The Shoebox Project
This week marks
the launch of the Shoebox Project, an
investigation into the use of personal
archival materials in storytelling. Until
the advent of digital photography,
personal archives such as photos,
videos and super 8 film ended up in the
ubiquitous shoebox. Many family
‘shoeboxes’ are begging to be opened
and catalogued before it’s too late and
they are tossed in the trash. The
Shoebox Project contends that there is
untapped cultural value in personal
archives and that with a little strategic
help the content of these shoeboxes
can be put to work in storytelling.
Led by Centennial College professor,
Chris Terry, this Applied Research Innovation Centre (ARIC) funded research
project aims to develop a model for contextual cataloguing of personal archival
material (i.e. photographs) to make them useful in storytelling.
Dr. Bannerman interviewed on her book The Struggle for Canadian Copyright
Dr. Bannerman was interviewed by Jeff Pooley on her book The Struggle for Canadian Copyright: Imperialism to Internationalism, 1842-1971. The podcast, available here, is part of the New Books in Communications series interviewing authors about their work. Other podcasts include Robert Darnton speaking on the Future of Libraries, Melissa Aronczyk on Branding the Nation, and Jonathan Sterne on MP3: The Meaning of a Format, among others.
CSMM Grad Nominated for Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award
CSMM grad Goce Dimitrioski (BA'11) has been nominated for the Royal Bank Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award. Goce volunteered 365 hours with a broad range of organizations over the course of 2013, including the Burlington Braves - an experience he recounts in his blog. McMaster students have benefited from Goce's work; he has created several public relations internships with the Burlington Braves for McMaster students.
Congratulations to award winning MCM students Susan Emigh and Cynthia Breen
Susan Emigh (MCM'13), Manager, Public Relations, Faculty of Health Science, McMaster, has won the first CPRS Hamilton Legacy Award. This award is granted to a recent Master's degree graduate who has shown leadership, innovation and academic excellence in contributing to the practice of public relations through their Master's degree. You must be a member of CPRS for the year preceding your application to be considered. Susan won because of her strong record of academic achievement, her academic publications and her class research furthering the practice during her MCM.
Cynthia Breen has won silver for her blog in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District II [Delaware, DC, Maryland, NJ, NY, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, West Virginia] competition. The CASE District II Awards program recognizes and honors exceptional service and work from members of the district. It includes approximately 37 different categories, including alumni relations, communications, design, development, grant writing, magazines, marketing, news writing, photography, portals, publications, and Web.
Dr. Smith's Research-Creation "Hitchbot" Featured in Globe & Mail
20 Dec 2013
Dr. Smith's research-creation "Hitchbot", discussed in the Globe & Mail on Dec. 20, will hitchike from Halifax next spring. Destination: Vancouver. Will it make it? That's up to those who decide to give it a ride. The Hitchbot can make phone calls, receive text messages, and look things up on Wikipedia while it hitches a ride with anyone willing to plug it in to a cigarette lighter. “I like the idea of releasing a robot into the world and seeing what happens, like Voyageur 2,” says Smith to the Globe & Mail.
Dr. David Harris Smith will represent Canada at the 2013-14 Hong Kong-Shenszhen Bi-City Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism
Multmedia faculty Dr. David Harris Smith is one of the artists included in the Land|Slide Possible Futures exhibition which has been selected to represent Canada at the 2013-14 Hong Kong-Shenszhen Bi-City Biennale on Architecture and Urbanism. His artwork curatorBOT, developed with McMaster undergraduate research assistants Lily Beaul (Multimedia and Philosophy) and Bryan Ramoul (Computer and Software Engineering), features an artificial intelligence avatar agent designed to respond to questions posed by museum visitors.
Grad Student Wins award at 2013 Reel Asian Film Festival
MA Alumna (Class of '13), Casey Mecija, has won the WIFT-T Award (Women In Film and Television) at this year's Reel Asian Film Festival, for her video, My Father, Francis, which she completed as part of her Major Research Project (MRP) this past August.
"My Father, Francis traces the narrative of the filmmaker's father's life as it has materialized in his remarkable practice as an amateur industrial designer. The objects of his labour are presented as points of contact and collaboration between father and daughter, a relationship between them that is also the experimentation with new forms, just as this work explores a personal narrative that is exciting for a debut filmmaker. It is for this reason that the WIFT-T award that includes a $1200 production pass and one year membership from WIFT-T has been awarded to Casey Mecija to support her future endeavours with the moving image."
CSMM alumni have gone on to exciting careers in a variety of areas. Meet some of our graduates:
Corey Allen, Journalist and Communications Professional
DeeDee Andrews, Writer and Content Strategist, Core Online Marketing
Andrew Baker, Research Analyst, CBC
Ashley Chrysler, Business Communication Coordinator, Bayer. Inc. shares advice with CSMM students
Alyssa Lai, Writer, Communications Consultant, and Winner of the International Student Award for Academic Excellence
Marie Nash, Editor of Hamilton-Halton Weddings magazine
Nathan Nash, Audience Research Officer, CBC
Dustin Manley, TOEFL iBT Outreach Manager
Communications and Social Media Support, Lura Consulting
Kathy Woo, Communications and Marketing, 270 Sherman