Writing her own story

Student picks MRU for small class sizes and four-year journalism program


Photo of Karina Zapata.

Karina Zapata honed her research and writing skills with both The Reflector, the newspaper of the Students’ Association of MRU, and The Calgary Journal, a newspaper published solely by students from the journalism program.



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She may be leaving with a Social Innovation minor but Karina Zapata came to Mount Royal University solely for the unique four-year journalism program.

As a born and raised Calgarian, she knew Mount Royal and it’s smaller class sizes were an ideal fit. While both of her siblings attended MRU Zapata enrolled specifically because she wanted to be a journalist.

"MRU is the only post-secondary in Calgary that has a four-year journalism degree," says Zapata. "I also knew that I wanted to go to a university with small class sizes, especially for a program like journalism, where it's important to build relationships with professors and peers."

As Zapata’s undergraduate degree program comes to its close she recounts many pleasant surprises while enrolled in the journalism program at MRU.

 

As a student entrepreneur Zapata created the print magazine Femme Handbook, which celebrates and empowers women through the creative submissions of contributors across North America. She and her co-founder credit the many resources at MRU, including help from the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to bring their idea from inspiration to reality.

During her time as a student, Zapata honed her research and writing skills with both The Reflector, the newspaper of the Students’ Association of MRU, and The Calgary Journal, a newspaper published solely by students from the journalism program. The academic structure of the latter has prepared her for a career post-graduation.


"The Journalism program teaches you not only how to write exceptionally well, but also how to take a great photo, how to shoot a video, how to design infographics and so much more."

Karina Zapata


"Within my very first month of this program, I was reporting on under-reported issues like child suicides. Now, as I wrap up my degree four years later, I’m doing work that I never imagined I would be capable of when I first started. This program can be daunting and exhausting, but it really gives you the capability to succeed as a journalist when you’re done."

What makes the MRU Journalism program unique is that it combines multiple skills students will require as a multimedia journalist in today’s ever-changing industry and ensures that you’re capable at all of them.

"Compared to many other universities in Canada, the Journalism program here teaches you not only how to write exceptionally well, but also how to take a great photo, how to shoot a video, how to design infographics and so much more."

Feb. 28, 2020