Welcome to our redesigned UBC School of Journalism website.
We’ve gone for a clean and elegant look that is intended to help you find the information you need easily. The site is now responsive so looks great on mobile, tablet and desktop.
It has been a busy semester at UBC Journalism. We were honoured to host Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy at the School as an adjunct professor over the past semester. Fahmy’s arrest in Egypt in 2013 and imprisonment for nearly two years sparked international condemnation. He was pardoned in September.
As well as giving various public talks on campus, he was a guest lecturer in journalism classes and received a warm welcome from students.
Among the other new faces on faculty is veteran US journalist Steve Woodward, who has joined us as a sessional lecturer for the academic year. Our Asper Visiting Professor this year is VICE News producer Claire Ward, who is teaching in our International Reporting Program.
In the classroom, we held the first pilots of our new journalism modules in Data Visualization and in Audio Interviewing. These 1.5 credit courses ran over six weeks as intense, skills-focused classes.
For the Canadian federal election in October, first-year students fanned out to offer fresh and novel approaches to cover the vote as part of our Integrated Journalism course, led by Prof Kathryn Gretsinger. The projects published on the Elxn42 website showcase the creativity and ingenuity of the students.
This past year’s project on the challenges of treating mental illness around the world undertaken by students on the International Reporting Program was published in partnership with The New York Times. The full project is available on the program’s website.
The work of our students continued to receive national and international acclaim. The International Reporting Program project China’s Generation Green won a prestigious Edward R Murrow Award in the category of Online News Organization.
Student work produced as part of last year’s Integrated Journalism course won two 2015 Gold Canadian Online Publishing Awards for Best Article and for Best Interactive.
We celebrated two Jack Webster student journalism awards for first year Peggy Lam and second year Jon Hernandez.
And second-year journalism student Mike Lakusiak was awarded a prestigious Carnegie-Knight News21 fellowship for 2016. He is the third UBC Journalism student participating in News21, which program brings together journalism students to report and produce in-depth, multimedia projects for major national media.
Alongside their teaching, our faculty pursued an active research agenda. Prof Candis Callison launched the website for her Arctic journalism research project, providing real-time findings from the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris. As part of the project, a first-year student Lauren Kaljur was sent to Paris to report on the summit.
Prof Peter Klein launched the Strangers at Home project, featuring a range of short films from storytellers throughout Europe documenting the growing feelings of xenophobia in their own countries.
Prof Taylor Owen released his co-authored report on Virtual Reality Journalism for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.
Prof Mary Lynn Young and Prof Alfred Hermida presented our findings into data journalism in Canada at a conference in Oxford hosted by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism.
These are just some of the highlights of the past few months, reflecting the strength of the community of students, staff and faculty at the School. So come and join us. We are now accepting applications for September 2016 admissions. The deadline is January 31 2016.
Happy holidays and here’s to a great 2016.