Monthly Archives: January 2012

Teaching grammar point: watch out for the word “just”

Have you ever noticed that when you speak or write, you often use the word “just”? It’s handy little word. Have you ever wondered what part of speech the word “just” is? We use it so frequently that it’s easy … Continue reading

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The Economic Benefit of Communications

What makes the City of Edmonton such a thriving city in western Canada? According to Tammy Fallowfield, executive director with Economic Development Edmonton, communicators play a key role as promoters of the benefits and beauties of living in Edmonton. There … Continue reading

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The Costa Concordia Captures Media

The Italian cruise ship, Costa Concordia, ran aground and capsized off the coast of the Tuscan island of Giglio on January 13, 2012. The majority of approximately 4,200 passengers and crew were safely evacuated, but as of January 25, 17 … Continue reading

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Would you choose storytelling as a career?

Mary Pat Barry’s specialty is storytelling. Not the fairy tales you remember from preschool. The kinds of stories that reinforce a corporate brand, image and reputation. You can see her work at She has applied her storytelling skills in … Continue reading

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Same-sex Marriage Debate Sparks Change

The fight for equal rights has ushered in much change for many groups of people that have been the victims of prejudice or bias. So much change that any perceived threat to equal rights by any First World government is … Continue reading

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Social Media Industry Giants Curry Technology Adoption in Journalists

This past year’s Online News Association conference in Boston drew about one-thousand journalists from around the world, mainly from North America. The association offers the conference each year, providing a great opportunity for journalists to learn about the business of … Continue reading

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Antidepressants: a depressing tale

Eli Lilly and Company, formed in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1876, is one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of pharmaceutical drugs. Throughout the medical community in the 1980s, the push to develop a pill-based treatment for depression came to the … Continue reading

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The Capital Power of Kate

Kate Lister has some advice for students planning their field placement. “There is a huge spectrum of work in communications. Don’t be afraid to be a generalist. You never know what you like to do until you try it.”

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To Translate and Transcend

As a student of 18th century British political history, Gillian Woroniuk learned one very memorable lesson. “You can’t get a job doing that!” A familiarity with historical British parliamentarians did not obviously or directly translate to a career. Armed with … Continue reading

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