If you’re looking for a perfect article for the classroom during the Olympics, try “Tourists, Stay Away, Playing Tourist in the Downtown East Side,” by Chris Koentges, up! magazine.
The story is available free, along with a PowerPoint presentation, through a unique program run by the Western Magazine Awards Foundation.
Last fall, the WMAF obtained a grant from Heritage Canada, to make each provincial award-winning entry (plus two visual winners) available with teaching notes and a presentation. The objective was to give greater exposure to the award winners and make them readily available.
I pitched this idea to the foundation after serving as a volunteer WMAF judge for many years. My students were often presenting American articles for the required presentations—but what about the good work being done right here? The project addresses this need.
The curricula is available for use, by instructors only, at any college or university level writing, design or magazine publishing program.
To access the secure login area, please visit the Western Magazine Awards website 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 email@example.com. 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.
PowerPoint Presentations are available for:
1. Manitoba Presentation
2. Saskatchewan Presentation
3. Alberta Presentation
4. British Columbia Presentation
5. Visual Categories