Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Free tools for Alberta instructors - Western Magazine Awards Foundation Curriculum Project

Through a grant from the WMAF, Janice Paskey, assistant professor of journalism at Mount Royal University, together with MRU journalism student Jessica Petillot, and Information Design student Julie Cripps, worked on a series of PowerPoint presentations that bring award-winning WMAF winners to the classroom.

These are available free of charge to all instructors through login from the WMAF home page.

To All Professional Publishing Program Instructors
The Western Magazine Awards Foundation is pleased to offer course curriculums in both writing and art direction. Using the winning entries in the Provincial Gold Awards and the Art Direction Awards, the WMAF has developed teaching programs to help students understand what works in today’s magazine publishing world—and why.

The curriculums are available for use, by instructors only, at any college or university level writing, design or magazine publishing program. There is no charge for this service.

To access the secure login area, please visit and click on the 2009 WMA Curriculum Project link. You will be asked to identify yourself and your educational facility. Within 48 hours, login credentials will be emailed to you from Then, login again to our web site and click on the Curriculum and Instructor Notes link. You will find a PowerPoint presentation as well as Instructor Notes for each entry.

This is a new program for us and the WMAF would love to hear what you think. Please share your opinions by writing to

Thank you for including the Western Magazine Awards in your Publishing Program.

Western Magazine Awards Foundation Curriculum Project

The publications represented in these presentations are:

The Beaver, Manitoba
Westworld Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan

Swerve, Alberta/NWT

up! magazine, BC/Yukon

Vancouver Magazine, Best Art Direction Cover/Best Art Direction Article