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MRU photojournalists capture Faces of Calgary

LT E Parm-SuriParm Suri has lived in Calgary for nine years. He says he believes the city is in need of more schools.

Photo by Masha Scheele
A Calgary photojournalism project is challenging photographers to push themselves out of their comfort zones. Photographers strive to get to know Calgary residents and share their stories via photo and text with the hopes of bridging gaps between Calgary as a community.

The creator of the Faces of Calgary project, photographer Paul Coates, says he hopes the results will portray a more unique side of Calgarians.

MRU journalism alumni and students discuss experiences as media members in the heart of a city disaster

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As floodwaters ravaged southern Alberta this summer, alumni and journalists from Mount Royal University were at the centre of it all. Whether it was the reports on TV, the pictures in the newspapers or the stories online, these media members worked around the clock to get the news to you.

This Tuesday, the Faculty of Communications and the journalism department hosted a panel at MRU that included many of the students from past and present who were among the most involved with the devastating floods. These are their stories:

'Calgary's been good to me'

This is a look at a new biography of Calgary businessman and philanthropist Sam Switzer. As a businessman, Sam Switzer built apartment buildings, hotels and shopping malls — leaving an indelible mark on the urban landscape of Calgary.

As a philanthropist, he quietly donated millions of dollars to the arts, social agencies, educational institutes and medical research programs — helping to improve the lives of untold Calgarians.

The story of Switzer's life is detailed in the biography Seeking the Summit: Sam Switzer's Story of Building and Giving. Sydney Sharpe, the book's author, and its publisher Frontenac House are both Calgary-based.

The Prelude highlights local hip hop talent

Johnny Active: The PreludeEver since he was nine years old, Calgary's Grady Welbourn, a.k.a. Johnny Active, has been inspired by music. Specifically the genre of rap and hip hop.

Growing up, Welbourn's parents had a major role introducing him to classic rock and pop but it was his older brother that exposed him to rap music. Welbourn has been inspired ever since.

"My family was always into music so growing up I was exposed to a lot of different types of music; a lot of Bob Marley, Elton John, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Eagles, classic stuff," Welbourn said.