of Regina.
Organizing committee: Brad Bellegarde, Joshua Campbell, Trish Elliott

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U of R always feels like home for journalism grad

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Molly Thomas in Erbil, Iraq interviewing Sarah Ahmed, a 27-year-old Iraqi local who fearlessly travels between refugee camps to provide humanitarian aid and school supplies for children. Photo courtesy of Cecil Laguardia.

By Costa Maragos

 

The U of R campus still feels like home to Molly Thomas, nearly five years after she graduated with a degree from the School of Journalism.

“I know my teachers by their first names. I have many of their cell phone numbers, and I just called one of them,” laughs Thomas, speaking to us during one of her recent visits to the U of R. She now lives in Toronto.

“The university represents not only just getting my degree, but playing basketball in the gym – and coming here as a young kid to watch the games. My brother was here and my sister.  All three of us have graced the hallways here. It is special.” 

Thomas was back in Regina recently to shoot a segment for a faith-based current affairs show called Context with Lorna Dueck, which airs on Global TV across Canada and on smaller networks in the U.S. 

Thomas’ story, “Faith in the Big Leagues,” features members of the Saskatchewan Roughriders who value both football and faith. 

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Molly Thomas with Roughriders John Chick and Jeff Knox Jr. for her upcoming “Faith in the Big Leagues” show. (Photo credit Rod Donison).

Thomas regularly contributes stories and hosts for Context while attending the University of Toronto, where she is pursuing a fulltime MA at the Munk School of Global Affairs.  

However, prior to her return to university, Thomas compiled an impressive resume early in her broadcasting career.

She has contributed to newscasts at Global News Edmonton, CBC Quebec, CBC Saskatchewan where she was a TV and radio reporter, and CTV Regina where she was the co-host of Saskatchewan’s top-rated TV morning show.

Thomas held that job for more than two years, receiving two nominations from the Radio Television Digital News Association, and winning the Prairie Regional News Award for her sports feature on the U of R Women’s basketball program called “Tracks of Success.”  

Thomas credits her early broadcasting success to the training she received at the School of Journalism.

“I’ve worked in different places across the country and one of the things that amazes me about this program, is the internship component,” says Thomas.

“First time you knock on the door for a job you have the skill sets behind you. You’ve already worked in the business and that’s incredible. I noticed that in other schools in the country, fellow journalists did not have that opportunity.”

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Molly Thomas, when she was co-host of the popular CTV Regina Morning LIVE.
(Photo Credit: Brennan Neufeld)

Thomas says she has always had a passion for reporting abroad. Even in her U of R days, she dreamed of being a foreign correspondent.

“I am fascinated by the prospect of telling stories around the globe. I come from a multicultural family. My father is from Malaysia and my mother is from India. They immigrated here and have taken us to different places in the world and exposed us to poverty and to injustices,” says Thomas.

Thomas first got her chance to report in an international setting thanks to two scholarships provided by the School of Journalism.

The Ron Robbins Traveling Scholarship and the CIDA Development Scholarship sent Thomas to Rwanda and Uganda for 6 months.

Since then, she has reported from post-earthquake Haiti and London for the 2012 Olympics. Last spring, she was in Northern Iraq and Jordan documenting the plight of internally displaced people and refugees due to ISIS.

Most recently, she was in New York covering the Pope’s address to the UN and just came back from Paris after the recent attacks. Her feature “Pray for Paris, can be seen here.

For now, Thomas is focused on completing her studies at the U of T with an eye on a more integrated future.

“Storytelling will always be my first love and I will use it wherever I go, but in a changing world of technology, there are so many new places beyond traditional newsrooms to use your journalism skills.”  

Those storytelling skills were built 5 years ago in the Adhum building, in the School of Journalism, and for that reason, the U of R will always feel like home.

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Dani Mario credits School of Journalism for her career success

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Dani Mario is the news director at CTV Saskatoon.  Photo courtesy of Stephen Kent

By Dale Johnson

Dani Mario has packed a lot into her journalism career since she graduated from the University of Regina’s School of Journalism in 2009. She’s been a reporter, editor and host with CBC radio in Saskatchewan, and for the past year she has been news director at CTV Saskatoon.

