Category Archives: Other

Using Google Hangouts to teach journalism students to conduct panel interviews

by Karen Zypchyn, April 2013 Now that the Winter term is over, it’s time to reflect on the courses I taught. Today, I’d like to give you a glimpse of my Interviewing Techniques course (BCSC 322) and to thank MacEwan’s … Continue reading

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BCS students turn to content analysis to track social media usage of companies and public figures

by Karen Zypchyn April 21, 2013 Who says second-year Bachelor of Communication Studies students can’t conduct content analysis of social media tools like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube? If there were any naysayers, we proved them wrong this term. This semester, … Continue reading

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The New News

On Sunday night, HBO’s Game of Thrones returned to television screens across Canada and the world for its third season. If you’re like me, your reaction is closer to “So what?” than the unbridled joy that so many of those around me … Continue reading

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Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) takes in badly burned dogs

Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) recently took in three badly burned dogs. The injuries were caused by heat, or some other sort of strong chemical. Article: Global News article of the badly burned dogs, rescued by SCARS. Video: WARNING: … Continue reading

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No Means No – but you won’t hear about it in the news

  Back in August 2012 two teenage boys publicly raped an overly intoxicated 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio. Back in August 2012, this news did not reach my ears here in Edmonton, Alberta. Why is this? Because rape isn’t newsworthy. … Continue reading

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Space has a New Public Relations Manager

Let’s face it most of us don’t do a lot of thinking about space. Sure we may wonder at the number of stars (especially when us city slickers are out in the country.) And we may marvel at the beauty … Continue reading

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Using Google Hangouts and Twitter to bring learning on disaster communication into the classroom

By Karen Zypchyn, Faculty, Bachelor of Communication Studies I like days like today. “This is what teaching is all about,” I was thinking to myself as my guest speaker, Kat Powers, Director of Communications of Red Cross Eastern Massachusetts, talked … Continue reading

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Pope Quits His Day Job

After a short papacy, Pope Benedict XVI, formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, announced he would be resigning as pope on February 28, 2013. There were many aspects that made this story newsworthy, the least of which was its unexpectedness. … Continue reading

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The Resignation of Pope Benedict

  The very fact that you are reading this poses an interesting question: Why exactly is the resignation of a far-away religious figure in an increasingly agnostic world such big news? Being Canadian, and hearing about this Vatican City event … Continue reading

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        I’m a student getting my degree through Grant MacEwan University’s “Bachelor of Applied Communications in Professional Writing” program.  One of the courses I’m taking to fulfill my degree’s requirements is called “The Media and the Message.”  A … Continue reading

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