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If you'd like a one-on-one visit or phone call, please get in touch with department chair Effie Klein, eklein@langara.bc.ca. For more information about Journalism at Langara, please visit our program page and  Facebook page, where students and grads post information about journalism issues, about jobs, and about life. 

Erica Bulman Department Chair

Phone: 604.323.5877
Office:
Email: ebulman@langara.ca

Erica Bulman

Erica Bulman is a journalist and newsroom leader with 25 years of journalistic experience, locally and internationally.

After freelancing for several years in Europe in the mid-1990s, she was hired by The Associated Press as a European Roving Correspondent based out of the wire agency’s UN bureau in Geneva, where she closely covered the activities of the World Meteorological Organization, the International Union for Conservation of Nature and the World Health Organization.

She covered other high-profile stories such as the Swiss banks scandal, Korean peace talks, the G8 summit riots in Switzerland and France, and the 1998 Swissair 111 crash.

In 2008, she returned to Canada to spearhead the Olympic News Service for Vancouver 2010.

After the Games, Erica became the Editor-in-Chief of 24 hours Vancouver. In 2018, she was entrusted with launching the Star Vancouver as part of the Toronto Star’s nationalization.

Effie Klein Assistant Chair

Phone: 604.323.5395
Office:
Email: eklein@langara.ca

Effie Klein

Effie Klein’s experience is in both news and production, having worked for various Vancouver newsrooms - BCTV, CTV, CKVU, Global, and CityTV - while maintaining her own production company. In her capacity as a journalist, she’s worked mainly as an Editor, Supervising Editor, Writer, Associate Producer, and Feature Producer, but has also taken on camera and directing roles in her documentary work. A number of her series and documentaries have been recognized with awards from the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters (BCAB), the Jack Webster Foundation, and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

Klein’s teaching experience includes the Broadcasting Department at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), in both the television and journalism streams, and the Journalism Department at Langara College. Her academic training includes a Broadcasting Certificate (BCIT), a Bachelor’s in Psychology (UBC), and a Masters in Adult Education (UBC).

Petti Fong Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 3564
Office: A291f
Email: pfong@langara.ca

Peg Fong

Peg Fong is the Vancouver correspondent for The Economist magazine and most recently worked as a producer and reporter for CBC Vancouver in television, radio and online. She was the western bureau chief or the Toronto Star, a reporter for The Globe and Mail and The Vancouver Sun. She is a regular international affairs columnist for the South China Morning Post and MetroNews and the co-founder of the animal news site critterfiles.com and the travel writing site Vacay.ca. She has a master of science degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York.

Neil Amsler Instructional Assistant Journalism

Phone: 604.323.5415
Office: A227e
Email: namsler@langara.ca

Neil Amsler

Neil Amsler is our department go-to guy for everything tech. He’s been an instructional assistant here at Langara’s Creative Arts program for more than 12 years. Prior to joining journalism, his certification in Apple tech was put to work in maintaining the college’s Mac labs throughout the campus. He’s also provided one-on-one tech support to faculty and staff and has done training in InDesign and Photoshop. He’s currently the department IA, providing support to the curriculum, instructors and students. A graduate of Langara’s Publishing program, Neil has worked in web production and print design. He is an avid photographer in his spare time.

Kim Bolan Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5876
Office: A291c
Email: kbolan@langara.ca

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Kim is an award-winning reporter for The Vancouver Sun, where she has worked since 1984. She currently covers gangs and organized crime and runs the popular anti-gang blog The Real Scoop. Kim has covered the biggest criminal cases in B.C. history from the Air India bombing to serial killer Robert Pickton to the Surrey Six gangland slaying. Her work over the years has taken her to wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central America and repeatedly to northern India to investigate the Air India bombing. Her book on the bombing, Loss of Faith: How the Air India Bombers Got Away with Murder, won the Dafoe Book Prize and was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize and the Edna Staebler Award. Kim graduated from the University of Western Ontario’s journalism program after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria.