“U of R grads are known for being multi-skilled, and it’s made it easier for me to confidently step up in a number of different roles,” explains Mario, who did an internship as a reporter with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix newspaper, and worked as a stringer and freelancer for Thomson Reuters in Mongolia, providing articles to the Beijing bureau.

Mario demonstrated a passion for journalism long before she enrolled at the University of Regina – or even started high school.

“I had a hand-drawn leaflet as a kid called ‘Kidz Newz.’ I’d photocopy the original, and hand out the copies to homes around the neighbourhood. I took it pretty seriously. I even had a few friends helping out. I guess we weren’t really appealing to our audience, though. Other kids teased me a bit about it, and after all of that, journalism was one of those career paths that I’d shuffled into the same pile as ‘astronaut’, or ‘professional basketball player.’ It seemed like a pipe dream, but now I find it silly that I would have ever considered anything else,” she recalls.

And she says going to the U of R was the obvious choice.

“I grew up in Regina, and going to another school was never really seriously considered. The School of Journalism in Regina offered small classes, paid internships and I saw a lot of alumni who succeeded after finishing their classes.”

So Mario enrolled in pre-journalism classes and wrote for the student newspaper, the Carillon. She earned her BA in Journalism with distinction, and her minor was political science.

“I met a lot of great people at the U of R. My earlier arts classes opened the doors to a lot of friendships with people who were exploring different disciplines, and that was fantastic. What was even greater was the opportunity to step into a classroom of two dozen other people who had the same passion for news and current affairs that I did. There’s a lot of diversity in opinion and experience at the School of Journalism, but there is the common passion as well.”

Mario returned from her stint in Mongolia in 2010 and found work at CBC in Regina. She reported for CBC radio and television and filled in on the anchor desk. That experience earned her a position as the news host at CBC television in Saskatoon, where she remained on the job for more than a year.

Now, Mario is working behind the scenes at Saskatoon’s highest rated TV news operation, making key editorial decisions. Mario has absolutely no regrets about her choice of career and university.

“If I could go back and do it all again, I’d do it the same way. It’s a proven program that puts you in a good position for employment and success. It’s fun going to work at something you really care about.”

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2015 Kay Robbins Scholarship award announced

We are pleased to announce that this year's recipient of the Kay Robbins Scholarship is Kaitlyn Van de Woestyne. Ms. Van de Woestyne was one of four applicants, all of whom had compelling projects.
 
Kaitlyn's project is a proposed 30 minute video documentary about a man named Petros Kunene living in Swaziland, Africa who has adopted 13 children in the last decade. All orphaned by HIV/AIDS, half of them have been diagnosed as HIV-positive. For the many other orphaned children in the community he can't afford to parent, Kunene has established a shelter where they can live; a service he considers vital for a country that has lost almost an entire generation of elders and developed another of orphaned children due to HIV/AIDS. Swaziland has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world.
 
Van de Woestyne's project will take place this summer.

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The Audacity of Beauty: 30 Years in Haiti through the Lens of Maggie Steber

From the overthrow of “Baby Doc” Duvalier to recovery from the devastating 2010 earthquake, award-winning documentary photographer Maggie Steber has spent more than three decades working in Haiti. Delving deeper than sensational scenes of poverty and desperation, Maggie’s work brings Haitians’ stories to life with photographs that highlight beauty and humanity in unexpected places.

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Photo: “Mother’s Funeral” by Maggie Steber

In this special event series, Maggie will share her approach to photography, lessons learned during a career spanning more than 30 years and 66 countries, and what keeps drawing her back to Haiti.

Tuesday, November 24, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)

University of Regina School of Journalism

3737 Wascana ParkwayRoom

Free admission, click here to register

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Join us and Mellissa Fung on Nov. 17 as she discusses reporting from one of the world’s most fragile states

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On the airwaves and in print, former CBC journalist Mellissa Fung has brought Afghanistan’s stories home to Canadians – even after being abducted while on assignment at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Kabul. Drawing on her experiences reporting from the region over the last seven years, Mellissa will share what she has learned about Afghanistan, about its people, and about taking on a foreign assignment in one of the world’s most fragile countries. She will also reflect on what Afghans have gained since 2001… and why we must remain committed to the country at this crucial moment for Afghanistan’s future.

