It was such a pleasure to be the guest on this month’s episode of the EdTech Examined podcast with Erik Christiansen and Kris Hans — click below to hear us talk about podcasting trends, how I use podcasts in the classroom, and muse on what boy band is truly the best.
I can finally share some exciting news — we’re building a podcasting hub at MRU, thanks to a national grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund! It will be the first of its kind in Canada, and I can’t wait to see how we can connect with communities to tell stories in new and compelling ways.
Special thanks to my co-investigator Dr. Brad Clark, collaborators Dr. Cherie Woolmer and Dr. Ada Jaarsma, and to my colleagues in Journalism and Broadcast Media Studies and the Research and Development Office who helped shepherd my first grant application though.
You can read the official press release here: https://www.innovation.ca/about/press-release/canadas-top-researchers-have-tools-they-need-stay-ahead
After some successful podcasting workshops at the CPL Central Library in September 2019 , I rejoined with the library to offer a special summer PodChats program online — think like a book club, but instead about podcasts!
Through May and June, we piloted the concept with a group of 20 podcast keeners, and had some great conversations and guest speakers. In fact, it worked so well, we’re bringing it back!
PodChats starts back up August 13th. I’ll be running the first session, and then bringing in different guest curators each month for a mix of voices and conversation. It’s FREE to register for CPL members, and you can find all of the information on the program here.
Thrilled to share a project that I’ve had the pleasure of working on: ATB has launched a brand new podcast called The Future Of. It’s a deep dive into what things might look like in the future of business and finance, hosted by ATB Chief Economist Todd Hirsch.
New topics and episodes will be released monthly, and the first series takes a look into the future of women in business, with some great conversations with women in different fields and at different points in their career. Click here to learn more about The Future Of.
A new podcasting project to kick off the school year — I’m pleased to share that I’m hosting season four of MRU’s Teaching Strides podcast! Every month, I sit down with one of the university’s talented educators and talk with them about the many ways they innovate in their classrooms.
We kicked off the new season this week with Patti Derbyshire and Spirit River Striped Wolf, co-founders of Otahpiaaki Fashion Week in Calgary, to talk about how this classroom project has become an annual event that fuels year-round research into Indigenous fashion, reconciliation, and entrepreneurship. You can subscribe wherever you podcast, or listen here:
The series is produced by Hadeel Abdel-Nabi, a senior student with our journalism program, in conjunction with the Academic Development Centre at MRU. We’re looking forward to a great season of interesting stories and new views on teaching from the talented ranks of educators working across the university.
So happy to share that, this September, I’m working with the Calgary Public Library to deliver three podcasting workshops! The original title was Podcasting for Fun (but probably not for profit)… you can find them by searching Podcasting for Fun at the CPL Registration page.
Week one is podcast planning, week two is interview skills, and week three is introduction to audio documentary. All of the workshops are run separately, so you can take one, or a couple, or all three!
I’m particularly excited about the third workshop — if you run an interview-based podcast and are looking to take it to the next level with other story formats, this is a chance to see what other options are out there and how you can get started.
Feel free to share with the friends, lovers and podcasters in your life… hopefully we can make some audio magic!
The students in this year’s Podcasting class came together to make a fantastic second season of Calgary Canvas, tackling stories around safe injection sites, transit safety for women — even how to make it in Calgary’s booming microbrew scene.
Subscribe to Calgary Canvas (and all of the other great podcasts put out by MRU Journalism!) on Apple Podcasts or Google Play Music, or you can find all of the episodes right here on the Calgary Journal.
… it’s Perch, the podcast!
This summer, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the team at ATB Financial to create Perch — the podcast that takes their Economics & Research team‘s fantastic original research on the Alberta economy and turns it into stories and insightful interviews for your ears.
In its first week, it already hit #14 on the iTunes podcasting charts for top business shows in Canada! Click here to hear it for yourself.
This past semester, Sean Perrin from the Clarineat podcast was kind enough to come in and talk to the MRU podcasting class about what it’s like to run a successful show.
Obviously… it was a chance to set up our field recorder and record the chat! It’s now the latest episode of Clarineat: click here to hear it.
Mount Royal’s podcasting class is back with a new series called Calgary Canvas. The five-part interview-based series looks at both sides of issues affecting our city, from the 2026 Olympic Bid to the changing minimum wage.
It was fantastic to work with these students as they learned more about interviewing, hosting, and audio storytelling. Click here to listen to the full series on the Calgary Journal.