ABOUT THE WESTERN COMMUNICATION REPORT

The Western Communication Report was created in 2019 to showcase the hard work and accomplishments of the public relations (PR) students at Mount Royal University (MRU). The Western Communication Report is an undergrad student-run web magazine produced by and for communications students at MRU.

The top research paper and project submissions are chosen from select courses in each cohort of the MRU PR program’s second, third, and fourth-year students.

All students in the department can get involved with the magazine either by volunteering as assistant editors or submitting their papers for review.

Each year, a new group of third-year students is responsible for organizing the magazine’s production. The student team is selected during Dr. Sandra Braun’s PUBR 3847 Project Management course, where they are instructed and led through the skills needed to create and maintain this annual endeavour. 

The fourth-year risk communication research papers selected each year are available for voluntary review by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) based on a partnership with MRU’s PR Department, which allows the top papers to be presented before CEMA’s professionals. The third-year government PR research papers are also reviewed by Navigator, in a similar partnership, where the top papers can be selected to present at a local or national level.

Click on the editorial team members’ names to learn more about them!

ABOUT

THE WESTERN
COMMUNICATIONS REPORT

The Western Communication report was created in 2019 to showcase the hard work and accomplishments of the public relations students at Mount Royal University. The WCR is an undergrad student-run web magazine produced by and for communications students at Mount Royal University.

Each year, a new group of students is responsible for organizing the magazine’s production. The top essay submissions are chosen from select courses in each cohort of the public relations program’s second, third, and fourth-year students. All students in the department can get involved with the magazine either by volunteering as editors or submitting their papers for review.

The papers were available for voluntary review by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) based on a partnership with Mount Royal University’s Public Relations Department, which allows the top papers to be presented before CEMA’s professionals.

Click on the editorial team members’ names to learn more about them!

2023 EDITORIAL TEAM

CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF &
RESEARCH PAPER EDITOR

CO-EDITOR IN CHIEF &
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

WEB DESIGNER &
RISK COMMUNICATION EDITOR

SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR &
RESEARCH PAPER EDITOR

2023 ASSISTANT EDITORIAL TEAM

ASSISTANT
EDITOR

ASSISTANT
EDITOR

ASSISTANT
EDITOR

ASSISTANT
EDITOR

DR. PETER RYAN | PUBLISHER

The Western Communication Report supervisor and publisher is Dr. Peter Ryan, APR, an associate professor in the Public Relations program at Mount Royal University. Any legal or policy concerns related to subject matter published in this online magazine can be reported directly to him. Peter has been with the Department of Public Relations at Mount Royal University since July 2016. Peter completed a Rogers PhD Fellowship in the joint Ryerson/York Universities’ Communication and Culture Programme. While completing his PhD, he taught for the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson for five years until 2010. He then moved to MacEwan University in Edmonton to work as an instructional designer in their eLearning Office, while also teaching for their Department of Communication. His research interests include Canadian political communication, government public relations, digital research methods, and social media issues management. In Fall 2022, he will take on the role of Interim Chair for the Department of Public Relations, while continuing to teach PUBR 3860: Government Public Relations, and PUBR 3867: The Canadian Energy Industry and Sustainability Public Relations. Follow him online here: @prnetworks

DR. PETER RYAN | PUBLISHER

The Western Communication Report supervisor and publisher is Dr. Peter Ryan, APR, an associate professor in the Public Relations program at Mount Royal University. Any legal or policy concerns related to the subject matter published in this online magazine can be reported directly to him. Peter has been with the Department of Public Relations at Mount Royal University since 2016 and serves as the Interim Chair for the Department of Public Relations while continuing to teach PUBR 3860: Government Public Relations, and PUBR 3867: The Canadian Energy Industry and Sustainability Public Relations. Follow him online here: @prnetworks

LIVI BORECKI

Livi Borecki is a third-year public relations student at Mount Royal University with a minor in marketing. Livi’s love for reading and writing has led her to help others find the right words to convey a message. Through her volunteer work, Livi has been able to connect with audiences and hone her communication skills. With her passion for writing, commitment to excellence and desire for lifelong learning, Livi is ready to make a lasting impact in the public relations world.

IRINA POPESCU

Irina Popescu is in her third year of the public relations program at Mount Royal University. She has had multiple volunteering opportunities which have helped her develop her communication skills and abilities to connect with the public. Irina’s diverse language background sparked a genuine interest in writing and storytelling, leading her to pursue a path in the public relations field. Passionate about continuing to learn and ambitious to achieve her goals, Irina is excited to see where her journey in public relations takes her.

HASSAN EID

Hassan Eid is a third-year public relations student, multi-disciplinary creative, and recent marketing and communications professional. Since 2021, Hassan has served as a creative strategist for Dopple Media, a Calgary-based marketing and communications agency. Through his work experience,  Hassan has garnered valuable skills in web design and development, graphic design, digital marketing, brand strategy, social media advertising, and visual and written communication.

BRADEN ISTACE

Braden Istace is a third-year public relations student at Mount Royal University. His public relations experience is sourced from various volunteer roles and a 16-month internship with Suncor Energy Inc. In these roles, Braden has developed exceptional writing skills, proficiency with social media, strong teamwork skills and an understanding of corporate communications. Braden plans to continue his professional growth in the energy sector with an upcoming four month internship with Canadian Natural Resources Limited in May 2023.

EVE WORKMAN

Eve is a second-year student at Mount Royal University pursuing a bachelor of communications degree, majoring in public relations. After growing up in Calgary, Eve moved to Melbourne, Australia, where her experiences communicating in a new environment encouraged her passion for building long-lasting connections and inspired her to pursue a career in public relations. 

SEBASTIAN SOLTES

Sebastian Soltes is a first-year public relations major at Mount Royal University and the first-year representative for the Mount Royal Public Relations Society. As a Bridgton Academy alumnus, Sebastian garnered a passion for communications through his internship with Bridgton Academy Today. In this school magazine, he was tasked to write and edit articles on school affairs. Through this internship, Sebastian was featured In the Bridgton news for his article about student involvement. At Bridgton, Sebastian led study groups in statistics, medical microbiology and anatomy while also developing a free essay editing service for students. Sebastian was given the Edwin.V. Spooner Memorial Award for his work ethic, academic extracurriculars, and altruistic attitude—Bridgton academy’s highest honour. Aside from his internship with the Bridgton Academy Today and tutoring, Sebastian has a passion for speech writing and public speaking. He addressed the academy on two separate occasions throughout the year, first with a speech on academic resilience and ‘carpe diem’ and the other on the importance of literature in the technological age. Outside of school, Sebastian loves volunteering. He regularly volunteers with the Calgary Food Bank and previously was a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.

DR. PETER RYAN

Peter completed a Rogers PhD Fellowship in the joint Ryerson/York Universities’ Communication and Culture Programme. While completing his PhD, he taught for the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson for five years until 2010. He then moved to MacEwan University in Edmonton to work as an instructional designer in their eLearning Office, while also teaching for their Department of Communication. His research interests include Canadian political communication, government public relations, digital research methods, and social media issues management.

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