This event is co-presented by Aga Khan Foundation Canada and our partner journalism schools across the country. Mellissa’s presentation will include an audience Q&A.

Please join us as we travel across Canada to bring this exciting talk and workshop to your university. All events are free and refreshments will be served.

University of regina School of Journalism
Administration Humanities
Building, Room 105.2.2

Monday, November 17
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
lunch included

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2014 edition of The Crow available now

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The Crow, our annual student magazine, just arrived from the printers! Visit the school now to pick up your copy. Or see the pdf of this and past issues here.

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INFORMATION SESSION

If you're a student contemplating your next educational and career steps, this is your chance to tour the School of Journalism, learn more about the Bachelor's and Master's options in journalism or chat one-on-one with a faculty member.
 
Wednesday, October 8th
Noon-1 pm.
School of Journalism Studio, 1st Floor, Administration-Humanities Building, University of Regina
Register at journalism@uregina.ca or on-site.
 
Widely recognized as one of the country's best, the University of Regina's Journalism School was the first university-based journalism program in Western Canada. Building on this proud tradition of innovation, leadership and excellence in journalism education, it now offers the first Master's option on the Canadian Prairies.


Master of Journalism program launches

Journalism education in Canada took a major step forward today, with the announcement of a Master of Journalism (MJ) program at the University of Regina. It will be the first such program on the Prairies.

“The University of Regina is committed to serving the needs of students, employers and the public, providing new and more challenging program options,” said Dr. Thomas Chase, vice-president academic and provost. “The introduction of a Master’s program reaffirms the School of Journalism’s standing as one of Canada’s best-known and most successful journalism education programs.”

Jason Warick, a University of Regina School of Journalism graduate and long-time journalist for the StarPhoenix in Saskatoon, welcomed the announcement. “Journalists shine a light on the best and worst of our communities. The more tools we have to tell those stories, the better,” he said.

The program offers a one-year intensive professional degree, with an extra year of enhanced basic training and a newsroom internship for students who do not have prior journalism experience.

“One of the program highlights will be a major professional project, such as a documentary film or series of in depth articles,” explained Dr. Mitch Diamantopoulos, head of the School of Journalism. “Our teaching faculty are really excited about the opportunity to work with students at a more advanced and intensive level.”

In addition to the hands-on work that is the core of the University’s journalism education, MJ students will take upper level graduate courses and work together in graduate seminars. “About a third of our students already have degrees, and they’re eager to take on more challenging studies. This opportunity will provide them with deeper, specialized knowledge for in-depth reporting in their areas of interest,” said Diamantopoulos.

The new program includes a faculty-sharing agreement with the Indian Communications Arts (INCA) program at the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv), strengthening the existing bridge between the two highly regarded journalism programs.

“Access to a diversity of journalism education options right here on the Prairies is a wonderful opportunity for students from all walks of life,” said CTV’s Creeson Agecoutay, who attended both INCA and the School of Journalism. “Students can choose the entry point that best fits their interests and education level, and can now go all the way to a Master’s degree if they want.” 

Today’s launch begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Administration Humanities Building 'Pit' area in front of the School of Journalism. It will be followed by an open house at the School of Journalism and capped off with an evening celebration at the German Club (1727 St John St.) with a talk by Warick titled ‘Shining a light in dark corners – why good journalism matters.’  Members of the press and public are invited to join the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m.   

The School will begin accepting applications to the MJ program this January, with the first class entering its doors September, 2015.


Shining a light in dark corners: Why good journalism matters

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The School of Journalism invites you to join us and Saskatoon StarPhoenix reporter Jason Warick for his presentation "Shining a Light in Dark Corners: Why Good Journalism Matters.” Presented by the University of Regina School of Journalism and the U of R Alumni Association

Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Regina German Club (Downstairs) 1727 St John St.

