Here are some highlights from my time at Mount Royal University’s journalism program newsmagazine, where I served as news writer, news editor, and ultimately editor-in-chief:
Alpha House – Selected to spend an evening at this homeless shelter and addiction recovery centre as part of the Communication Centre’s community outreach program, I learned about first-person journalism and putting myself in the middle of a situation to better understand a story.
Alberta Oil Sands – In the midst of much controversy and competing arguments surrounding the Athabasca oil sands, I attempted to untangle the various voices and find the truth behind the public relations campaigns being run by both environmentalists and the provincial government.
Calgary Parking – During my time as news editor in the summer of 2010, I tried to tackle as many local issues as I possible could, no matter how potentially controversial.
In my fifth and final year in the program, I was the first news editor for the newly redesigned Calgary Journal Online, and learned firsthand the pressures and rewards of running a live, constantly-updated news site. In my own stories, found at the links below, I explored the possibilities of unique webpage layouts, illustrating eye-catching graphics, and integrating multimedia components, ultimately discovering new ways to write relevant news stories.