Hard hitting insightful documentaries featured by master of journalism students

By Costa Maragos Posted: October 16, 2016 6:00 p.m.

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

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.

  • 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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