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Vancouver melee about more than hockey

A Biblical Studies colleague here at CMU sent me this link today from the Winnipeg Free Press: Vancouver melee brings out a dark, disturbing side of social media

As we move into an increasingly wired and online reality, this article creates a helpful pause for reflection. When people ask me about the value of the latest technology, I often ask how we will steward its capacity. Do we become more fully human and alive? Thanks Sheila, for sending the link.

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Canadian Mennonite magazine looking for Young Voices

I got an email from Emily Loewen, Canadian Mennonite Young Voices Editor last week inviting CMU students to join their team of journalistic storytellers. Here’s what Emily sent. A great opportunity!

“If you’re interested in journalism, photography, multimedia or just have some great story ideas, Canadian Mennonite’s Young Voices wants to hear from you. We are looking for journalists interested in contributing to the new young adults section of the magazine and website, covering events, ideas and people of interest to young mennonites. For more information or to pitch an idea send an email to Emily Loewen eloewen@canadianmennonite.org

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Video – coffee with recent grad Mike Duerksen at Siloam Mission

Mid-afternoon I caught up with Mike Duerksen, Communications and Media grad (3-yr BA 2010), who is about 10 months into his position as Communications Coordinator for an incredible organization – Siloam Mission.

Here’s a bit of what it means to him.

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Communication students interview on-air personalities

I can never wait to see and hear what the COMM-1000 Introduction to Comm/Media students come back with when they’re sent out to ask Winnipeg on-air personalities and creative communicators what it takes to be successful in the communications industry. Students choose audio or video and tackle what often is their first media production project. It’s all about meeting a professional in the industry, technical production is helpful but content always comes first! Check out a few video and audio projects from this past year, 2010-2011.

Cameron Friesen interviewed several team members at Handcraft Creative, one of Manitoba’s premier new media companies.

Bronwynn Fenn went down to Winnipeg’s Hot 103 to interview radio personality Ace Burpee.
[audio:http://media.cmu.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Bronwynn-Fenn-Project-Ace-Burpee-interview.mp3|titles=Bronwynn Fenn Project – Ace Burpee interview]

Nathalie VanderZaag sat down with Heather Plett, who was working as Director of Resources and Communication at Canadian Foodgrains Bank to discover creative communications in an NGO context.

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Welcome to my new Communications and Media blog

Well, it’s time to do some storytelling about the Communications and Media program at CMU. So much happens each week with exciting student projects, alumni activities, practicum and job opportunities… Come back here often to catch my personal take on what it means to communicate for Life.