Free admission, light snack buffet, and cash bar

U of R Journalism School graduate Jason Warick has been a reporter at The StarPhoenix since 1996. He’s filed stories from El Salvador to the Philippines, from Cypress Hills to the Black Lake Denesuline First Nation. Jason has worked as a farmer, roofer and grocery clerk, but decided to become a journalist because they got in to sports events and concerts for free. He’s grateful to the U of R for helping him find his way, and for finding his wife, fellow J-school grad Michelle Beveridge. They live in Saskatoon with their two children, Annie and Taras.


Two students up for six newspaper awards

Julia Dima and Kristen McEwen, both fourth year students at the School of Journalism, are up for six awards between them in the SWNA Better Newspapers Awards for work done as interns at the Moosomin World-Spectator. Dima is a finalist for Best Agriculture Coverage, Best Wildlife Photo and Best Sports Photo while McEwen is up for Best Habitat Conservation Writing. The two are also competing for Best Photo Essay: Dima for her coverage of wildlife of Churchill, Manitoba, and McEwen for her series of a Harvest for Hunger event.


Nahlah Ayed to deliver 2014 Minifie Lecture

The School of Journalism at the University of Regina is pleased to invite you to the 34th Annual Minifie Lecture, 7.30 pm, March 12 at the Education Auditorium. Mark your calendars!

This year's guest is Nahlah Ayed, a veteran CBC foreign correspondent currently based in London. 

For the better part of a decade, she lived in and covered the Middle East for CBC television, radio and online. From Riyadh to Tehran, Beirut to Baghdad, Ayed traveled the region extensively, reporting from many conflicts and interviewing key leaders. She also covered the Arab uprisings from the start. Ayed is also the author of A Thousand Farewells: A Reporter's Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring.

Watch for more details coming soon....


Charles Rusnell, Investigative Reporter & Producer, CBC Investigates presents:

Right To Know - The View from the Front Lines of Journalism

Charles Rusnell will talk about, and provide examples of, the increasing secrecy of organizations and governments, and the importance in a democratic society of fighting for access to force accountability and transparency. He will also talk about how those who administer access and freedom to information are sometimes placed in difficult situations by employers who refuse to abide by the law.

Charles Rusnell is one of Canada’s most-experienced investigative journalists and leads CBC Investigates, CBC’s investigative unit in Alberta. During a career spanning more than 25 years, he has produced stories about everything from crooked senators to rogue police officers to political influence peddling to bogus charities. An acknowledged expert in access and freedom to information, Rusnell has filed thousands of requests over the past nearly 30 years, and has been an outspoken advocate for increased access. He is an occasional lecturer on FOI at journalism schools and conferences and often appears on panels related to access and the law. Born and raised in Wadena, Saskatchewan, Rusnell has degrees from the universities of Saskatchewan and Regina.

Following Mr. Rusnell’s remarks, there will be recognition of an organization that has demonstrated leadership in promoting the public’s right to know. The award presentation will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

RIGHT TO KNOW WEEK

September 23 to September 27, 2013 is Right to Know Week in Saskatchewan. This week recognizes the importance of the public’s right to access public documents through The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This kind of law promotes accountable government by requiring government to operate in a transparent fashion.


Photojournalist John Stanmeyer visits J-school

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John Stanmeyer, a National Geographic photographer and founding member of VII Photo Agency, holds court with fourth year students during a visit and Q & A at the School of Journalism, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Stanmeyer, whose interests include food security, was in Saskatchewan to photograph potash mining and production.

John Stanmeyer has been the recipient of numerous honours including the prestigious Robert Capa award, named Magazine Photographer of the Year, awarded numerous World Press, Picture of the Year and NPPA awards and in 2008 received the National Magazine Award for his in-depth essay on the global Malaria epidemic.   


Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges visits U of R and School of Journalism

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Chris Hedges talks shop with students during a visit to the School of Journalism before his lecture Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012.

Chris Hedges is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Harvard Divinity scholar, former war correspondent and best selling author covering terrorism, the Iraq war and American politics and society. Wildly popular in some circles, banished from others, Chris Hedges is as relentless in his defence of the indigenous and the sacred as he is in his stance against glitz, banality, indifference, careerism and corporate power. His latest book (Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, 2012; co-author, J. Sacco) delves into four U.S. "sacrifice zones" ravished by economic exploitation, and examines the Occupy Movement.


