News and Announcements

CAFE Spring Soirée!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 08:47

Dear friends of CAFE,

Come and celebrate the arrival of spring with your fellow editors, writers, and literati at the CAFE Spring Soirée! It will be an evening of socializing, networking, and fun with members of Calgary's editing and writing community.

DATE: Thursday, June 11, 2015

TIME: 7:00 pm—10:00 pm

VENUE: The King and I Restaurant, 822 11th Ave SW

PARKING: Plenty of street parking around the building

TICKETS: $15 for CAFE members, $20 for non-members

More information here


Video News Production- Transitions Online's newest journalism course

Friday, 15 May 2015 09:35

Date: August 1, 2015 – August 10, 2015
Location: Prague, Czech Republic

This comprehensive, hands-on video news production course will teach you the skills necessary to create professional video news stories suitable for all video news operations: television, newspaper websites and stand-alone internet/mobile news sites. You will be working in a real-world situation with typical newsroom deadlines to meet.

The course will be taught by two award-winning professionals – a veteran network news reporter-producer and a multifaceted video editor and director.

Below is a team video projection project for Anglo-American University's 2014 summer course Broadcast News & Video Production, 2014, taught by Stephani Shelton & Frank Herold.

More information here

This study abroad course may not be transferable to MRU. If you are interested in doing this course, contact your program chair to discuss it.


Deadline Extended to May 31st! Youth Media Award competition with Amnesty International!

Monday, 11 May 2015 09:57

I'm a volunteer Youth Organizer from Amnesty International Canada, a non-profit human rights organization. I contacted you about a month ago to share an exciting opportunity for youth and students to participate in Amnesty International's Media Award competition.

This is the first year we've presented an award designated for youth only. The Youth Media Award will be included in our annual Amnesty International Media Awards that have been presented for excellence in journalism about human rights since 1995.

Read more: Deadline Extended to May 31st! Youth Media Award competition with Amnesty International!


Ireland Summer Program

Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:44

This summer, Bridge Education Abroad Institute (BEA) will hold its 3rd annual summer program on the campuses of Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork. BEA will be hosting an award winning international faculty from some of the best universities in the USA and Europe. Students from learn from professors and guest speakers on the topics of: Ethno-national conflict and Irish identity, public policy, international relations and security, diplomacy, and global leadership.

The Ireland summer program is a premiere ten day summer institute for ambitious students and young professionals. We strive to challenge our students through a vigorous "real life" experience that features lecturers from some of the most prestigious universities in the word. Participants can look forward to team projects, simulations, press conferences and cultural excursions.

More information here

This study abroad course may not be transferable to MRU. If you are interested in doing this course, contact your program chair to discuss it.


Important Note From the Program Chair - 2

Monday, 04 May 2015 12:54

Additional note from Shauna: Just want to reassure you all, that the changes and merger are administrative only.... Your courses, program requirements for graduation, etc. are NOT changing! And your faculty will all still be here looking out for you! 


Hi, all,


Before too many rumours start circulating, I want to tell you what’s going on with the program leadership!


You may have heard that part of MRU’s budget cuts for next year involve combining some departments across the university…. The journalism department is one of those, and we are merging with the broadcast media department (a natural pairing) next year.


So given this reorganization, I have taken up the opportunity and have decided to step down as chair of the J-program. Simply put, I didn't want to be in a position where I wasn't teaching at all, and I couldn’t take on any additional workload without that being sacrificed. Most importantly, my children – who are just 7 and 9 – need me to start coming home for suppertime!


So I’ll be teaching a bit more henceforth, and of course will still be around on a full-time basis. We are expecting (hoping?) that the deans will still allocate some time for journalism program coordination; Terry Field and I will likely split that up.


We’ll keep you informed with any additional changes from the workload reorganization. The immediate one would be for all of you to turn more often to Elizabeth Lennox, the General Education advisor for all communication students. If you have advising questions, please contact her at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Meanwhile, there will be announcement forthcoming about the new program chair, but my faith in the leading candidate is one of the reasons I felt comfortable with stepping down. I know we’ll all be in good hands!


The change is effective on July 1. (So until then, I’m still your go-to person!)


Best Wishes and enjoy the summer (and those of you going on work-terms, work hard, but don’t forget to also have fun and enjoy what you’re doing!).


Go Flames!



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