Frances Bula Assistant Department Chair

Phone: 604.323.5876
Office: A291c
Email: fbula@langara.ca

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Frances is a leading journalist in Vancouver, specializing in urban issues and city politics. She freelances for the Globe and Mail, Vancouver magazine, BC Business, and other publications, after having spent two decades as the education and city-hall reporter at the Vancouver Sun. She was the city columnist for Vancouver magazine from 2008-2015, where her work has earned “best column” at both the Western Magazine Awards and National Magazine Awards. As well, she runs a popular blog and is a political commentator for CKNW, CBC, and Radio-Canada. Frances has been teaching journalism for 23 years.

Richard Lam Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2038
Office:
Email: rlam@langara.ca

Rich400_NX19877-Med-copy.jpgRichard Lam is a Vancouver, B.C.-based freelance photographer specializing in editorial, sports and commercial photography.

He is currently freelancing for The Canadian Press and several other publications as well as the official photographer for the University of British Columbia’s Athletic Department. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world.

Jennifer Leask Instructor

Phone: TBA.
Office: A291f
Email: jleask@langara.ca

Jennifer Leask

Jennifer started her public broadcasting career in Regina as a radio news reporter and went on to work producing television news and current affairs in in Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver. As a network news and current affairs producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, she specialized in field production and special programming (The National), investigative consumer affairs and health reporting (Marketplace), as well as breaking news and feature interviews (News Now with Ian Hanomansing.) She has produced stories from locations across Canada and the US. Jennifer left the CBC to pursue an academic career and completed a Master of Arts in Communication and Technology at the University of Alberta. Her MA capstone project explored data journalism education in Canada. Jennifer is currently working as a producer on various podcast productions.

Barry Link Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2325
Office: A291b
Email: blink@langara.ca

Barry Link

Barry Link graduated from Langara’s journalism program in the early 1990s and jumped into a newspaper career involving the Medicine Hat News, the Richmond News, the Vancouver Courier, The Tyee and community newspaper throughout the Lower Mainland. As a reporter, columnist and editor, he’s covered arts, education, culture, technology, and municipal, provincial and federal politics, writing about everything from Cantopop to school board deals with tech corporations and shady nomination battles to the last roundup of wild horses in Western Canada. He was an early advocate for journalism in new online platforms with the web, social media and video and podcasting. He’s worked with hundreds of writers and freelancers and mentored many young journalists working in the field today. He now works as a freelance writer and editor.

 

Matt O'Grady Instructor

Phone: 604.323.5511 ext. 2507
Office: A291d
Email: mogrady@langara.ca

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Matt is an award-winning communications professional who has held senior leadership positions at both regional and national media companies. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of BCBusiness magazine twice—from Mar. 2008 to May 2011, and Jan. 2014 to Nov. 2016—during which time the magazine was nominated for several National Magazine Awards, as well as a Jack Webster Award for excellence in journalism. He has also worked for The Globe and Mail in both Toronto and Vancouver, mostly recently running their west coast operations as British Columbia Bureau Chief.

Matt has deep ties within the Vancouver media community, having served as an editor at Vancouver magazine and Western Living, worked as an online editor for CBC British Columbia, and taught non-fiction writing, editing and magazine production courses at Langara, Simon Fraser University and Capilano University. He currently represents the publishing industry as board director for Creative BC.

Alexandra Samur Instructor

Phone:
Office: A291e
Email: asamur@langara.ca

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Alex has worked as a writer, editor and digital producer for more than a decade. She joined the Langara Journalism program in 2011 and launched both The Voice Online, the digital edition of the Voice newspaper, and the program’s first digital journalism classes, which she still teaches today.

Her background is in online and advocacy journalism; Alex’s work has appeared in print, online and broadcast for outlets including The Tyee, rabble.ca, BC Living, BC Business, Enterprise, Adbusters and CBC Radio. She also moonlights as a content creator for business and non-profit clients including Slack, Hootsuite and Emily Carr University.

Alex is a co-founder and community manager of Girl Gang, the 7,000+ member online network of women working in media, communications and technology. She was also a founding trustee of the Uncharted Journalism Fund, a grant program designed to help produce bold, new stories and experiments by B.C. journalists.