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Program/Course News

Tutor Holly Dougall completes a Master of Education

Congratulations to tutor Holly Dougall, who recently completed a Master of Education degree from the University of Toronto, adding to another Masters degree and two undergraduate degrees. We are fortunate to have Holly with us as an expert in her field as well as a great example of a life long learner.

The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence,

The Edmonton event was held on April 21. Dr Michael Lithgow, AU Communication Studies, gave a presentation designed to explain and guide users through the process of making a submission to the CRTC in support of citizen interests. An accompanying booklet was distributed:
Making Submissions to the CRTC: A Citizen’s Guide
This handy guide, written by Michael Lithgow, and illustrated by Karen Wall, introduces the CRTC and outlines how citizens can publicly participate with the CRTC. The booklet describes the policy process that the CRTC uses, how to make written submissions, and prepares users for making presentations at public hearings. 

Canadian Spectrum Summit 2017

We are at a potential crossroads for our increasingly wireless media. The iPhone is ten years old and smartphones are now ubiquitous. As demand for digital connectivity has grown, publicly accessible wi-­‐fi is now the norm for a range of businesses and institutions. And new uses for wireless technologies such as automated cars are on the horizon and will certainly increase spectrum requirements. Spectrum auctions have been a regular method of spectrum assignment for two decades, but can that method accommodate future demand? What are the alternatives?

Dr. James Mackintosh

Dr James Mackintosh---Congratulations to James Macintosh, long time tutor and course writer, who recently completed his Ed.D. (Doctorate in Education) at Athabasca University. We are delighted that James is continuing his work with the Communication Studies program.

Amnesty International Youth Media Award

Honours students who have created content covering international or national human rights issues with a particular emphasis on how they impact young people

SSHRC Storytellers Contest 2017 

SSHRC’s Storytellers contest challenges postsecondary students to show Canadians how social sciences and humanities research is affecting our lives, our world and our future for the better.

Dr Michael Lithgow joins program faculty

Following the retirement of Dr Evelyn Ellerman, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Michael Lithgow to the program and the university. Dr. Lithgow brings our students the benefit of his wide ranging experience in journalism and media activism to complement his teaching and scholarly interests. 

Communication Studies at the Graduate Level

The Communication Studies program has been working with the Master of Arts Integrated Studies degree program at Athabasca University to implement a new stream in the MAIS degree in "Writing and New Media." Our first two courses are open now. These are MAIS 623, "Introduction to Trends in New Media: Digital Humanities" and MAIS 620, "Digital Story-telling." In 2017 we will also introduce the undergraduate version of MAIS 620, Digital Storytelling.

Writer in Residence

A Writer in Residence is an invited artist who spends 60% of the one-year residency working on his or her own writing projects and 40% of the residency as a resource for students, faculty, the university community and the writing community. The Writer in Residence advises these groups on all aspects of the writing process: from taking a manuscript from creation to publication. The Writer in Residence often participates in public readings and other literary events and can also serve faculty as a research and teaching resource.

Athabasca University's 2016-2017 Writer in Residence/Writer for Health is John Vaillant.

The program this year is funded by Zoomermedia.

Please join the Writer-in-Residence Committee in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in welcoming John Vaillant, AU's 2016-17 Writer-in-Residence, for his inaugural talk scheduled for February 2.

Course Revisions

  • recent revisions to CMNS 420 (Children and Media),  CMNS 402 (Global Communication), CMNS 423 (The Television Age), CMNS 455 (Media Ethics), and CMNS 401 (Cultural Policy in Canada.)
    Coming soon in 2017 are complete revisions or substantial updates to:

    CMNS 201 Introduction to Mass Media
    CMNS 202 Media and Power in Canada
    CMNS 301 Theory
    CMNS 380 Corporate Communications
    CMNS 444 Media Relations

Events and Organizations

The Future of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Broadcasting: Conversation & Convergence, Events 2017

Social Media Camp Conference, Victoria, May 3-4, 2017

Canadian Media Producers Association’s (CMPA) Prime Time in Ottawa Conference, February 1-3 2017

Banff World Media Festival, June 2017

Canadian Media Guild: Advocacy for Media Workers’ Rights

The Emerge Media Awards’ mission is to celebrate and showcase the achievements of journalism, media studies and communications students in Canada.

Updated June 21 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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