Portal Blog

Third Time’s the Charm

January 23, 2018

For most of the Portal staff, one tour of the heavy workload involved in the production of a literary magazine is more than enough. Few return for a second round, even though VIU allows upper-level Creative Writing courses to be taken twice for…

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On The Road Again

December 2, 2017

Every Tuesday, starting at 8:00 am, I make a 154 km from my home in Campbell River to VIU. The commute is breathtaking; my eyes are flushed with the beauty of the scenic mountain ranges and Douglas firs.  Perhaps you wonder why I…

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The Art of Storytelling in the Digital Age

November 30, 2017

In 2001, Steve Jobs announced the launch of the original iPod, a music player that would make it possible for people to carry their entire record collections in their pockets. Over the next few years, a genre of narrative audio that took the…

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The Future of Journalism: Where do we go from here?

November 28, 2017

Does journalism still work? Distrust of news media is widespread especially as many people consume it through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. News publications like The Globe and Mail  are reducing their print runs and shifting to online content.  So is…

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Vancouver Island: A Poet’s Paradise

November 27, 2017

  photo by Marty Borsboom “Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher.” ― William Wordsworth If a picture is worth a thousand words, then how much does scene after scene of Mother Nature’s raw beauty inspire? From majestic rainforests…

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Zine Scene: Canzine Vancouver

November 18, 2017

On the 26th of September, I received an email about open applications for Canzine, a series of zine festivals in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and now Calgary, presented by brokenpencil. That night I applied for the Vancouver event. Zine is short for magazine. Zines…

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