Community Podcast Initiative
Our goal is to develop, produce and promote podcasting by fostering innovative audio storytelling as a way to amplify underrepresented voices, including Indigenous community members, racialized Canadians, rural residents and multicultural and multi-ethnic groups in urban centres. We aim to collaborate with and provide space for community groups to share their stories as we explore new and more inclusive ways to tell audio stories. The CPI is powered by Shaw.
The Podcast Studio
The Podcast Studio is based at Mount Royal University’s School of Communication Studies. Currently under construction, the final renovated space will include a recording studio, two editing suites, a voicing booth and a lounge and meeting space. The Studio is possible thanks to a grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
Dr. Brad Clark, Co-director
Dr. Brad Clark worked as a journalist for 20 years in both print and broadcasting before entering the academy. At the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the 1990s he was a reporter on an award-winning investigative unit for CBC Radio in Edmonton, and became a national reporter based in Calgary in 2000. His assignments included features on the oil industry under Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, the Winter Paralympics in Salt Lake City, the Summer Olympics in Athens. In 2006, Brad left the CBC to teach in the broadcast diploma program at what was then Mount Royal College. He has a master’s degree in Journalism Studies from the University of Wales (Cardiff) and a doctorate from Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia. His doctoral dissertation examined network television news representations of Indigenous peoples and racialized groups in Canada. His subsequent research has focused on inclusion in news, social media, and eSports, and podcasting as an emerging digital medium.
Meg Wilcox, Co-director
For almost a decade, Meg worked at CBC stations across the country as a producer, newsreader and cross-platform reporter. She was a host on CBC Radio One, 2, and 3, and developed programming for CBC Music. She covered federal elections as part of the Parliamentary Press Gallery with iPolitics, and was part of the team that founded Banff Centre Radio. Meg’s passion is for long-form narrative storytelling — particularly podcasting. In addition to teaching the first-year flagship reporting course, she developed and teaches the program’s first podcasting class. She also runs the fourth-year advanced audio/visual projects course. Outside of the classroom, Meg creates podcasts with private clients and is a host on CKUA Radio.
Gabrielle Pyska, Associate Producer
Gabrielle Pyska is a fourth-year student at Mount Royal University, pursuing a major in Journalism and Digital Media and a minor in Humanities. She is also one of the producers and hosts of the Canadian Mountain Podcast, a series that focuses on mountain research, Indigenous ways of knowing and knowledge mobilization. Gabrielle’s passions include long-form storytelling in both written and audio format. With a particular interest in the human rights sector, her work includes topics such as food security, mental health, and climate action. In her spare time, Gabrielle enjoys freelance photography and writing poetry.