The Memo

A monthly review of campus events, academic reminders, and program updates for Media Studies students.

September 2019

In This Issue

Featured News

  • Student Profile: Lilian Atieno Odera
  • Welcome the BMS Communications Assistant, Catherine Zhu! 
  • BMS Social + Careers Mingle - Thank you!

Featured Events

  • UBC School of Journalism Presents: From Philanthropy to Democracy - Oct. 1st
  • Why do I feel this body as my own? by Prof. Frederique de Vigemont - Oct. 23rd
  • ARTIVISM - Sept. 27 - Oct. 4

Featured Course: JRNL 520A


  • MSSA is Looking for New Members!
  • Volunteers for FIPR Filming 
  • Volunteer Call for CiTR Accessibility Collective

Advising Corner

  • BMS Hours Updated - Mondays! 
  • Deadline to Withdraw with W Standing - Oct 11
  • New Core Plus Courses Added!

Featured News

Student Profile: Lilian Atieno Odera 

Fourth year BMS student Lilian Atieno Odera shares how her studies in media led to diverse social justice projects on Afrocentrism, decolonization, and inclusivity in the learning environment. Read about Lilian's academic journey at the link below!

Student Profile: Lilian Atieno Odera

Welcome the BMS Communications Assistant, Catherine Zhu!

Catherine is a current Year 4 BMS student, with a specific interest in multimedia storytelling and using digital communications to help build community! She’s super excited to help share stories from the BMS community, support students throughout their journey in Media Studies, and showcase the amazing projects they’re working on. As part of the first cohort of BMS students, she’s happy to also help answer any questions about the program!


BMS Careers + Social Mingle Recap

Thank you to those who attended the BMS Careers + Social Mingle last Thursday, September 19th. We were very excited to have all of the amazing alumni speak to their own experiences working in media. If you would like to see more pictures from the event, or learn more about the alumni, please visit our Instagram page below! 

BMS Instagram

Featured Events

From Philanthropy to Democracy: Rethinking the governance and funding of high quality news in the digital age

Tues Oct 1, 2019
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

School of Journalism, Room 104

Join us for a free lecture by Julia Cagé, author of Saving the Media: Capitalism, Crowdfunding, and Democracy.

Event page

Why do I feel this body as my own? 

Wed Oct 23, 2019
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Frederic Lasserre, Room 104

Join Professor Frédérique de Vignemont as she pursues a
conceptual and empirical investigation on the notion of
self-awareness, in its relation both to social awareness
and to bodily awareness.

Event Page


Sept. 27 - Oct. 4

Coordinated by the UBC Arts & Culture District & Dive Into UBC, ARTIVISM is a student-run festival of art for justice & social change. It highlights stories of relisiance and student activity art practice that challenge dominant narratives through art and culture. Visit the Facebook page below for more info. 




MSSA is Looking for New Members! 

Are you looking to get more involved with the BMS program, and your fellow BMS students? Come make a change in the Media Studies Student Association by applying to one of their open positions! Visit the application form at the link below. 

MSSA Application Form

Volunteers Wanted for FIPR Filming

Sila Goral, and current 4th year FIPR student, is producing a short film as her thesis, called On the Road Again. They are currently holding auditions and need casting assistants (2 per day) to help. No previous experience is required. Contact Sila via email at for more details. 

Volunteer Call for CiTR Accessibility Collective 

The Accessibility Collective at CiTR aims to explore issues of inclusion, equity, and accesibility for people with diverse cognitive and physical abilities. They are looking for student volunteers interested in hands-on experience in broadcasting and creating inclusive space. If you're interested, contact Deepi Leihl at, or visit their website below!

CiTR All Access Pass

Featured Course


JRNL 520A: Decoding Social Media 

Its not too late to register for JRNL 520A: Decoding Social Media with the UBC School of Journalism!

The course is currently being offered to BMS Year 4 students under the course code ASTU 401K. If you are interested in registering for JRNL 520A, please register in the waitlist for ASTU 401K and you eligibility will be reviewed. You will be automatically registered for hte course if you meet the criteria.

Visit the Course Schedule Here

Advising Corner


Deadline to withdraw with a W standing - Oct 11

Now that the add/drop deadline for Term 1 courses has passed, you may still be wondering about dropping classes with a W standing. For more information, please visit the Student Services website below. 

Registration Deadlines

BMS Advising Hours - Mondays 

For the remainder of the term, BMS Advising hours will be on Mondays, with pre-booked appointments available between 10am-12pm, and drop in appointmetns from 1-4pm. If you would like to book an appointment, please email  

Contact the Advisor Here

New Core Plus Courses Added!

We have added a number of new courses that apply towards your Core Plus requirement. Please check out the updated list at the link below, and let us know if any of these courses do not correctly appear on your Degree Navigator. 

Core Plus List

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