Bachelor of Communication - Journalism

Awards for MRU Journalism Students

Lost in the System
Amber McLinden, Rayane Sabbagh, Simran Sachar
2018 - Canadian Association of Journalists CAJ Student Award of Excellence 2018 (Winner)
2019 - MRU Faculty of Business and Communications Students Research Days Award (Runner Up)

Mindtrap
Courtney Ingram, Natalie Valleau, Breanne Kramer
2018 - Canadian Association of Journalists CAJ Student Award of Excellence 2018 (Finalist)

Left in the Cold
Alannah Page, Huyana Cyprien, Curtis Larson
2019 - MRU Faculty of Business and Communications Students Research Days Award (Winner)

Closing Midfield
Jolene Rudisuela, Amy Simpson and Lexi Wright
2018 - Associated Collegiate Press 2018: Multimedia Story of the Year (Honourable Mentions)
2017 - Canadian Association of Journalists 2017: CAJ / Student Award of Excellence (Winner)
2017 - Emerge Media Awards 2017: Multimedia Production (Winner)

Finding hope in going natural: A collection about alternative treatments for mental illness 
Hanna Deeves, Justine Deardoff, Katherine Huitema
2016 - Canadian Association of Journalists 2016: CAJ  Student Award of Excellence (Finalist)
2017 - Associated Collegiate Press 2017: Multimedia Feature (Honourable Mentions)

Fort McMurray Fire: Coping with the invisible impacts of the flames

Karina Yaceyko, Ashley King
2017 - Canadian Association of Journalists 2017: CAJ / Student Award of Excellence (Finalist)
2017 - Associated Collegiate Press 2017: Multimedia Story of the Year (Second Place)

Instafit
Abby LaRocque, Sarah Kirk and Deanna Tucker 
2018 - Associated Collegiate Press 2018: Multimedia Feature (Honourable Mentions)

Lethal force model under review following shootings by Calgary police
Josie Lukey, Nina Grossman
2017 - Associated Collegiate Press 2017: Multimedia News (Honourable Mentions)

Who gets help to die? A review of Canada’s medically assisted death law, 1 year later
Jennifer Dorozio, Mary Yohannes
2017 - Associated Collegiate Press 2017: Multimedia Feature (Honourable Mentions)North American Honours for MRU Journalism Student Work

2016 Design of the Year (3rd place), Associated Collegiate Press, “We are Treaty 7 People”, Trevor Solway, Kelsey Solway, Jesse Yardley.

2015 Newspaper Pacemaker Award for Four-year Non Daily newspaper, (winner), Associated Collegiate Press, Calgary Journal print editions
(lead editors: Max Shilleto, Ian Esplen, Caitlin Clow, Olivia Condon)

2015 Multimedia Story of the Year/Multimedia Feature category (winner), Associated Collegiate Press, “Vanishing Point”, Danielle Semrau, Hannah Kost

2015 Story of the Year, Diversity (honourable mention), Associated Collegiate Press, “Jamaican Food Stall”, Madison Farkas, Cameron Perrier

2014 Photo Slideshow of the Year (1st place), Associated Collegiate Press, “Calgary Captured on Camera/Patterns,” by Hannah Kost, Megan Bilton, Michael Chan, Scott Kingsmith, April Lamb, Danny Luong, Alyssa Quirico, CalgaryJournal.ca

 2014 Pacemaker Award for Journalistic Excellence (nominee), Associated Collegiate Press, The Calgary Journal print editions

2014 Newspaper & Online News Student Project Awards (honorable mention), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, "The Vanishing Point," by Danielle Semrau and Hannah Kost, CalgaryJournal.ca         

2013 Online Pacemaker (winner), Associated Collegiate Press, CalgaryJournal.ca, Editors: Jodi Egan, Deja Leonard and Devon Jolie.

2013 Multimedia Feature of the Year (finalist), Associated Collegiate Press, “The Faith of Pam Rocker,” by Hannah Kost and Danielle Semrau, CalgaryJournal.ca

2011 National College Media Convention Best in Show (winner), Associated Collegiate Press, The Calgary Journal (October print edition)

2010 Pacemaker Award for Journalistic Excellence (winner), Associated Collegiate Press, The Calgary Journal print editions

2010 Story of the Year, Editorial/Opinion (2nd place), Associated Collegiate Press, “Mission near impossible: a plastic-free week,” by Holly Hofmann, The Calgary Journal print edition

2003 Pacemaker Award for Journalistic Excellence (nominee), Associated Collegiate Press, The Calgary Journal print editions

2003 Best Newspaper Design (winner), Cox Institute for Newspaper Management Studies, University of Georgia, The Calgary Journal print editions

National Honours for MRU Journalism Student Work

2015 CAJ/CNW Student Award of Excellence (winner) Canadian Association of Journalists, Risky Decisions for Cancer Care Patients in Canada, Amara McLaughlin and Jesse Yardley.

2015 CAJ/CNW Student Award of Excellence (finalist) Canadian Association of Journalists, A Generation Taken: Stories of the Sixties Scoop in Alberta and aboriginal child welfare today, Cameron Perrier

2014 Herb Lampbert Emerging Journalist Award 2014, The Silent Fight, Veronica B. Pocza

2014 CAJ/CNW Student Award of Excellence, Canadian Association of Journalists, Vanishing Point, (winner) Hannah Kost and Danielle Semrau.

