Calgary Journal

Is April flying by for you? Because it is for the journalism students at Mount Royal University! In fact, we’ve had so much going on this month that we decided to roll out a SECOND monthly newsletter so you can stay in the loop!

This month we have some interesting reads like:

And more!

Also, there’s still time to enter our third monthly challenge, and to meet a couple of our editors for #MeetTheEditorMonday, as well as meet athlete of the month Brendan Makay. Happy reading!

— Chloë Chapdelaine, newsletter editor


Recent Stories

How music fostered inclusivity and self-discovery for one Calgary rapper

Ryan DeGuzman found a sense of self and belonging through his music. Now, he uses the skills he has acquired throughout his life to educate […]

MRU professor helps provide support and education for the queer community

Victoria Bucholtz grew up not knowing how she fit into society. However, by co-founding the Queer Education Foundation, she hopes to change the experience of […]

Calgary salon owner juggles home, business and family life

Calgary hair salon owner shares the truth behind owning multiple small businesses


In Case You Missed it

Alberta ski hills have stayed open this season, despite COVID challenges

Many Albertans have been exercising outside this winter. Experts say skiing can be good for mental health but can create public health problems.

Dream to reality: Ellen Doty’s journey to becoming a celebrated jazz artist

Growing up, Ellen Doty did not believe her passion for singing would lead to a career. However, Doty has now released two albums and […]

3 travel writers and creators discuss an industry at a standstill

With the travel industry on standby, those who work in the industry have had to adjust the lives to continue making an income.

Our 3rd Monthly Challenge

Monthly challenge: What is it? Each month we’ll share a challenge that we’d love you to take part in. These will surround fun and engaging ways for you to share your favourite stories.

April monthly challenge: We mentioned this in the last email, and there’s still time to participate! This month, we challenge you to use the “stories” function on your favourite social media platform (for example, Instagram or FaceBook), and post about a story you’ve read that you want to share! Here are a couple suggestions on ways to share:

  1. Screenshot a story you’re reading on your mobile device, and post the screenshot to your story tagging @calgaryjournal so we can see!
  2. Share a post from the @calgaryjournal page to your story. On Instagram beside the “like” and “comment” button there is a little paper airplane icon, which means “share.” Press this icon, then select “Add post to your story,” and voila! You’ve shared one of our posts and helped gain exposure to a story.

Pro tip: Tag @calgaryjournal in your story so we can see what you share! Bonus points to anyone who adds text to the story talking about what resonated with you.

By participating in this monthly challenge, you are helping to bring attention to stories that deserve attention, and are acknowledging the hard work our journalists have put in this month, so thank you in advance.


Social Media

#PhotoOfTheWeek: Speaking of stories, you can vote for your favourite photo every week on our Instagram stories! All you have to do is keep an eye out for the weekly contest and vote when you see an image you like.

Meet the editor Monday: Have you been keeping up with our #MeetTheEditorMondays? We’ve recently started doing “meet the editor Mondays” on our social media, meaning you can learn more about the editors behind the Calgary Journal! Every Monday introduce a new editor, so be sure to check in!

This month we were introduced to Leonie and Solaya, click their links to find out more!

Athlete of the Month: Meet athlete and student of Mount Royal University Brendan Makay here!

But don’t stop here! Any time you see an article published on the Calgary Journal website that you enjoy, consider sharing it with your friends, family, or coworkers — our reporters and editorial team appreciate the exposure. We’re actively working to improve our social media engagement and newsletter subscriber numbers, so keep the conversation going and feel free to forward our emails, post it to your own social media, and talk about it with others!


Community Events

Before you leave, if you’re looking to stay active in Calgary, here are 3 events you can participate in this month:

  1. Stream the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra from Home for free!
  2. Annual Spring 2-Day Art Show & Sale where you can find paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics, and more!
  3. Join a 90 minute Guided Ghost Tour at Heritage Park (Tours run Thursday nights until May 6th)

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for May’s newsletter email next month, and until then, enjoy the spring weather!