2012 student docs hit festival screens

WTF are Mormons?, a final year documentary by recent grads Peter Mills, Sarah Ritchie and David Baxter, is an official selection at the 2012 Montreal Student Film Festival while Mush, by Kim Jay, Josee St. Onge and Deborah Shawcross is an official selection at the 2012 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival.  


Two more grads are off on assignments abroad

Grad Kim Jay won the Kay Robbins Assignment Abroad Award to investigate sustainable farming in Zambia. She will produce a documentary. The scholarship is funded by an endowment left by the J-School's first director, Ron Robbins. It supports emerging journalism students and is named to honour his wife Kay.

With the support of Journalists for Human Rights, grad Noah Wernikowski is off to Ghana on an assignment abroad this summer. 


Student prepares for second internship in... Bangkok!

Kelly Malone has been selected for J-School scholarship support to serve a second internship next fall at the Bangkok Post. Kelly is currently working her first internship this summer in broadcast, at News-Talk Radio in Saskatoon. 


Global Citizen Award winner debuts new documentary on Burma

J-School prof Trish Elliott, winner of the 2012 SCIC Global Citizen of the Year Award, recently released the documentary Breaking Open Burma: An inside look at the work of underground and exiled journalists, produced with Susan Risk. You can view the trailer at http://www.breakingopenburma.com


Class of '87 organize their own 25th Anniversary re-union trip to the U of R J-School ... and retired prof flies back to meet them!

An intensive program with only 26 accepted per year, the J-School continues to forge strong bonds between grads... but social media has made it easier to sustain those relationships over time.  


J-Schoolers earn while they learn

This year almost half the J-School's students were placed in a second internship, adding extra summer work experience to their for-credit, mandatory internship. This enabled many to get experience in both print and broadcast, as well as to travel more widely and work in varied newsrooms. This enhanced their portfolios and references and increased their chances of getting job offers from the employers they served on internship. With half a year of frontline experience under their belt on graduation, other employers also know they're twice as ready to hit the ground running. If your shop could use some help or have holidays or a mat leave to cover in 2013, contact J-School internship coordinator Mark Taylor: Mark.Taylor@uregina.ca


Over a third of the J-School grad class of 2012 are snapped up by employers--before the end of exams!

Even before the end of exams, 10 out of this year's 25 J-School grads already had job offers in their field. From News-Talk Radio to the Moose Jaw Times to the Lethbridge Herald to CBC and Radio-Canada, our grads hit the ground running. Several of these hires are the direct result of 13 week paid internships which place J-School students in newsrooms for a full academic term. 


Recent grad makes good with CBC doc assignment to Tunisia

http://www.thetelegram.com/Blog-Article/b/21964/Hitting-the-Bullseye


Both Crow stories submitted to the 2012 Western Magazine Awards made the shortlist for the Sask Gold Award.


Here is the list:

GOLD AWARD BEST ARTICLE - SASKATCHEWAN
Sponsored by Government of Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport
The Crow, Alana Bergstrom, A Desperate Measure
The Crow, Kent Morrison, The La Loche Project
Westworld Saskatchewan, D. Grant Black, Prairie Eggs Over Easy
Westworld Saskatchewan, Dyron Jenkins, Sweet Dreams Aren't Made of This
Westworld Saskatchewan, Josh Campbell, The River Kings

The award will be announced June 15, and the winner will receive $1,000.

 

Missed a Minifie?

The last four Minifie Lectures are now available on vimeo through the J-School website. These include talks by Terry Milewski, Tony Burman, Anna Maria Tremonti and Chantal Hebert: http://www.arts.uregina.ca/journalism/minifie-lecture.

If you prefer to read them the first 30 years of the Minifie Lecture, you can order Thirty years of journalism and democracy: The Minifie lectures, 1980-2010 here: http://www.cprcpress.ca/publications/30.

Watch for an announcement on our 2013 Minifie Lecturer soon...