2014 CAJ/CNW Student Award of Excellence, Canadian Association of Journalists, (finalist) Calgary and The Great War, Max Foley, Paulina Liwski, Quinton Amundson

2014 CAJ/CNW Student Award of Excellence, Canadian Associated of Journalists (finalist) Below grade: Our secondary suites investigation, Alyssa Quirico, Lisa Taylor, April Lamb, Riad Kadri, Roxanne Blackwell, Olivia Condon, Brittany Fong, Garrett Harvey, Tiffany Ritz, Quinton Amundson, Kelsey Simpson, Cameron Perrier, Daniel Ball, Lucas Silva, Jordan Kroshinsky, Sarah Comber, Caitlin Clow, Haley Anderson, Ashley Materi, Alexandra Rabbitte, Michael Chan, Danny Luong, Olivia Grecu, Hannah Kost, Jodi Egan, Pauline Zulueta, Krystal Northey, Jenica Foster, Andrew Szekeres. (Faculty Supervisor: Janice Paskey. Contributing Facutly: Paul Coates, Ian Tennant. Contributing Staff: Kerri Martin, Brad Simm)

2014 Student Award of Excellence (winner), Canadian Association of Journalists, “Into the Shadows: An Inside Look at Alberta’s Sex Trade Industry,” by Anna Brooks & Allison Drinnan, CalgaryJournal.ca        

2014 Best Feature Story (3rd Place), Canadian Community Newspaper Awards, “Blighted Streets No More,” by James Wilt, FFWd Weekly

2014, Student Award of Excellence (nominee), Canadian Association of Journalists, “The Faith of Pam Rocker,” by Hannah Kost and Danielle Semrau, CalgaryJournal.ca

Regional and Provincial Honors for MRU Journalism Student Work

2015 Digital Alberta, Best Young Talent award, Dayla Brown, Wheelchair Dance

2014 Best in Student Interactive Digital Media and Creative Design (winner), Digital Alberta, “Into the Shadows: An Examination of Alberta’s Sex Trade,” by Anna Brooks & Allison Drinnan, CalgaryJournal.ca

2013 Best New Writer (winner), Western Magazine Awards, “The Accuser and Us,” by Melissa Molloy, Profiles West 

2013 Amber Bowerman Emerging Writer Award (nominee) 2013, “Using Tattooing as Healing,” by Veronica B. Pocza

2013 Amber Bowerman Emerging Writer Award (winner), Alberta Magazine Publisher’s Association, “The Accuser and Us,” by Melissa Molloy, Profiles West

2013 Amber Bowerman Emerging Writer Award (nominee), 2013, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association, “History Denied,” by Devon Jolie, Profiles West

2012 Best in Student Interactive Digital Media and Creative Design (winner), Digital Alberta, “First Generation Albertans,” by Marina Giannitsos and Eunice Poon

2010 Best Student Writing (nominated), Western Magazine Awards, “Under the Ink,” by Katie Turner, Profiles West       

2010 Best Student Writing (nominated), Western Magazine Awards, “Harry Nibourg: A Man Evolved,” by Richard Saad, Profiles West

2009 Best Campus Newspaper, Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association, The Calgary Journal print editions

2009 Best Overall – Feature Story (Campus Division), Alberta Weekly Newspaper Association, Rob Anders Takes on Calgary West and Unsurprisingly Wins Again, by Joe Burima, The Calgary Journal print editions

Student Fellowships, Research Grants and Other Awards

2016 CBC Joan Donaldson Scholarship, Amara McLaughlin

2016 CBC Joan Donaldson Scholarship, Cameron Perrier

2015 Rose Nolan Scholarship Fund, Kelsey Solway

2015 MRU Valedictorian, Olivia Grecu

2015 Washington Centre for Politics & Journalism (summer fellowship and internship at Moment Magazine) Amara McLaughlin

2015 Washington Centre for Politics & Journalism (summer fellowship and internship at Washington Business Journal) Daniel Rodriguez

2015 MRU Horizon Award (early career alumni award) Emma Gilchrist

2015 nominee, MRU Horizon Award (early career alumni award) Katie Turner

2014 Newalta Undergraduate Scholarship in Research and Oilsands Communication (summer research grant), Olivia Grecu

2014 Newalta Undergraduate Scholarship in Research and Oilsands Communication (summer research grant), Matt Sutton

2014 Urbino Project, ieiMedia Multimedia Journalism Abroad (summer fellowship), Olivia Condon

2013 Joan Donaldson CBC News Scholarship (1-year fellowship), Asha Siad

2013 Jerusalem Project, ieiMedia Multimedia Journalism Abroad (summer fellowship), Amara McLaughlin

2013 Istanbul Project, ieiMedia Multimedia Journalism Abroad (summer fellowship), Breanne Brezinski

2012 Urbino Project, ieiMedia Multimedia Journalism Abroad (summer fellowship), Sofia Lugo

2012 Urbino Project, ieiMedia Multimedia Journalism Abroad (summer fellowship), Jeff Medhurst

2010 Valedictorian, Mount Royal University, Nori Sinclair

2006 Washington Centre for Politics & Journalism (semester-long fellowship at the Globe & Mail Washington bureau), Brad Linn

2005 Valedictorian, Mount Royal University, 2005, Yolande Cole

2004 Valedictorian, Mount Royal University, 2004, Todd Hurman

2004 Washington Centre for Politics & Journalism (semester-long fellowship at the Globe & Mail Washington bureau), Todd Hurman

2004 Washington Centre for Politics & Journalism (semester-long fellowship at Stephens Media), Chriz Miller

2003 Washington Centre for Politics & Journalism (semester-long fellowship at the Globe & Mail Washington bureau), David Agren