Student Work

The Thunderbird is a student publication at the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media that showcases our students’ work in their core first-year class, Integrated Journalism, where they are taught the fundamentals of journalism across platforms. In addition to text and photos, some projects have been presented using slideshows, videos, interactive maps and other multimedia formats. Students report on people and events that directly affect residents of Vancouver and the surrounding Lower Mainland. Some have covered topics such as the debate over marijuana legalization and the push for affordable housing.

Stories published on The Thunderbird have been recognised with numerous Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

The Global Reporting Program

The Global Reporting Program brings together graduate students from around the world to work on year-long investigations. The program is run like a newsroom, in partnership with major media organizations so that students receive practical, professional experience.

Reporting in Indigenous Communities

Reporting in Indigenous Communities (RIIC) is the only journalism course in Canada to focus exclusively on Indigenous news stories.

Series produced through RIIC over the years have been recognised with numerous Canadian Online Publishing Awards and have reached audiences across Canada through publishing collaborations with various news outlets and programs.

Visual Journalism

Visual storytelling and production have always been critical aspects of journalism. Photo and video journalism facilitates the narrative through its visual representation. The Visual Journalism course develops students’ abilities to think about, develop and deliver impactful visual stories through theory and practice, using current and emerging story forms.

Tainted H2O Investigative Project

The “Tainted Water” project is a national collaborative investigation into Canadian drinking water standards, facilitated by the Institute for Investigative Journalism.

The first year of the investigation included more than 120 reporters, editors, students and faculty members from nine universities and 10 partner media companies. More have since joined.

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